Thursday, April 24, 2014

MLB Replay Reviews 149, 150: DiMuro, Wendelstedt (4, 3)

Instant Replay Review upheld HP Umpire Mike DiMuro's Rule 7.13 violation no-call (out) in the bottom of the 5th and 1B Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt's safe call in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Phillies-Dodgers game. In the 5th, with one out and two on, Dodgers batter Yasiel Puig hit a 1-1 cutter from Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick on the ground to third baseman Cody Asche, who threw to catcher Carlos Ruiz as Dodgers baserunner R3 Hanley Ramirez arrived at home plate. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a request by Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly and initiation by Crew Chief Hunter Wendelstedt, DiMuro's ruling that Ruiz did not block home plate without the ball and remained in compliance with the terms of the anti-home plate collision Rule 7.13 in tagging out Ramirez was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Phillies were leading, 3-2.

In the 6th, with none out and none on, Dodgers batter Juan Uribe 2-2 cutter from Phillies pitcher Kendrick on the ground to shortstop Freddy Galvis, who threw to first baseman Ryan Howard as Uribe arrived at first base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg, Wendelstedt's ruling that Howard did not catch the ball and tag first base prior to Uribe's touch arrival was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Phillies were leading, 3-2. The Phillies ultimately won the contest, 7-3.

This is Mike DiMuro (16)'s fourth Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Hunter Wendelstedt (21)'s third Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Mike DiMuro is now 1/4 (.250 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Hunter Wendelstedt is now 2/3 (.667 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Chief Hunter Wendelstedt's crew is now 2/2 (1.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

These are the 149th and 150th Instant Replay Reviews of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly is now 0/3 (.000 Success) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg is now 3/6 (.500 Success) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Umpires are now 89/150 (.593 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Video: Play stands; Scully prognosticates, "the longer it takes, the righter the call will be" (LAD)

MLB Instant Replay Review 148: Doug Eddings (02)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Doug Eddings' safe call in the top of the 9th inning of the Padres-Nationals game. With none out and none on, Padres baserunner R1 Yonder Alonso attempted to steal second base off Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano and catcher Jose Lobaton, who threw to second baseman Danny Espinosa as Alonso slid into second base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Nationals Manager Matt Williams, Eddings' ruling that Espinosa did not tag Alonso while he was off his base was reversed, the call was incorrect.* At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 3-3. The Padres ultimately won the contest, 4-3, in 12 innings.

This is Doug Eddings (88)'s second Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Doug Eddings is now 0/2 (.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Jim Joyce's crew is now 2/7 (.286 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
*Replay Review Regulation II-D.1.: "A Manager must exercise his challenge (by verbal communication to the appropriate Umpire), or the Crew Chief must initiate Replay Review (if applicable pursuant to Section II.C above) before the commencement of the next play or pitch...the next 'play' shall commence when the pitcher is on the rubber preparing to start his delivery and the batter has entered the batter's box."

This is the 148th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Nationals Manager Matt Williams is now 1/7 (.143 Success) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Umpires are now 87/148 (.588 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Video: Play overturned; Williams challenges Eddings' call at second base, which results in an out (WAS)
Video: Padres skipper Bud Black gets upset about Williams' stall tactics, timing of challenge (SD)

MLB Ejection 018: Toby Basner (3; Paul Clemens)

HP Umpire Toby Basner ejected Astros pitcher Paul Clemens for throwing at Athletics batter Jed Lowrie in the top of the 7th inning of the Athletics-Astros game. With one out and none on, A's batter Lowrie took a 0-0 fastball from Clemens for a hit-by-pitch. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and groin-high, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the A's were leading, 8-1. The A's ultimately won the contest, 10-1.

This is Toby Basner (99)'s third ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Toby Basner now has 13 points in the UEFL Standings (10 Previous + 3 AAA = 13).
Crew Chief Jerry Meals now has 2 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (1 Prev + 1 Irrecusable = 2).

This is the 18th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 8th player ejection of 2014. Prior to ejection, Clemens' line was 2.2 IP, 3 ER.
This is the Astros' 1st ejection of 2014, 2nd in the AL West (TEX 2; HOU 1; LAA, OAK, SEA 0).
This is Paul Clemens' first career MLB ejection.
This is Toby Basner's first ejection since April 13, 2013 (David Wright, Daniel Murphy; QOC = Y).

Wrap: Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros, 4/24/14
Video: Clemens is removed from the game for intentionally throwing at batter Lowrie (OAK)

MLB Instant Replay Review 147: Mike Winters (04)

Instant Replay Review upheld HP Umpire Mike Winters' HBP (dead ball) call in the top of the 8th inning of the Orioles-Blue Jays game. With none out and none on, Orioles batter Jonathan Schoop took a 1-2 fastball from Blue Jays pitcher Esmil Rogers high and inside. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons, Winters' ruling that the pitch made contact with Schoop's hand for a hit-by-pitch was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Orioles were leading, 7-3. The Orioles ultimately won the contest, 11-4.

This is Mike Winters (33)'s fourth Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Mike Winters is now 3/4 (.750 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Mike Winters' crew is now 6/11 (.545 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 147th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons is now 0/6 (.000 Success) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Umpires are now 87/147 (.592 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Video: Play stands; Replay approves Winters' ruling that the ball hit hand prior to or instead of bat (BAL)

MLB Instant Replay Review 146: Phil Cuzzi (03)

Instant Replay Review overturned HP Umpire Phil Cuzzi's HBP (dead ball) call in the top of the 2nd inning of the Yankees-Red Sox game. With one out and two on, Yankees batter Carlos Beltran took a 1-1 curveball from Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront in the dirt. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, Cuzzi's ruling that the pitched ball made contact with Beltran and thus was a dead ball hit-by-pitch was reversed to a wild pitch, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Yankees were leading, 3-0. The Yankees ultimately won the contest,14-5.

This is Phil Cuzzi (10)'s third Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Phil Cuzzi is now 1/3 (.333 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Gerry Davis' crew is now 7/15 (.467 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 146th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Yankees Manager Joe Girardi is now 5/8 (.625 Success) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Umpires are now 86/146 (.589 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Video: Play overturned; Replay Review deems Doubront's 1-1 a wild pitch for an extra Yankees run (NYY)

MLB Instant Replay 145: Dan Bellino (01)

Instant Replay Review upheld 2B Umpire Dan Bellino's safe call in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Diamondbacks-Cubs game. With none out and none on, Cubs batter Emilio Bonifacio hit a 2-2 curveball from Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Bolsinger on the ground to center fielder Tony Campana, who threw to second baseman Aaron Hill as Campana slid head-first into second base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson, Bellino's ruling that Hill did not tag Campana while off his base was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Diamondbacks were leading, 1-0. The Diamondbacks ultimately won the contest, 5-2.

This is Dan Bellino (2)'s first Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Dan Bellino is now 1/1 (1.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Brian O'Nora's crew is now 2/2 (1.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 145th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
D-Backs Manager Kirk Gibson is now 1/3 (.333 Success) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Umpires are now 86/145 (.593 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

MLB Instant Replay Review 144: Greg Gibson (04)

Instant Replay Review upheld HP Umpire Greg Gibson's Rule 7.13 violation no-call (out) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Royals-Indians game. With one out and one on, Indians batter Jason Kipnis hit a 1-1 eephus from Royals pitcher Bruce Chen on the ground to first baseman Eric Hosmer, who tagged first base and threw to catcher Brett Hayes as Royals baserunner R3 Asdrubal Cabrera slid into home plate. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a request by Royals Manager Ned Yost and initiation by Crew Chief Bill Miller, Gibson's ruling that Hayes did not block home plate in violation of experimental Rule 7.13 and tagged Cabrera ahead of his touch arrival was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 0-0.

This is Greg Gibson (53)'s fourth Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Greg Gibson is now 3/4 (.750 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Bill Miller's crew is now 7/7 (1.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 144th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Indians Manager Terry Francona is now 2/7 (.286 Success) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Umpires are now 85/144 (.590 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians, 4/24/14
Video: Play stands; Francona's request for an Umpire-initiated review is granted, but call stands (CLE)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MLB Ejection 017: Gerry Davis (1; Michael Pineda)

HP Umpire Gerry Davis ejected Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda for an illegal substance (pine tar; Unsportsmanlike-NEC) in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the Yankees-Red Sox game. With two outs and none on, Red Sox batter Grady Sizemore hit a 1-1 fastball from Pineda for a foul ball. After the pitch, upon request from opposing Red Sox Manager John Farrell, Davis approached Pineda and inspected his glove, hand and person for foreign substances before finding an illegal substance on Pineda's neck, resulting in his ejection. Replays indicate Pineda's neck possessed an unnatural shine and the substance was transferred to Davis' hand upon inspection, the call was correct pursuant to Rule 8.02(b).* At the time of the ejection, the Red Sox were leading, 2-0. The Red Sox ultimately won the contest, 5-1.

This is Gerry Davis (12)'s first ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Gerry Davis now has -1 points in the UEFL Standings (-3 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable = -1).
Crew Chief Gerry Davis now has 1 point in the UEFL's Crew Division (0 Prev + 1 Irrecusable = 1).
*Rule 8.02(b): "The pitcher shall not—Have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section (b) the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically. In National Association Leagues, the automatic suspension shall be for 10 games."
Note: MLB is not a National Association League.

This is the 17th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 7th player ejection of 2014. Prior to ejection, Pineda's line was 1.2 IP, 2 ER.
This is the Yankees' 2nd ejection of 2014, 1st in the AL East (NYY 2; BOS 1; BAL, TB, TOR 0).
This is Michael Pineda's first career MLB ejection.
This is Gerry Davis' first ejection since August 2, 2011 (Kevin Youkilis; QOC = Y).

Wrap: New York Yankee vs. Boston Red Sox, 4/23/14
Video: After running his finger along Pineda's neck, Davis ejects Michael for a sticky goo (NYY)
Video: MLB Must C: Curious; YES, NESN and the radio crews sort out the Pineda ejection (MLBAM)
Related Video: Earlier this month, also against Boston, Pineda's hand is covered in Pine Tar (BOS)

MLB Instant Replay Review 143: Marty Foster (03)

Instant Replay Review confirmed HP Umpire Marty Foster's out call in the top of the 9th inning of the Cardinals-Mets game. With one out and two on, Cardinals batter Daniel Descalso hit a 2-0 sinker from Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth on a fly ball to center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who threw to shortstop Ruben Tejada to catcher Travis d'Arnaud as Cardinals baserunner R1 Matt Carpenter arrived at home plate via a slide. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny, Foster's ruling that d'Arnaud's glove tagged the back of Carpenter prior to Carpenter's touch arrival at home plate was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Mets were leading, 3-2. The Mets ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Marty Foster (60)'s fourth Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Mary Foster is now 1/3 (.333 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Jeff Kellogg's crew is now 4/5 (.800 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 143rd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny is now 0/1 (.000 Success) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Umpires are now 84/143 (.587 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Video: Play confirmed; Cardinals denied the potential tying run as failed challenge affirms out call (STL)
Video: MLB Must C: Caught, SNY TV and WOR radio broadcasts call the relay play (MLBAM)

MLB Ejection 016: Chris Conroy (1; Bruce Bochy)

HP Umpire Chris Conroy ejected Giants Manager Bruce Bochy for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 4th inning of the Giants-Rockies game. With one out and one on, Giants batter Brandon Hicks took a 3-2 slider from Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood for a called third strike after which catcher Wilin Rosario threw to second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who tagged Giants baserunner R1 Brandon Crawford, resulting in an inning-ending double play. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and knee high (px 0.20, pz 1.736 / sz_bot 1.540), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the contest was tied, 5-5. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 12-10, in 11 innings.

This is Chris Conroy (98)'s first ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Chris Conroy now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct = 3).
Crew Chief Jim Joyce now has -1 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (-2 Prev + 1 Correct = -1).

This is the 16th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 4th Manager ejection of 2014.
This is the Giants' 2nd ejection of 2014, 1st in the NL West (SF 2; SD 1; ARI, COL, LAD 0).
This is Bruce Bochy's first ejection since June 11, 2013 (Wally Bell; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Chris Conroy's first ejection since April 28, 2013 (DeMarlo Hale; QOC = U [Time Delay]).

Wrap: San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies, 4/23/14
Video: SF Bay Area talks about Bochy's ejection, calling the pitch low despite PFX's #s (SF)
Video: After ushering Hicks away from the scene, Bochy says too much and is kicked out (SF)