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Monday, April 27, 2015

MLB Replay Reviews, Week 3 (April 20-26, 2015)

MLB umpires experienced 51 instant replay reviews during the week of April 20 - April 26 (+5 over prior week). Games played during this period featured the following MLB Replay Review decisions:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

MLB Ejection 032: Manny Gonzalez (1; Jeff Banister)

HP Umpire Manny Gonzalez ejected Rangers Manager Jeff Banister for arguing a Replay Review decision that overturned 1B Umpire Jim Reynolds' foul ball (no fan interference) call in the top of the 8th inning of the Rangers-Angels game. With none out and none on, Rangers batter Elvis Andrus hit a 2-2 fastball from Angels pitcher Mike Morin on a fly ball down the right field line and near the seating area, where the baseball ended up in the stands after Angels RF Kole Calhoun unsuccessfully attempted to make a catch. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, U1 Reynolds' ruling was overturned and Andrus was declared out on fan interference, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 2-2. The Rangers ultimately won the contest, 5-4, in 11 innings.

This is Manny Gonzalez (79)'s first ejection of 2015.
Manny Gonzalez now has 2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable = 2).
Crew Chief Jim Reynolds now has 1 point in Crew Division (0 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 1).

This is the 32nd ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 14th Manager ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Kemp was 2-4 in the contest.
This is the Rangers' 1st ejection of 2015, T-1st in the AL West (HOU, LAA, OAK, SEA , TEX 1).
This is Jeff Banister's first career MLB ejection.
This is Manny Gonzalez's first ejection since May 30, 2013 (Jhonny Peralta; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4/26/15
Video: On looping pop fly to right field wall, Scioscia's successful challenge prods a reversal (LAA)
Video: Andrus is called out on a reversed replay review, resulting in Banister's early departure (TEX)

MLB Ejection 031: Sean Barber (1; Lloyd McClendon)

HP Umpire Sean Barber ejected Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon for Unsportsmanlike-NEC in the top of the 4th inning of the Twins-Mariners game. With none out and one on, Twins batter Chris Herrmann took a 1-1 curveball from Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias for a called second strike. Replays indicate all pitches during the inning were correctly officiated and the call immediately preceding ejection benefitted McClendon's team; thus, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Twins were leading, 2-0. The Twins ultimately won the contest, 4-2, in 11 innings.

This is Sean Barber (29)'s first ejection of 2015.
Sean Barber now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 3 AAA + 0 Irrecusable Call = 3).
Crew Chief Ted Barrett now has 2 points in Crew Division (1 Previous + 1 Irrecusable = 2).

This is the 31st ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 13th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Mariners' 1st ejection of 2015, T-1st in the AL West (HOU, LAA, OAK, SEA 1; TEX 0).
This is Lloyd McClendon's first ejection since March 31, 2015 (Alan Porter; QOC = U [Warnings]).
This is Sean Barber's first ejection since May 16, 2014 (Mike Matheny; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle Mariners, 4/26/15
Video: After a mid-AB jaunt to the pitcher's mound, Lloyd is given the boot enroute to the bench (SEA)

MLB Ejection 030: Quinn Wolcott (1; Bob Melvin)

HP Umpire Quinn Wolcott ejected Oakland Athletics Manager Bob Melvin for arguing a ball three call in the top of the 4th inning of the Astros-Athletics game. With none out and none on, Astros batter Jason Castro took a 2-2 fastball from A's pitcher Drew Pomeranz for a called third ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and waist high (px -1.069, pz 1.997), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Astros were leading, 3-2. The Astros ultimately won the contest, 7-6.

This is Quinn Wolcott (81)'s first ejection of 2015.
Quinn Wolcott now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom now has 0 points in Crew Division (-1 Previous + 1 Correct = 0).

This is the 30th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 12th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Athletics' 1st ejection of 2015, T-1st in the AL West (HOU, LAA, OAK 1; SEA, TEX 0).
This is Quinn Wolcott's first ejection since August 4, 2014 (Joe Maddon; QOC = N [Check Swing]).
This is Bob Melvin's first ejection since August 31, 2014 (Gerry Davis; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics, 4/26/15
Video: After a balled 2-2 pitch, Melvin gets kicked out for chirping too loudly from dugout (OAK)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

MLB Ejection 029: Marty Foster (1; Matt Kemp)

HP Umpire Marty Foster ejected Padres RF Matt Kemp for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Dodgers-Padres game. With two out and none on, Kemp took a 3-2 fastball from Dodgers pitcher Juan Nicasio for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and at the knees (px -0.261, pz 1.636 [sz_bot 1.680 / MOE 1.597]), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Dodgers were leading, 10-7. The Dodgers ultimately won the contest, 11-8.

This is Marty Foster (60)'s first ejection of 2015.
Marty Foster now has 5 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 5).
Crew Chief Mike Winters now has 3 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 1 Correct = 3).

This is the 29th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 15th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Kemp was 2-4 in the contest.
This is the Padres' 4th ejection of 2015, 1st in the NL West (SD 4; SF 1; ARI, COL, LAD 0).
This is Marty Foster's first ejection since Sept 20, 2014 (Ron Roenicke; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Matt Kemp's first ejection since August 7, 2014 (Brian Knight; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres, 4/25/15
Video: After striking out to conclude the frame, Kemp continues to argue and is sent off (SD)

MLB Ejection 028: Dale Scott (1; Ron Roenicke)

HP Umpire Dale Scott ejected Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the 7th inning of the Cardinals-Brewers game. With one out and two on, Cardinals batter Jason Heyward took a 3-1 slider from Brewers pitcher Will Smith for a called fourth ball. Replays indicate the 1-0 pitch, ruled ball two, was located over the inner half of home plate and thigh high (px -.741, pz 1.726 [sz_bot 1.53]), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Cardinals were leading, 2-0. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 5-3.

This is Dale Scott (5)'s first ejection of 2015.
Dale Scott now has -1 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -1).
Crew Chief Dale Scott now has 2 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 0 Incorrect = 2).

This is the 28th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 11th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Brewers' 2nd ejection of 2015, 1st in the NL Central (MIL 2; CHC, CIN, PIT 1; STL 0).
This is Ron Roenicke's first ejection since September 20, 2014 (Marty Foster; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Dale Scott's first ejection since September 13, 2014 (Johnny Narron; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 4/25/15
Video: Walking off the mound during a pitching change, Roenicke engages Scott and is tossed (MIL)

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.