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Our Mistake: We Missed The Ball On Reporting Baseball's 500,000th Error

This blogger makes mistakes, as sharp-eyed Two-Way readers who can spell and punctuate know all too well.

So errors are something familiar.

Which brings up this milestone: Miami Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes on Saturday committed what is thought to have been the 500,000th error in Major League history (since 1876, that is).

But did he?

Baseball-Reference.com writes:

"Are we 100% certain this will actually be the true, honest-to-god, real 500,000th error since 1876? No, it undoubtedly isn't as there are lots of accounting discrepancies in the 'official' record, especially in the fielding stats. ... For pre-1970's results, fielding records were mostly an afterthought and no effort was made to make sure they balanced at the end of the season. ...

"One other issue that may affect things is that some errors are overturned at a later date."

But, for better or worse, Reyes has been given this "honor." CBSSports.com has video of the historic moment. He bobbles an infield hit and never does get the throw away. And there's a clip of it at MLB.com as well.

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Mark Memmott is NPR's supervising senior editor for Standards & Practices. In that role, he's a resource for NPR's journalists – helping them raise the right questions as they do their work and uphold the organization's standards.
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