Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MLB Instant Replay Review 100: Seth Buckminster (03)

Instant Replay Review upheld 1B Umpire Seth Buckminster's out call in the top of the 2nd inning of the Dodgers-Giants game. With one out and one on, Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong threw to first baseman Brandon Belt in an attempt to pick off Dodgers baserunner R1 Matt Kemp, Belt's glove swiping onto Kemp's arm as Kemp's hand retouched first base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, Buckminster's ruling that Belt successfully caught the ball and tagged Kemp with his glove prior to Kemp's return to and while he was off first base was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 0-0.

This is Seth Buckminster (67)'s third Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Seth Buckminster is now 2/3 (.667 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Mike Winters' crew is now 4/9 (.444 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 100th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly is now 0/2 (.000 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 65/100 (.650 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants, 4/16/14
Video: Play stands; Kemp picked off 1st after Dodgers' unsuccessful 2nd inning challenge (LAD)

MLB Ejection 009: Fieldin Culbreth (1; Chris Bosio)

HP Umpire Fieldin Culbreth ejected Cubs Pitching Coach Chris Bosio for arguing a ball three call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Cubs-Yankees game. With one out and two on, Yankees batter Jacoby Ellsbury took a 2-2 fastball from Cubs pitcher Zac Rosscup for a called third ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px -.342, pz 1.556 / sz_bot 1.580), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 2-0. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 2-0.

This is Fieldin Culbreth (25)'s first ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Fieldin Culbreth now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Fieldin Culbreth now has 2 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (6 Prev + 1 Correct = 7).

This is the 9th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Cubs' 2nd ejection of 2014, 1st in the NL Central (CHC 2; STL 1; CIN, MIL, PIT 0).
This is Chris Bosio's first ejection since June 17, 2003 (Alfonso Marquez; QOC = U).*Also a DH EJ*
This is Fieldin Culbreth's first ejection since August 21, 2012 (Terry Collins; QOC = Y).

Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs. New York Yankees (Jackie Robinson Day Tribute), 4/16/14
Video: Cubby ejects Bosio for arguing balls and in the Cubs-Yanks nightcap (CHC)

MLB Instant Replay Review 099: Lance Barrett (02)

Instant Replay Review upheld 1B Umpire Lance Barrett's safe call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Indians-Tigers game. With none out and one on, Tigers batter Ian Kinsler bunted a 1-1 curveball from Indians pitcher Cody Allen on the ground to third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who threw to first baseman Nick Swisher as Kinsler arrived at first base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Indians Manager Terry Francona, Barrett's ruling that Swisher did not catch the ball and tag first base prior to Kinsler's touch arrivals was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Indians were leading, 3-1. The Indians ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Lance Barrett (94)'s second Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Lance Barrett is now 2/2 (1.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Dana DeMuth's crew is now 4/5 (.800 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 99th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Indians Manager Terry Francona is now 2/6 (.333 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 64/99 (.646 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers, 4/16/14
Video: Play stands; Barrett's call is upheld after replay doesn't discover clear evidence otherwise (CLE)

MLB Instant Replay Review 098: Rob Drake (01)

Instant Replay Review confirmed 1B Umpire Rob Drake's HR call in the top of the 6th inning of the Nationals-Marlins game. With two out and two on, Nationals batter Jayson Werth hit a 0-1 fastball from Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez in the air to deep right-center field, where the descending fly ball made contact with a fan at or near the boundary atop the outfield wall. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a request by Marlins Manager Mike Redmond and initiation by Crew Chief Joe West, Drake's ruling that the ball cleared the playing field in flight and was not subject to spectator interference upon its exit was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 3-3. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 6-3.

This is Rob Drake (30)'s first Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Rob Drake is now 1/1 (1.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Joe West's crew is now 3/5 (.600 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 98th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Marlins Manager Mike Redmond is now 1/5 (.200 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 63/98 (.643 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins, 4/16/14
Video: Play stands; Home run confirmed when fan interference over playing area is ruled out (WAS)

Rule 6.08(c): To Accept or Decline Catcher's Interference

Yankees Manager Joe Girardi declined an interference penalty during the Cubs-Yankees game in New York Wednesday afternoon, putting into play the rarely seen catcher's interference rule wherein the team elects to accept the play in lieu of the interference base award.

Classic CI: Ellsbury's bat hits Baker's glove.
While Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay stated, "Now they're saying that Gardiner is going to score!...They're saying that Ellsbury is out?" before defeatedly admitting, "I'm lost...I don't know what just happened, I'm not going to try and fake it here—I have no idea," Cubs broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies sat in momentary silence and listened to home plate umpire Jim Reynolds, who was wearing a microphone as he discussed the play with Girardi. Only then did Kasper conclude, "He'll take the run instead of the base, something you don't see that often." Added Deshaies, "If you've got a chance to take the run, then absolutely."

In the 5th inning, with one out and one runner on third base, Yankees batter Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 0-0 curveball from Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel softly on the ground to Hammel, who tagged Ellsbury as he ran towards first base and R3 Brett Gardner jogged through home plate; however, Ellsbury's bat had been impeded by Cubs catcher John Baker's glove, the contact qualifying as catcher's interference as defined by Rule 2.00 [Interference], which states, "Defensive interference is an act by a fielder that hinders or prevents a batter from hitting a pitch." The most common defensive interference is catcher's interference wherein a catcher's glove prevents a hitter's bat from completing its natural swing.

Fortunately, to avoid confusion, the Major League Baseball Playing Rules Committee in 2013 deleted the last sentence of Rule 2.00, which at the time stated, "On any interference the ball is dead." As the Committee noted in its Summary of Rule Changes for 2013, deleting this sentence was necessary in order to account for cases where interference does not result in an immediate dead ball. Among the examples listed was catcher's interference.

That brings us to Wednesday at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, where the Baker-Ellsbury catcher's interference penalty would have awarded B1 Ellsbury first base while sending R3 Gardner back to third base with one out (catcher's interference, where the penalty is accepted, is a dead ball).

Instead, Girardi wanted his run and sacrificed Ellsbury to get it—by declining the penalty, Girardi elected to take the play: B1 Ellsbury out on the unassisted putout to the pitcher and R3 Gardner safe at home, the RBI to Ellsbury. Two out.

Catcher's Interference is the rare instance where a managers are empowered to make a decision like their football coaching counterparts—to accept or decline the penalty. Rule 6.08(c):
[The batter becomes a runner and is entitled to first base without liability to be put out (provided he advances to and touches first base when] the catcher or any fielder interferes with him. If a play follows the interference, the manager of the offense may advise the plate umpire that he elects to decline the interference penalty and accept the play. Such election shall be made immediately at the end of the play. However, if the batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, a base on balls, a hit batsman, or otherwise, and all other runners advance at least one base, the play proceeds without reference to the interference.
Rule 6.08(c) Comment addresses the specific case of a manager declining the interference penalty and accordingly instructs the umpire to keep the play alive, akin to how Obstruction B does not immediately kill the play: "If catcher’s interference is called with a play in progress the umpire will allow the play to continue because the manager may elect to take the play."

Notice plate umpire Reynolds allowed the play to continue through to its completion (though he almost came close to killing it prematurely), which provided Girardi with the opportunity to weigh his options and then strategically decide to decline the interference and accept the play as is.

Video: Catcher's interference penalty is declined as Girardi prefers his Yankees score the run (NYY)

Major League Umpiring Debut: Tom Woodring (75)

Umpire Tom Woodring made his MLB debut during the Cubs-Yankees game in New York on April 16. Woodring joined chief Jim Reynolds' crew, serving as Wednesday's third base umpire during Game 1 of the Cubs-Yankees doubleheader alongside 2B Umpire Sean Barber, 1B Umpire Manny Gonzalez and home plate umpire Reynolds. Barber made his debut in San Diego on March 30.

Woodring is on the Pacific Coast League umpire roster for the 2014 season, which is his second season in the PCL and AAA. Woodring began his career in Minor League Baseball in 2007's Gulf Coast League and worked the California and Eastern Leagues before his promotion to Triple-A. He worked the 2012 All-Star Futures Game and 2012 Arizona Fall League.

Woodring resides in Boulder, Nevada and wears the sleeve uniform number 75, last worn by Chad Fairchild, at the Major League level. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Woodring, who makes his MLB debut at the age of 31, is an alum of Santa Barbara City College and volunteered as a baseball coach at his high school alma mater, Foothill High School located in Henderson, NV. He serves as head baseball instructor at the Las Vegas Baseball Academy.

MLB Instant Replay Reviews 96|97: Manny Gonzalez (2, 3)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Manny Gonzalez's out call in the top of the 2nd and confirmed Gonzalez's out call in the top of the 7th inning of the Cubs-Yankees game. In the 2nd, with one out and none on, Cubs batter Junior Lake hit a 2-1 sinker from Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the ground to Tanaka, who threw to first baseman Kelly Johnson as Lake arrived at first base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Cubs Manager Rick Renteria, Gonzalez's ruling that Johnson caught the ball and tagged first base ahead of Lake's touch arrival was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Yankees were leading, 1-0.

In the 7th, with none out and one on, Cubs batter Nate Schierholtz hit a 2-2 sinker from Yankees pitcher Tanaka on the ground to Tanaka, deflected to shortstop Dean Anna who threw to first baseman Johnson as Schierholtz arrived at first base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Cubs Manager Rick Renteria, Gonzalez's ruling that Johnson caught the threw and tagged first base prior to Schierholtz's arrival was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Yankees were leading, 3-0. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 3-0.

These are Manny Gonzalez (79)'s second and third Instant Replay Reviews of 2014.
Manny Gonzalez is now 2/3 (.667 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Jim Reynolds' crew is now 1/2 (.500 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

These are the 96th and 97th Instant Replay Reviews of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Cubs Manager Rick Renteria is now 4/9 (.444 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 62/97 (.639 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs. New York Yankees, 4/16/14
Video: Play overturned; Junior Lake is placed on first base following review and reversal (CHC)
Video: Play stands; Yankees complete 1-6-3 putout on a confirmed call in the 7th (CHC)

MLB Replay Reviews 94|95: G Davis, Q Wolcott (2, 4)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Gerry Davis' out call in the top of the 5th and confirmed HP Umpire Quinn Wolcott's Rule 7.13 violation no-call (runner out) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Pirates-Reds game. In the 5th, with two out and none on, Pirates batter Jordy Mercer hit a 2-1 cutter from Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto on the ground to second baseman Brandon Phillips, who threw to first baseman Joey Votto as Mercer arrived at first base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle, Davis' ruling that Votto caught the ball and tagged first base prior to Mercer's touch arrival was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Reds were leading, 1-0.

In the 8th, with one out and two on, Reds batter Zack Cozart hit a 1-0 fastball from Pirates pitcher Stolmy Pimentel on the ground to shortstop Mercer, who threw to catcher Tony Sanchez as Reds baserunner R3 Roger Bernadina arrived at home plate. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a request by Reds Manager Bryan Price and initiation by Crew Chief Gerry Davis, Wolcott's ruling that Sanchez did not violate the anti-collision Rule 7.13 and legally possessed the ball and applied his tag to Bernadina was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Reds were leading, 4-0. The Reds ultimately won the contest, 4-0.

This is Gerry Davis (12)'s second Instant Replay Review of 2014.
This is Quinn Wolcott (81)'s fourth Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Gerry Davis is now 0/2 (.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Quinn Wolcott is now 3/4 (.750 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Gerry Davis' crew is now 6/10 (.600 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

These are the 94th and 95th Instant Replay Reviews of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle is now 3/5 (.600 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Reds Manager Bryan Price is now 2/4 (.500 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 61/95 (.642 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds, 4/16/14
Video: Play overturned; Out call at first base is reversed as replay determines runner was safe (PIT)
Video: Play stands; Out is confirmed with no illegal block of home without the ball detected (PIT)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MLB Instant Replay Review 093: Andy Fletcher (01)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Andy Fletcher's out call in the bottom of the 10th inning of the Dodgers-Giants game. With none out and none on, Giants batter Gregor Blanco bunted a 1-1 curveball from Dodgers pitcher Jamey Wright on the ground to Wright, who threw to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as Blanco arrived at first base via a head-first slide. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, Fletcher's ruling that Gonzalez caught the ball and tagged first base prior to Blanco's touch arrival was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 2-2. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 3-2, in 12 innings.

This is Andy Fletcher (42)'s first Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Andy Fletcher is now 0/1 (.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Mike Winters' crew is now 3/8 (.375 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 93rd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Giants Manager Bruce Bochy is now 1/2 (.500 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 60/93 (.645 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants (Jackie Robinson Day), 4/15/14
Video: Play overturned; Giants get the winning run on base after review overturns the call (SF)

MLB Ejection 008: Jeff Nelson (2; Phil Plantier)

HP Umpire Jeff Nelson ejected Padres Hitting Coach Phil Plantier for arguing balk no-calls (Unsportsmanlike-NEC: Late Argument) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Rockies-Padres game. With two out and one on, with Padres batter Alexi Amarista at bat, Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio unsuccessfully attempted to pick off Padres baserunner R1 Will Venable on two separate occasions before Venable was caught stealing second base, (called out by 2B Umpire Laz Diaz). Plantier was ejected following the inning for arguing two separate balk no-calls on Nicasio's pickoffs, the call was irrecusable.* At the time of the ejection, the Rockies were leading, 3-2. The Rockies ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Jeff Nelson (42)'s second ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Jeff Nelson now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 6).
Crew Chief Jeff Nelson now has 2 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (1 Prev + 1 Irrecusable = 2).
*Pursuant to UEFL Rule 6-5-c, Quality of Correctness only applies to the call made directly prior to ejection. Because the balk no-calls in question occurred prior to the pitch that directly preceded ejection, this ejection is irrecusable. This ejection is not eligible for a Post-Inning Exemption as the "one specific call" criterion cannot be satisfied when a coach counts multiple perceived missed calls (multiple plays as opposed to one specific call).
Prop Prediction 1-2: Date of First Ejection of non-player/non-manager: Winner: Arik G (4/15/14).

This is the 8th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Padres' 1st ejection of 2014, 1st in the NL West (SD 1; ARI, COL, LAD, SF 0).
This is Phil Plantier's first ejection since July 24, 1994 (Steve Rippley; QOC = U).
This is Jeff Nelson's first ejection since April 8, 2014 (Rick Renteria; QOC = Y).

Wrap: Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres (Jackie Robinson Day), 4/15/14
Video: #42 Plantier barks and counts after inning's end, drawing an ejection from #42 Nelson (SD)