Featured Posts

UEFL Appeals Board Decision: E-004 West is AFFIRMED.
The Left Field Corner: Read the March 2015 Issue of LF Corner


Friday, April 24, 2015

MLB Ejection 027: John Tumpane (2; Bruce Bochy)

HP Umpire John Tumpane ejected Giants Manager Bruce Bochy for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 8th inning of the Giants-Rockies game. With two out and one on, Giants batter Brandon Crawford took a 1-2 slider from Rockies pitcher Boone Logan for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and at the height of the knee as it crossed the plate (px 0.247, pz 1.666 [sz_bot 1.560]), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Rockies were leading, 6-4. The Rockies ultimately won the contest, 6-4.

This is John Tumpane (74)'s second ejection of 2015.
John Tumpane now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (3 Previous + 3 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 8).
Crew Chief John Hirschbeck now has 5 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Previous + 1 Correct = 5).

This is the 27th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 10th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Giants' 1st ejection of 2015, 2nd in the NL West (SD 3; SF 1; ARI, COL, LAD 0).
This is Bruce Bochy's first ejection since August 25, 2014 (Doug Eddings; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is John Tumpane's first ejection since April 19, 2015 (David Ortiz; QOC = Y-C [Check Swing]).

Wrap: San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies, 4/24/15
Video: Pitch crosses up Crawford as it crosses his kneecaps, sinking past the plate for a heave-ho (SF)

MLB Ejection 026: Doug Eddings (1; Jon Niese)

HP Umpire Doug Eddings ejected Mets P Jon Niese for arguing a strike one call in the top of the 6th inning of the Mets-Yankees game. With none out and one on, Mets batter Juan Lagares took a 0-0 fastball from Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and at the midpoint (px 0.664, pz 3.448 [sz_top 3.390 / MOE 3.473]), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 6-0. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 6-1.

This is Doug Eddings (88)'s first ejection of 2015.
Doug Eddings now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct = 3).
Crew Chief Doug Eddings now has 1 point in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 1).

This is the 26th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 14th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Niese did not participate in the game.
This is the Mets' 2nd ejection of 2015, 1st in the NL East (NYM 2; ATL, MIA, PHI, WAS 0).
This is Jon Niese's first career MLB ejection.
This is Doug Eddings' first ejection since August 25, 2014 (Bruce Bochy; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: New York Mets vs. New York Yankees, 4/24/15
Video: Eddings stop signs the home bench before expelling Niese for continued complaining (NYM)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

MLB Ejections 021-025: Sam Holbrook (1-5; KC & CWS)

HP Umpire Sam Holbrook ejected Royals P Yordano Ventura, P Edinson Volquez, CF Lorenzo Cain, and White Sox P Chris Sale and P Jeff Samardzija for fighting in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Royals-White Sox game. With two out and none on, White Sox batter Adam Eaton hit a 0-1 fastball from Ventura on the ground to Ventura, who threw to first baseman Eric Hosmer for the inning's third out. Replays indicate that as Eaton jogged down the first base line, Ventura yelled an unsportsmanlike and profane remark at Eaton, leading to a bench clearing incident; warnings were in effect after two prior HBP (Moustakas by Sale, Abreu by Ventura) in the game, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the game was tied, 2-2.

These are Sam Holbrook (34)'s second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth ejections of 2015.
Sam Holbrook now has 14 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Previous + 5*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable] = 14).
Crew Chief Tim Welke now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Previous + 5 Irrecusables = 4).

These are the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th ejections of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
These are the 9th-13th player ejections of 2015. Prior to ejection, Cain was 1-3 in the contest.
These are the Royals' 7-9th ejections of 2015, 1st AL Central (KC 9; CWS 2; DET 1; CLE, MIN 0).
These are the White Sox's 1/2nd ejections of '15, 2nd in ALC (KC 9; CWS 2; DET 1; CLE, MIN 0).
This is Yordano Ventura's first ejection since April 18, 2015 (Jim Joyce; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Edinson Volquez's first career MLB ejection.
This is Lorenzo Cain's first career MLB ejection.
This is Chris Sale's first career MLB ejection.
This is Jeff Samardzija's first career MLB ejection.
This is Sam Holbrook's first ejection since April 17, 2015 (Joe Maddon; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox, 4/23/15
Video: For the second time in a week, Kansas City is involved in a bench clearing brawl (CWS)
Video: Sale's pitch hits Moustakas in the face in the 5th inning, leading to warnings in Chicago (KC)

Major League Umpire Debut of Ryan Blakney (36)

Umpire Ryan Blakney made his MLB debut during the Rangers-Diamondbacks game on April 21 in Arizona. Blakney joined chief Tim Welke's crew, serving as the third base umpire alongside HP Umpire Welke, 1B Umpire Mike Everitt and 2B Umpire Tim Timmons.

Blakney is on the Pacific Coast League roster for the 2015 season, which is his third season in PCL and fourth season overall in Triple-A (2012 International League). He has also worked the Arizona, Midwest, Arizona Instructional, Northwest, Carolina, Texas and Florida Instructional Leagues.

Blakney wears the uniform number 36 at the Major League level, which was last worn by Tim McClelland, and makes his MLB debut at the age of 29; he will turn 30 in May. Blakney presently resides in Arizona and worked MLB Spring Training in 2014 and 2015.

MLB Ejection 020: Gerry Davis (1; Brad Ausmus)

3B Umpire Gerry Davis ejected Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus for arguing a balk call in the top of the 6th inning of the Yankees-Tigers game. With two out and one on, Yankees batter Carlos Beltran awaited the first pitch from Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez. During Sanchez's delivery, Yankees baserunner R3 Brett Gardner faked towards home plate from his position along the third baseline, prompting Sanchez to rush a throw to catcher Alex Avila. Replays indicate Sanchez, pitching from Windup Position, disengaged the pitching rubber and, in doing so, disrupted his natural motion and broke his legal delivery of a pitch, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 1-1. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is Gerry Davis (12)'s first ejection of 2015.
Gerry Davis now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Gerry Davis now has 1 point in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 1 Correct = 1).
*Rule 8.01(a) Comment states that, from Windup Position, a pitcher may deliver the ball to the batter, step and throw to a base, or disengage the rubber "(if he does he must drop his hand to his sides)." If he fails to complete one of this actions (or "Time" isn't first granted), it is a balk. Alternately, Rule 8.05(a) states it is a balk when, "the pitcher, while touching his plate, makes any motion naturally associated with his pitch and fails to make such delivery."

This is the 20th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 9th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Tigers' 1st ejection of 2015, 2nd in the AL Central (KC 6; DET 1; CLE, CWS, MIN 0).
This is Brad Ausmus' first ejection since August 10, 2014 (Bill Miller; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Gerry Davis' first ejection since August 31, 2014 (Bob Melvin; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers, 4/23/15
Video: Delayed balk call made after brief Yankee protest prompts Ausmus argument, ejection (DET)

Case Play 2015-02, Will the Real F3 Please Stand Up?

When an outfielder stands at first base in a five-man infield, what is his position called? Jim Joyce's crew had an eventful weekend (relevant: Ejections 013-017: Greg Gibson & Jim Joyce [KC]), and the rules kept on coming their way in Denver Wednesday evening. With the score tied in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Padres-Rockies game, Colorado loaded the bases with none out. To try and prevent a Coors Field walk-off (the attempt was unsuccessful...walk-off single), Padres Manager Bud Black elected to overload the right side of his infield by bringing in regular center fielder Wil Myers (F8) alongside first baseman Yonder Alonso (F3) and second baseman Yangervis Solarte (F4), creating a five-man infield while leaving left fielder Justin Upton and right fielder Matt Kemp as a two-man outfield. For his first batter, Black instructed Myers to stand next to first base and Alonso to play between Myers and Solarte, such that Myers would likely take any throw at first base.

Official Baseball Rule 1.13 allows the first baseman to wear a leather glove or mitt that is distinctly different in build than gloves allotted to any other fielder, as in Rules 1.12 (the catcher) and 1.14 (all other fielders). For simplicity's sake and the purposes of illustration in this case play, we shall refer to the first baseman's Rule 1.13 hand covering as a "mitt" and all other fielder (except catcher)'s Rule 1.14 device as a "glove."

Case Play Question 2015-02: Is "regular" F3 Alonso permitted to keep his first baseman's mitt while "regular" F8 Myers is occupying the dirt mound closest to first base, or must he trade his mitt in for a glove? Conversely, is Myers permitted to pick up a first baseman's mitt for this play?
Participation in this discussion is worth two points for UEFL owners.

Wrap: San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies, 4/22/15
Video: Daniel Descalso hits a pinch-hit game-ender with the Friars' five-man infield drawn in (COL)
Video: Black motions for Myers, getting LHP Rearick instead as gloves are exchanged (SD)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MLB Ejection 019: Lance Barrett (1; Dave Hudgens)

HP Umpire Lance Barrett ejected Houston Astros Hitting Coach Dave Hudgens for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 5th inning of the Astros-Mariners game. With two out and one on, Astros batter Luis Valbuena took a 2-2 curveball from Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and at the upper midpoint (px 0.624, pz 3.394 [sz_top 3.3]), the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Mariners were leading, 3-1. The Mariners ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Lance Barrett (94)'s first ejection of 2015.
Lance Barrett now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Dale Scott now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 1 Correct = 3).
*With significant digit issues obfuscating the upper strike zone, this ejection is eligible for challenge.

This is the 19th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Astros' first ejection of 2015, T-1st in the AL West (HOU, LAA 1; OAK, SEA, TEX 0).
This is Dave Hudgens' first ejection since August 11, 2011 (Vic Carapazza; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Lance Barrett's first ejection since May 14, 2014 (BJ Upton; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners, 4/22/15
Video: After punching out Valbuena to end the frame, Barrett tosses Hudgens from the dugout (HOU)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Case Play 2015-01, A Base Coach's Helping Hand? [Solved]

A base coach and runner collided for Case Play #1 of the 2015 UEFL season. The play in Texas occurred in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Angels-Rangers game. With one out and runners on first and third, Rangers batter Prince Fielder hit a 0-0 fastball from Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker on a line drive to center fielder Mike Trout as R3 Leonys Martin Scored and R1 Adrian Beltre passed third base. As R1 Beltre rounded the bag, 3B Coach Tony Beasley put his hands up to signal Beltre to stop and return to third base. Beltre's momentum then carried him into Beasley and the two made contact before Beltre reversed course and return to third base as Angels shortstop Erick Aybar poised to throw. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia discussed the play with 3B Umpire Dan Iassogna, who ruled the event a legal play.

Case Play Question 2015-01: Was this a legal play? Why? If not, what is the proper call and how shall the next play proceed (number of outs, runner placement, etc.)?
Participation in this discussion is worth two points for UEFL owners. (This is technically the second CP of the 2015 UEFL season. The first was our ABL Case Play in November 2014. Points for the ABL play will be added alongside those awarded for 2015-01.)
NOTE: A relevant play, also involving the Rangers at third base, occurred vs. Minnesota in 2010.

Case Play Answer 2015-01: Rule 7.09(h) states that interference occurs when "In the judgment of the umpire, the base coach at third base, or first base, by touching or holding the runner, physically assists him in returning to or leaving third base or first base." For the penalty of interference, the baserunner may be declared out. There are two main questions to be answered when it comes to Rule 7.09(h): First, did contact occur (A: Yes). Second, did 3BC physically assist R1 in returning or advancing? The key question as to this second criterion, as eluded to in the responses, is if, in the mind of U3, this contact assisted the runner in returning to third base.

According to Wendelstedt Umpire School Chief of Instruction Brent Rice, "When determining this, the following should apply: If the contact is unintentional, the umpire should require a higher level of proof that the contact assisted the runner. If the contact is intentional, the umpire should enforce the penalty. By his own actions, the base coach is telling you he is assisting him."

Video evidence suggests the contact between R1 and 3BC was unintentional, which thus would require that higher level of proof Brent referenced. In U3's mind, assistance was not proven to that higher standard, making this play legal and not interference.

Thanks to all participants, each of whom shall receive two points for discussion of this play.

Wrap: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Texas Rangers, 4/13/15
Video: Beltre aggressively rounds third base and runs into coach Beasley, acting as a stop sign (TEX)

Monday, April 20, 2015

MLB Replay Reviews, Week 2 (April 13-19, 2015)

MLB umpires experienced 46 instant replay reviews during the week of April 13 - April 19 (+11 over prior week). Games played during this period featured the following MLB Replay Review decisions:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

MLB Ejections 013-017: Greg Gibson & Jim Joyce (KC)

HP Umpire Greg Gibson ejected Royals Manager Ned Yost and Pitching Coach Dave Eiland for arguing warnings in the bottom of the 1st, Royals P Kelvin Herrera and Bench Coach (Acting Mgr) Don Wakamatsu for throwing at A's batter Brett Lawrie and 3B Umpire Jim Joyce ejected SS Alcides Escobar for arguing Herrera's ejection and Unsportsmanlike-NEC in the top of the 8th inning of the A's-Royals game. In the 1st, with two out and none on, Royals batter Lorenzo Cain took a 1-0 fastball from A's pitcher Scott Kazmir for a hit by pitch, resulting in an umpire conference and the decision to issue warnings to both benches. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and struck Cain on the foot, the call was irrecusable. In the 8th, with two out and none on, A's batter Lawrie took a 1-0 fastball for ball two. Replays indicate the pitch was thrown behind Lawrie and shoulder-high (the first pitch fastball had also been thrown off the plate and inside, both at 100 miles-per-hour), the call was irrecusable. At the time of the first inning ejections, the game was tied, 0-0. At the time of the eighth inning ejections, the Athletics were leading, 2-1. The Royals ultimately won the contest, 4-2.

These are Greg Gibson (53)'s first, second, third and fourth ejections of 2015.
This is Jim Joyce (66)'s second ejection of 2015.
Greg Gibson now has 9 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 4*[2 MLB + 0 U] = 9).
Jim Joyce now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable = 4).
Crew Chief Jim Joyce now has 8 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 5 Irrecusable Calls = 8).
*Related Ejection: 011 Jim Joyce (1; KC P Yordano Ventura [QOC = U {Throwing At Lawrie}]).

These are the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th ejections of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 7th Manager ejection of 2015.
These are the 7th/8th player ejections of 2015. Prior to ejection, Herrera's line was 0.2 IP, 0 R.
These are the Royals' 2-6th ejections of 2015, 1st in the AL Central (KC 6; CLE, CWS, DET, MIN 0).
This is Ned Yost's first ejection since June 15, 2014 (Paul Emmel; QOC = Y [Balk]).
This is Dave Eiland's first ejection since August 29, 2000 (Phil Cuzzi; QOC = U [Intentional HBP]).
This is Kelvin Herrera's first career MLB ejection.
This is Alcides Escobar's first ejection since July 22, 2012 (DJ Reyburn; QOC = U [DiMuro Rule]).
This is Don Wakamatsu's first ejection since July 21, 2010 (Jeff Nelson; QOC = Y [Safe/Out]).
This is Greg Gibson's first ejection since September 2, 2014 (Adam Eaton; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Jim Joyce's first ejection since yesterday (Yordano Ventura; QOC = U [Throwing at Lawrie]).

Wrap: Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals, 4/19/15
Video: Cain gets hit, warnings are issued and a pair of Royals are sent to the showers (KC)
Video: After throwing at Lawrie for second time in two days, three more Royals are tossed (KC)
Video: Ejected having failed to plunk Lawrie twice in the 8th, Herrera points to his head (OAK)