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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MLB Instant Replay Reviews 1192-1197: Sept 17, 2014

September 17, 2014 featured the following MLB Instant Replay Review decision:

TypeR#PosUmpireRU#TeamRT#NameInnPreResult
R11921BDeMuth, Dana13SF42Bruce Bochy6OutStands
R11931BFoster, Marty15TB57Joe Maddon8SafeOverturned
R11942BDiaz, Laz14KC35Ned Yost1SafeOverturned
R11951BJoyce, Jim4MIN38Ron Gardenhire6SafeOverturned
R1196HPRipperger, Mark14OAK40Bob Melvin9SafeStands
R11971BCederstrom, Gary21TEX46Tim Bogar9OutOverturned

MLB Instant Replay Review Videos (MLB Advanced Media):
Video 1192: SF@ARI: Double play stands after challenge in 6th
Video 1193: NYY@TB: Safe call at first overturned in the 8th
Video 1194: CWS@KC: Safe call at second overturned in the 1st
Video 1195: DET@MIN: Safe call at first overturned in the 6th
Video 1196: TEX@OAK: A's challenge safe call, stands in 9th
Video 1197: TEX@OAK: Rangers challenge out in 9th, overturned

Suspension: Joe West Suspended for Papelbon Incident

MLB suspended umpire Joe West one game following his ejection of Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon and subsequent actions during the post-ejection confrontation. MLB Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre made the announcement:
Joe West handled himself appropriately in ejecting Papelbon after the player's lewd gesture to the fans. I fully understand that Joe was reacting to a player who was acting aggressively, and can understand his frustration with the situation. However, Joe knows that an umpire cannot initiate physical contact with a player, just as a player cannot initiate physical contact with an umpire. I spoke to Joe about the incident, and he admitted that there was a better way to handle the situation. I consider this matter closed.
The last MLB umpire publicly suspended was Fieldin Culbreth, who served as crew chief during the May 9, 2013 Angels-Astros game during which Culbreth's crew allowed Astros Manager Bo Porter to make consecutive pitching changes during the same at-bat, with Porter's second pitcher permitted to exit the game without throwing a single pitch. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia protested that game claiming the umpires neglected to apply Rule 3.05(b) which requires substitute pitchers to face at least one batter or record the third out of an inning, but the Angels came from behind to win the game so the protest was dropped.

In 2012, MLB suspended Bob Davidson for repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner's standards for situation handling related to his ejection of Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel on 5/15/12.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MLB Ejections 193-195: Rob Drake (1-3; Yankees x3)

HP Umpire Rob Drake ejected Yankees Manager Joe Girardi for arguing warnings (Unsportsmanlike-NEC) in the top of the 8th and Yankees P David Phelps and Bench Coach (Acting Manager) Tony Pena for throwing at Rays batter Kevin Kiermaier in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Yankees-Rays game. In the top of the 8th, with none out and none on, Yankees batter Derek Jeter took a 0-2 fastball from Rays pitcher Steve Geltz for a hit-by-pitch. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the inner edge of home plate and shoulder high, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Rays were leading, 6-1.

In the bottom of the 8th, with none out and none on, Rays batter Kiermaier took a 0-0 cutter from Yankees pitcher Phelps for a called first ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the inner edge of home plate and chest high, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the Rays were leading, 6-1. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 6-1.

These are Rob Drake (30)'s first, second and third ejections of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Rob Drake now has 10 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Previous + 3*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable] = 10).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 20 points in Crew Division (17 Previous + 3 Irrecusable Calls = 20).

These are the 193rd, 194th and 195th ejections of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 83rd player ejection of 2014. Prior to his ejection, Phelps' line was 0.2 IP, 1 BB.
This is the 88th Manager ejection of 2014.
This is the Yankees' 10-12th ejection of 2014, 2nd in the AL East (BOS 13; NYY 12; TB 11; TOR 5; BAL 3).
This is Joe Girardi's first ejection since August 13, 2014 (Gerry Davis; QOC = N [Interference]).
This is David Phelps' first career MLB ejection.
This is Tony Pena's first ejection since April 15, 2005 (CB Bucknor; QOC = U [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Rob Drake's first ejection since August 15, 2012 (Joe Maddon; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 9/16/14
Video: After leadoff batter Jeter is hit and warnings are issued, Girardi gets tossed and yells at Geltz (NYY)
Video: When Phelps throws his first pitch of the inning up-and-in, benches clear (NYY)

Fan Ejection: Tim Welke Calls for Removal of Harper Heckler

HP Umpire Tim Welke called for the ejection of a Bryce Harper heckler in the Nationals-Braves game. After Nats batter Harper fouled off a first pitch fastball in the top of the 6th inning, Welke removed his mask and ordered Turner Field security to remove an unruly fan seated next to the Braves dugout. Reports from the stadium suggest the offending fan had exhibited persistent vulgar verbal behavior infused with profanity.

In 2010, Bob Davidson ejected a fan at Milwaukee's Miller Park for allegedly using a homophobic slur aimed at Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Video: Welke halts play to order the removal of a spectator whose actions were out of line (ATL)

MLB Instant Replay Reviews 1186-1191: Sept 16, 2014

September 16, 2014 featured the following MLB Instant Replay Review decision:

TypeR#PosUmpireRU#TeamRT#NameInnPreResult
R11863BFoster, Marty14TB56Joe Maddon6OutOverturned
R11872BHickox, Ed15ATL36Fredi Gonzalez8SafeOverturned
R11882BMiller, Bill13CHC57Rick Renteria4SafeOverturned
R11892BNelson, Jeff14CWS39Robin Ventura2OutConfirmed
r1190HPReyburn, DJ23LAD44Don Mattingly6OutConfirmed
R11911BMeals, Jerry15LAA43Mike Scioscia5SafeOverturned

MLB Instant Replay Review Videos (MLB Advanced Media):
Video 1186: NYY@TB: Out call at third is overturned in the 6th
Video 1187: WSH@ATL: Safe call at second overturned in the 8th
Video 1188: CIN@CHC: Safe call at second overturned in 4th
Video 1189: CWS@KC: Out call on Viciedo confirmed in 2nd inning
Video 1190: LAD@COL: Review confirms out at home in the 6th
Video 1191: SEA@LAA: Safe call at first is overturned in the 5th

Monday, September 15, 2014

MLB Ejections 191-192: Timmons (5, 6; Freeman, Gonzalez)

HP Umpire Tim Timmons ejected Braves 1B Freddie Freeman and Manager Fredi Gonzalez for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Nationals-Braves game. With two out and one on, Freeman took a 3-2 curveball from Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and midpoint high (px -1.035, pz 3.396 / sz_top 3.29 [MOE 3.31]), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejections, the Nationals were leading, 2-0. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 4-2.

These are Tim Timmons (95)'s fifth and sixth ejections of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Tim Timmons now has 10 points in the UEFL Standings (14 Prev + 2*[2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call] = 10).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has 19 points in Crew Division (19 Previous + 0 Incorrect Calls = 19).

These are the 191st and 192nd ejections of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 82nd player ejection of 2014. Prior to his ejection, Freeman was 1-3 in the contest.
This is the 87th Manager ejection of 2014.
This is the Braves' 8/9th ejection of 2014, T-1st in the NL East (ATL, MIA 9; NYM 8; PHI 7; WAS 1).
This is Freddie Freeman's first ejection since September 25, 2013 (Doug Eddings; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is Fredi Gonzalez's first ejection since July 7, 2014 (Mike Everitt; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
This is Tim Timmons' first ejection since September 2, 2014 (Brett Gardner; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves, 9/15/14
Video: Having struck out to end the 6th inning, Freeman gets tossed for violently throwing equipment (ATL)
Video: Freeman discusses the ejections during his post-game interview (ATL)

MLB Ejection 190: Marty Foster (3; Chase Headley)

HP Umpire Marty Foster ejected Yankees 3B Chase Headley for arguing a strike one call in the top of the 7th inning of the Yankees-Rays game. With one out and none on, Headley took a 0-0 cutter from Rays pitcher Alex Colome for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and thigh high (px -.489, pz 1.652 / sz_bot 1.41), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 0-0. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 1-0.

This is Marty Foster (60)'s third ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Marty Foster now has 1 point in the UEFL Standings (-3 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 1).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 18 points in Crew Division (17 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 18).

This is the 190th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 81st player ejection of 2014. Prior to his ejection, Headley was 0-2 in the contest.
This is the Yankees' 9th ejection of 2014, 3rd in the AL East (BOS 13; TB 11; NYY 9; TOR 5; BAL 3).
This is Chase Headley's first ejection since August 19, 2012 (Brian O'Nora; QOC = U [USC-DiMuro]).
This is Marty Foster's first ejection since July 5, 2014 (Ron Gardenhire; QOC = N [Balk]).

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 9/15/14
Video: Headley takes a first-pitch strike, argues Foster's zone and is sent to an early shower (NYY)

MLB Instant Replay Review 1185: Sept 15, 2014

September 15, 2014 featured the following MLB Instant Replay Review decision:

R - 1185 - 2B - Schrieber, Paul - 18 - TOR - 52 - John Gibbons - 9 - Out (Catch) - Confirmed

MLB Instant Replay Review Videos (MLB Advanced Media):
Video 1185: TOR@BAL: Blue Jays challenge out, confirmed in 9th

Sunday, September 14, 2014

MLB Ejection 189: Joe West (3; Jonathan Papelbon)

2B Umpire Joe West ejected Phillies P Jonathan Papelbon for a lewd gesture (Unsportsmanlike-NEC) in the top of the 9th inning of the Marlins-Phillies game. With two out and one on, Marlins batter Marcell Ozuna hit a 1-1 fastball from Papelbon on the ground to shortstop Freddy Galvis, who threw to first baseman Maikel Franco for the third out. Replays indicate that as Papelbon walked off the field to his dugout, he made an obscene gesture, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Marlins were leading, 5-4. The Marlins ultimately won the contest, 5-4.

This is Joe West (22)'s third ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Joe West now has 9 points in the UEFL Standings (7 Prev + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 9).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 18 points in Crew Division (17 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 18).

This is the 189th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 80th player ejection of 2014. Prior to his ejection, Papelbon's line was 1.0 IP, 4 ER, BS, L.
This is the Phillies' 7th ejection of 2014, T-3rd in the NL East (MIA 9; NYM 8; ATL, PHI 7; WAS 1).
This is Jonathan Papelbon's first ejection since June 4, 2011 (Tony Randazzo; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Joe West's first ejection since May 11, 2014 (Ron Gardenhire; QOC = Y-Crewmate [Interference]).

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 9/14/14
Video: Having blown the save, Papelbon exits to chorus of boos, is tossed and confronts Cowboy Joe (MIA)
Video: Papelbon hangs around in the Phils' dugout for Sandberg to return with West's explanation (PHI)

MLB Ejection 188: Dan Iassogna (3; Steve Smith)

2B Umpire Dan Iassogna ejected Reds 3B Coach Steve Smith for arguing an out of the base path call in the top of the 7th inning of the Reds-Brewers game. With none out and one on, Reds batter Zack Cozart hit a 3-2 fastball from Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress on the ground to second baseman Scooter Gennett, who attempted to tag Reds baserunner R1 Ryan Ludwick before throwing to Brewers first baseman Matt Clark ahead of Cozart for a double play. Replays indicate Ludwick appeared to deviate by greater than three feet from his established base path at the time of the tag attempt, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Brewers were leading, 3-1. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 9-2.

This is Dan Iassogna (58)'s third ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Dan Iassogna now has 7 points in the UEFL Standings (3 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 7).
Crew Chief Dale Scott now has 8 points in Crew Division (7 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 8).
Rule 7.08(a)(1) states that a 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 188th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Reds' 5th ejection of 2014, 5th in the NL Central (CHC, PIT 8; STL 7; MIL 6; CIN 5).
This is Steve Smith's first ejection since May 11, 2012 (Derryl Cousins; QOC = Y [Safe/Out]).
This is Dan Iassogna's first ejection since Sept 12, 2014 (Jack Hannahan; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 9/14/14
Video: As Price discusses the play at second, Smith continues to protest, resulting in the toss (CIN)