Saturday, April 19, 2014

MLB Instant Replay Review 110: Lance Barrett (03)

Instant Replay Review overturned 3B Umpire Lance Barrett's safe call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Mariners-Marlins game. With none out and two on, Marlins batter Marcell Ozuna hit a 3-1 fastball from Mariners pitcher Yoervis Medina on the ground back to Medina, who threw to third baseman Kyle Seager as Marlins baserunner R3 Reed Johnson arrived at third base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Marlins Manager Mike Redmond, Barrett's ruling that Seager legally caught the ball and tagged third base prior to Johnson's arrival was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 4-4. The Marlins ultimately won the contest, 8-4.

This is Lance Barrett (94)'s third Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Lance Barrett is now 2/3 (.667 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Dana DeMuth's crew is now 4/6 (.667 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 110th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Marlins Manager Mike Redmond is now 2/6 (.333 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 68/110 (.618 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. Miami Marlins (Interleague Baseball), 4/18/14
Video: Play overturned; Catch/transfer rule interpretation is called into question again on force at third (MIA)

Friday, April 18, 2014

MLB Ejection 011: Joe West (1; Cesar Cabral)

HP Umpire Joe West ejected Yankees pitcher Cesar Cabral for throwing at Rays batter Logan Forsythe in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Yankees-Rays game. With two out and two on, Forsythe took a 0-0 fastball from Cabral for a hit by pitch. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the inner edge of home plate and shoulder high, coming into contact with Forsythe's upper left arm as he attempted to avoid being hit by the pitched ball, the call was irrecusable. It was Cabral's third hit batsman in four batters. At the time of the ejection, the Rays were leading, 11-3. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 11-3.

This is Joe West (22)'s first ejection of the 2014 MLB Season.
Joe West now has 2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable = 2).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 2 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (1 Prev + 1 Irrecusable = 2).
Prop Prediction 1-5: Date of First Ejection for Throwing At/Fighting; Winner: toss 'em (4/19/14).

This is the 11th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 6th player ejection of 2014. Prior to ejection, Cabral's line was 0.0 IP, 3 R, H, 3 HBP.
This is the Yankees' 1st ejection of 2014, T-1st in the AL East (BOS, NYY 1; BAL, TB, TOR 0).
This is Cesar Cabral's first career MLB ejection.
This is Joe West's first ejection since September 13, 2013 (Matt Garza; QOC = U).

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 4/18/14
Video: Cabral drills three batters without an out to his name, drawing Cowboy Joe's ejection (NYY)

MLB Instant Replay Review 108: Phil Cuzzi (02)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Phil Cuzzi's no HR (ball in play) call in the top of the 4th inning of the Angels-Tigers game. With two out and one on, Angels batter Howie Kendrick hit a 1-0 fastball from Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen on a line drive to deep right-center field and off the top of the wall area. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a request by Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and initiation by Crew Chief Gerry Davis, Cuzzi's ruling that the ball hit the top of the outfield fence and remained in play was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Angels were leading, 7-1.

This is Phil Cuzzi (10)'s second Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Phil Cuzzi is now 1/2 (1.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Gerry Davis' crew is now 6/11 (.606 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 108th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia is now 1/2 (.500 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 68/108 (.630 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Detroit Tigers, 4/18/14
Video: Play overturned; Replay officials determine Kendrick's deep drive exited the field of play for a HR (LAA)

MLB Replay Reviews 107|109: Little, Carlson (1, 2)

Instant Replay Review upheld 3B Umpire Will Little's fair ball in outfield call in the top of the 1st and overturned 1B Umpire Mark Carlson's out call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Orioles-Red Sox game. In the 1st, with none out and none on, to lead off the game, Orioles batter Nick Markakis hit a 0-0 fastball from Red Sox pitcher John Lackey on a line drive toward the left field line and into the corner for a double. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Red Sox Manager John Farrell, Little's ruling that the ball landed and first touched the ground in fair territory was upheld, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 0-0.

In the 8th, with none out and none on, Red Sox batter Brock Holt hit a 1-2 breaking ball from pitcher Brian Matusz on the ground to second baseman Steve Lombardozzi who threw to first baseman Chris Davis as Holt arrived at first base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a request by Red Sox Manager Farrell and initiation by Crew Chief Ted Barrett, Carlson's ruling that Davis caught the ball and tagged first base prior to Holt's touch arrival was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Orioles were leading, 7-4. The Orioles ultimately won the contest, 8-4.

This is Will Little (93)'s first Instant Replay Review of 2014.
This is Mark Carlson (6)'s second Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Will Little is now 1/1 (1.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Mark Carlson is now 1/2 (.500 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Ted Barrett's crew is now 3/7 (.429 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

These are the 107th and 109th Instant Replay Reviews of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell is now 1/4 (.250 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 68/107 (.636 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox, 4/18/14
Video: Play stands; Markakis' lined shot on Lackey's first pitch of the game hits the foul line (BOS)
Video: Play overturned; Umpires initiate Crew Chief Review to reverse late out call (BOS)

MLB Instant Replay 106: Marty Foster (02)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Marty Foster's out call in the top of the 2nd inning of the Yankees-Rays game. With none out and one on, Yankees batter Ichiro Suzuki bunted a 0-0 fastball from Rays pitcher Erik Bedard on the ground to third baseman Evan Longoria, who threw to first baseman James Loney as Ichiro arrived at first base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, Foster's ruling that Loney caught the ball and tagged first base prior to Ichiro's touch arrival was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Yankees were leading, 3-0.

This is Marty Foster (60)'s second Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Marty Foster is now 0/2 (.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Joe West's crew is now 3/6 (.500 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 106th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Yankees Manager Joe Girardi is now 3/6 (.500 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 67/106 (.632 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 4/18/14

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Major League Umpiring Debut: Ben May (97)

Umpire Ben May made his MLB debut during the Blue Jays-Twins doubleheader in Minnesota on April 17. May joined chief Tom Hallion's crew, serving as Thursday afternoon's third base umpire during Game 1 alongside 2B Umpire Hallion, 1B Umpire Eric Cooper and home plate umpire Chris Guccione. May rotated to the second base position with Pat Hoberg behind home plate for Game 2.
(AP Photo/Matt York)

May is on the International League umpire roster for the 2014 season, which is his 3rd season in the IL and AAA. May began his career in Minor League Baseball in 2007's Gulf Coast League and worked the New York-Penn, Midwest, Florida State, Eastern and Puerto Rican Winter Leagues before his promotion to Triple-A. He worked the 2011 All-Star Futures Game in Phoenix, 2012 Arizona Fall League (and 2012 AFL Rising Stars Game) and 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifying in Germany.

May was born and resides in Racine, Wisconsin and wears the sleeve uniform number 97, last worn by Todd Tichenor, at the Major League level. The 6-foot , 200-pound May, who makes his MLB debut at the age of 32, is an alum of St. Catherine's in Racine.

MLB Instant Replay Review 105: Jim Reynolds (04)

Instant Replay Review upheld 2B Umpire Jim Reynolds' out call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Brewers-Pirates game. With one out and two on, Pirates baserunner R1 Pedro Alvarez attempted to steal second base on a 1-1 slider from Brewers pitcher Zach Duke to catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who threw to second baseman Scooter Gennett as Alvarez arrived at second base, R3 Andrew McCutchen to third. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle, Reynolds' ruling that Gennett caught the ball and tagged Alvarez prior to his arrival was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Pirates were leading, 5-2. The Pirates ultimately won the contest, 11-2.

This is Jim Reynolds (77)'s first Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Tripp Gibson is now 0/1 (.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Fieldin Culbreth's crew is now 5/5 (1.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 105th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle is now 3/6 (.500 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 67/105 (.638 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 4/17/14
Video: Play stands; Pirates challenge a stolen base attempt in the 7th, call stands as an out (PIT)

MLB Instant Replay Review 104: Tripp Gibson (01)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Tripp Gibson's safe call in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the Royals-Astros game. With two out and none on, Astros batter Alex Presley hit a 2-1 fastball from Royals pitcher James Shields on the ground to second baseman Omar Infante, who threw to first baseman Eric Hosmer as Presley arrived at first base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Royals Manager Ned Yost, Gibson's ruling that Hosmer did not catch the ball and tag first base prior to Presley's touch arrival was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Royals were leading, 2-0. The Royals ultimately won the contest, 5-1.

This is Tripp Gibson (73)'s first Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Tripp Gibson is now 0/1 (.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Dale Scott's crew is now 1/4 (.250 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 104th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Royals Manager Ned Yost is now 2/4 (.500 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 66/104 (.635 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros, 4/17/14
Video: Play overturned; Royals end the inning using a challenge on play at first base (KC)

MLB Ejection 010: Lance Barrett (1; Jason Kipnis)

HP Umpire Lance Barrett ejected Indians 2B Jason Kipnis for arguing a strike one call in the top of the 3rd inning of the Indians-Tigers game. With two out and three on, Kipnis took a 0-0 fastball from Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander for a called first strike before fouling off a 0-1 curveball and swinging and missing at a 0-2 curveball in the dirt for strike three. Replays indicate the pitch called strike one was located over the heart of home plate and knee high (px 0.058, pz 1.694 / sz_bot 1.460), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the contest was tied, 0-0. The Tigers ultimately won the contest, 7-5.

This is Lance Barrett (94)'s first ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Lance Barrett now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 6).
Crew Chief Dana DeMuth now has 4 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (3 Prev + 1 Correct = 4).

This is the 10th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 5th player ejection of 2014. Prior to his ejection, Kipnis was 0-2 in the contest (4 LOB).
This is the Indians' 1st ejection of 2014, T-1st in the AL Central (CLE, KC 1; DET, CWS, MIN 0).
This is Jason Kipnis' first career MLB ejection.
This is Lance Barrett's first ejection since August 25, 2012 (AJ Pierzynski/Robin Ventura; QOC = U).

Wrap: Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers, 4/17/14
Video: Kipnis dumped by Barrett after excessively arguing his strikeout in the third inning (CLE)

MLB Instant Replay Review 103: Bill Welke (01)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Bill Welke's safe cal in the top of the 5th inning of the Braves-Phillies game. With none out and one on, HP Umpire Jim Wolf called Braves batter Gerald Laird out on a 1-2 knuckle curve from Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett for strike three, catcher Will Nieves to shortstop Jimmy Rollins as Braves baserunner Andrelton Simmons attempted to steal second base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg, Welke's ruling that Rollins did not tag Simmons while Simmons was off his base was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 0-0. The Phillies ultimately won the contest, 1-0.

This is Bill Welke (52)'s second Instant Replay Review of 2014.
Bill Welke is now 0/1 (.000 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Crew Chief Brian Gorman's crew is now 3/4 (.750 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 103rd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg is now 2/4 (.500 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews during 2014.
Umpires are now 66/102 (.641 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 4/17/14
Video: Play overturned; Braves lose their lead runner after review grants a double play (PHI)