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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MLB Ejection 133: Alan Porter (3; Mike Redmond)

3B Umpire Alan Porter ejected Marlins Manager Mike Redmond for arguing an out of the base path no-call (safe) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Marlins-Braves game. With one out and one on, Braves batter Chris Johnson hit a 3-2 fastball from Marlins pitcher Sam Dyson on the ground to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who threw to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to third baseman Casey McGehee as Braves baserunner R3 Jason Heyward retreated to third base. Replays indicate Heyward legally remained within the confines of his established legal base path when returning to third base, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Braves were leading, 5-1. The Braves ultimately won the contest, 6-1.

This is Alan Porter (64)'s third ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Alan Porter now has 15 points in the UEFL Standings (11 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 15).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 10 points in Crew Division (9 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 10).
*Rule 7.08(a)(1) states that any runner is out when "He runs more than three feet away from his base path to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s base path is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely."

This is the 133rd ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 59th Manager ejection of 2014.
This is the Marlins' 4th ejection of 2014, T-3rd in the NL East (ATL 6; NYM 5; MIA, PHI 4; WAS 1).
This is Mike Redmond's first ejection since June 5, 2014 (Bill Miller; QOC = Y [Fair/Foul]).
This is Alan Porter's first ejection since April 29, 2014 (Rick Renteria; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves, 7/23/14
Video: Campaigning for an out of the base path call, Redmond crosses the line and is kicked out (MIA)

MLB Ejection 132: Dan Bellino (6; Yunel Escobar)

HP Umpire Dan Bellino ejected Rays SS Yunel Escobar for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 4th inning of the Rays-Cardinals game. With none out and none on, Escobar took a 3-2 fastball from Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px -.479, pz 1.511 / sz_bot 1.580 [MOE 1.497]), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Rays were leading, 1-0. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 3-0.

This is Dan Bellino (2)'s sixth ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Dan Bellino now has 25 points in the UEFL Standings (21 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 25).
Crew Chief Kerwin Danley now has 2 points in Crew Division (1 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 2).

This is the 132nd ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 57th player ejection of 2014. Prior to ejection, Escobar was 1-2 in the contest.
This is the Rays' 8th ejection of 2014, 2nd in the AL East (BOS 10; TB 8; NYY 6; TOR 4; BAL 2).
This is Yunel Escobar's first ejection since May 25, 2014 (Larry Vanover; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is Dan Bellino's first ejection since May 30, 2014 (Workman, Butterfield; QOC = U [Throwing At]).

Wrap: Tampa Bay Rays vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7/23/14
Video: Upon striking out on pitch at the knees, Escobar yells at Bellino for an early shower (TB)

MLB Instant Replay Reviews 770-775: July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014 featured the following MLB Umpire Instant Replay Review decisions:

TypeR#PosUmpireRU#TeamRT#NameInnPreResult
R7702BEddings, Doug13SEA28Lloyd McClendon1SafeStands
R7711BHudson, Marvin9NYM23Terry Collins8SafeOverturned
R7721BReynolds, Jim15DET26Brad Ausmus4OutOverturned
R7732BBucknor, CB11TEX26Ron Washington1OutConfirmed
R7741BCarlson, Mark10PIT34Clint Hurdle8SafeStands
R7752BEveritt, Mike7OAK30Bob Melvin1OutOverturned

Instant Replay Review Decision Video Clips (MLB.com/MLBAM):
Video 770: NYM@SEA: Safe call stands after challenge in the 1st
Video 771: NYM@SEA: Challenge overturns safe call in the 8th
Video 772: DET@ARI: Challenge overturns out call at first in the 4th
Video 773: TEX@NYY: Out call confirmed in the 1st inning
Video 774: LAD@PIT: Safe call stands at first in the 8th inning
Video 775: HOU@OAK: Out call overturned in the 1st inning

Solution for Case Play 2014-2: Interference Double Play

Our interference Case Play 2014-2 is now in the books with the solution below. To refresh:
CASE PLAY: With none out and one on, B1 hit a ground ball to F6, who threw to F4 as R1 slid into and past second base. As F4's throw to F3 beat B1 to first base, U2 ruled that R1 had committed interference. Q: Is this the proper call and application of rules? Should both offensive players have been ruled out, safe, etc.? If so, what runners should be placed (if any) and where (if applicable)? What rule(s) apply?
Relevant Video: Brew Crew-Nats game slows to a crawl in 1st inning on interference play (WAS)

Answer: OBR Rule 2.00 (Interference) states, "Offensive interference is an act by the team at bat which interferes with, obstructs, impedes, hinders or confuses any fielder attempting to make a play." This play qualifies as interference because, in the umpire's judgment, R1 impeded F5's throw attempt.

Rule 6.06(c) Exception, regarding a batter out for illegal action when he interferes with the catcher's fielding or throwing action, states, "Batter is not out if any runner attempting to advance is put out, or if runner trying to score is called out for batter’s interference." This is the "wait and see" exception to "on any interference the ball is dead" axiom that was removed from the rules book to account for plays like that described in 6.06(c). Note that this does not apply to our Case Play and serves as illustration as to when interference is delayed or withheld, dependent upon the result of the play's tail end.

Rule 6.05(m) does, however, state that the batter is out for the actions of his teammate when, "a preceding runner shall, in the umpire’s judgment, intentionally interfere with a fielder who is attempting to catch a thrown ball or to throw a ball in an attempt to complete any play."

Rule 7.09(e) states that interference by "any batter or runner who has just been put out" shall result in the trail runner being "declared out for the interference of his teammate."

Rule 7.09(j) states the runner is out when, "he fails to avoid a fielder who is attempting to field a batted ball, or intentionally interferes with a thrown ball."

Rule 7.09 Penalty for Interference: "The runner is out and the ball is dead."

MLB Umpire Manual #47 states, in part, "In interference plays of this nature, the umpire shall be governed by the intent of the base runner. If the umpire judges that the runner willfully and deliberately interfered with the obvious intent to deprive the defense of the opportunity to make a double play, the umpire shall declare both the runner and batter-runner out. If this is not the case, the umpire shall declare only the runner out. Note, however, that if the runner has already been put out, then the runner on whom the defense was attempting to make a play shall be declared out."

In other words, if this is intentional interference, R1 and B1 are out. If this is "unintentional interference," as was ruled by the umpires in Washington, R1 is out, the ball is dead, and B1 awarded first base. Had R1 been out at second base, both intentional and unintentional interference would have resulted in a double play.

Thanks to all Contributors: BillUnit, bluehair, bwburke94, Cdbees, cyclone14, Dave Twigg, Kyle Douglas, Ron Sowers, $kot, Thomas, Turducken

2 points have been awarded to all aforementioned who are UEFL league participants.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MLB Ejection 131: Mark Ripperger (4; Joe Maddon)

HP Umpire Mark Ripperger ejected Rays Manager Joe Maddon for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 3rd inning of the Rays-Cardinals game. With one out and none on, Rays batter Ben Zobrist took a 3-2 fastball from Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and thigh high (px -.971, pz 2.148), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 1-1. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 7-2.

This is Mark Ripperger (90)'s fourth ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Mark Ripperger now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (6 Prev + 3 AAA - 1 Penalty - 4 Incorrect = 4).
Crew Chief Kerwin Danley now has 1 point in Crew Division (1 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 1).

This is the 131st ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 58th Manager ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Rays' 7th ejection of 2014, 2nd in the AL East (BOS 10; TB 7; NYY 6; TOR 4; BAL 2).
This is Joe Maddon's first ejection since July 4, 2014 (Greg Gibson; QOC = U [Warnings/USC-NEC]).
This is Mark Ripperger's first ejection since June 13, 2014 (Ryne Sandberg; QOC = U [Argued Ejection]).

Wrap: Tampa Bay Rays vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7/22/14
Video: Maddon chirps from the dugout and is eventually heaved in the top of the 3rd inning (TB)

MLB Ejections 129-130: Basner, Nelson (5, 3)

HP Umpire Toby Basner ejected Pirates pitcher Justin Wilson for throwing at Dodgers batter Justin Turner and 3B Umpire Jeff Nelson ejected Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle for arguing Hughes' ejection (Unsportsmanlike-NEC) in the top of the 7th inning of the Dodgers-Pirates game. With none out and none on, Turner took a 1-0 fastball for a hit by pitch. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the inner edge of home plate and elbow high, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the Pirates were leading, 8-4. The Pirates ultimately won the contest, 12-7.

This is Toby Basner (99)'s fifth ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Jeff Nelson (45)'s third ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Toby Basner now has 17 points in the UEFL Standings (14 Previous + 3 AAA + 0 Irrecusable = 17).
Jeff Nelson now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (6 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 8).
Crew Chief Jeff Nelson now has 6 points in Crew Division (4 Prev + 2 Irrecusable Call = 6).

This is the 129th, 130th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 56th player ejection of 2014. Prior to ejection, Wilson's line was 0.0 IP, ER.
This is the 57th Manager ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Pirates' 7/8th ejection of 2014, 1st in the NL Central (PIT 8; CHC 7; MIL 4; CIN, STL 3).
This is Justin Wilson's first career MLB ejection.
This is Clint Hurdle's first ejection since June 18, 2014 (Jerry Layne; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
This is Toby Basner's first ejection since May 1, 2014 (Brian Butterfield; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
This is Jeff Nelson's first ejection since April 15, 2014 (Phil Plantier; QOC = U [Balks/USC-NEC]).

Wrap: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7/22/14
Video: Hurdle is tossed arguing Wilson's ejection, which occurred on the 4th hit batsman of the game (PIT)

MLB Instant Replay Reviews 762-769: July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 featured the following MLB Umpire Instant Replay Review decisions:

TypeR#PosUmpireRU#TeamRT#NameInnPreResult
R7621BDiaz, Laz9PIT32Clint Hurdle1SafeOverturned
R7632BCarlson, Mark9PIT33Jeff Banister7OutOverturned
R764HPGorman, Brian8MIL19Ron Roenicke7HBPConfirmed
R7651BFletcher, Andy7KC27Ned Yost5OutStands
R7662BMuchlinski, Mike10CWS22Robin Ventura5OutOverturned
R7671BBellino, Dan10STL20Mike Matheny6FoulConfirmed
R7683BConroy, Chris14WAS28Matt Williams2OutStands
R7692BSchrieber, Paul10OAK29Bob Melvin10SafeOverturned

Instant Replay Review Decision Video Clips (MLB.com/MLBAM):
Video 762: LAD@PIT: Pirates win challenge on safe call in 1st
Video 763: LAD@PIT: Pirates challenge double play to end the 7th
Video 764: CIN@MIL: Brewers challenge in the 7th, call confirmed
Video 765: KC@CWS: An out call at first stands in the 5th
Video 766: KC@CWS: An out call at second is challenged in 5th
Video 767: TB@STL: Cardinals challenge foul ball call in the 6th
Video 768: WSH@COL: Nationals challenge play in 2nd, call stands
Video 769: HOU@OAK: Athletics challenge safe call in the 10th

Monday, July 21, 2014

MLB Ejection 128: David Rackley (2; Bryan Price)

HP Umpire David Rackley ejected Reds Manager Bryan Price for arguing a strike three swinging (check swing) call in the top of the 6th inning of the Reds-Brewers. With one out and one on, Reds batter Devin Mesoraco attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 slider from Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta. Replays indicate Mesoraco attempted to strike the pitch, the call was correct, pursuant to the UEFL Appeals Board's adoption of a highly-deferential abuse of discretion standard, as opined by JD, in re: R-145 Barksdale 1. At the time of the ejection, the Brewers were leading, 5-1. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 5-2.

This is David Rackley (86)'s second ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
David Rackley now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Brian Gorman now has 8 points in Crew Division (7 Prev + 1 Correct Call = 8).

This is the 128th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 56th Manager ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Reds' 3rd ejection of 2014, T-4th in the NL Central (CHC 7; PIT 6; MIL 4; CIN, STL 3).
This is Bryan Price's first ejection since April 27, 2014 (Bill Miller; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
This is David Rackley's first ejection since July 12, 2014 (Yasiel Puig; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7/21/14
Video: Price picks up Mesoraco's plea on a check swing call, resulting in the skipper's dismissal (CIN)

MLB Instant Replay Reviews 751-761: July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014 featured the following MLB Umpire Instant Replay Review decisions:

TypeR#PosUmpireRU#TeamRT#NameInnPreResult
R7512BDiaz, Laz8PIT31Clint Hurdle1SafeStands
r752HPMiller, Bill10SF32Bruce Bochy2OutConfirmed
R7531BFairchild, Chad3PHI24Ryne Sandberg7OutOverturned
R7541BFairchild, Chad4PHI25Ryne Sandberg9OutStands
R7551BWolcott, Quinn13TEX25Ron Washington7OutOverturned
R7563BRandazzo, Tony6MIL17Ron Roenicke4Not HRConfirmed
R7572BSegal, Chris5MIL18Ron Roenicke6SafeStands
r7581BReyburn, DJ13CLE29Terry Francona2HROverturned
r7593BMuchlinski, Mike9CWS21Robin Ventura6Not HRConfirmed
r7602BGonzalez, Manny15DET25Brad Ausmus7Not HRConfirmed
R7611BCulbreth, Fieldin7ARI26Kirk Gibson7OutConfirmed

Instant Replay Review Decision Video Clips (MLB.com/MLBAM):
Video 751: LAD@PIT: Safe call stands at second in the 1st inning
Video 752: SF@PHI: Play at the plate reviewed in the 2nd inning
Video 753: SF@PHI: Out call overturned in the 7th inning
Video 754: SF@PHI: Out call stands to end the game in the 9th
Video 755: TEX@NYY: Out call overturned in the 7th inning
Video 756: CIN@MIL: Ground-rule double confirmed in the 4th
Video 757: CIN@MIL: Safe call stands at second in the 6th inning
Video 758: CLE@MIN: A home run is overturned in the 2nd inning
Video 759: KC@CWS: Foul ball confirmed in the 6th inning
Video 760: DET@ARI: Ball confirmed to be in play in the 7th
Video 761: DET@ARI: Out call confirmed in the 7th inning

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MLB Instant Replay Reviews 747-750: July 20, 2014

July 20, 2014 featured the following MLB Umpire Instant Replay Review decisions:

TypeR#PosUmpireRU#TeamRT#NameInnPreResult
R7471BConroy, Chris13TEX24Ron Washington6OutOverturned
R7482BBarry, Scott7CLE28Terry Francona8OutConfirmed
R7491BRackley, Dave4SF31Bruce Bochy8OutConfirmed
R7502BBlaser, Cory8ARI25Kirk Gibson7OutOverturned

Instant Replay Review Decision Video Clips (MLB.com/MLBAM)
Video 747: TEX@TOR: Rangers challenge out, overturned in 6th
Video 748: CLE@DET: Indians challenge out, call confirmed in 8th
Video 749: SF@MIA: Posey confirmed out at first in the 8th
Video 750: CHC@ARI: D-backs challenge out, overturned in 7th