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Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 UEFL Registration and Appeals Board Nomination

Registration is now open for the 2016 Umpire Ejection Fantasy League season.

Preliminary registrants will appear on the 2016 UEFL Membership Roster. If you submit registration and do not see your username on the roster within four days of submission, please register again.

Pursuant to UEFL Rule 1, as first adopted prior to the 2013 season:
b. Five umpires shall be drafted by each UEFL member in the form of one (1) crew chief per Rule 1-2, two (2) primary umpires per Rule 1-3 and two (2) secondary umpires per Rule 1-4.
c. The draft will be conducted in two phases: Phase one encompasses the crew/primary round while phase two encompasses the secondary draft. Members have the option of drafting all umpires during the first phase.
For more information about the UEFL draft and selection process, see the 2016 UEFL Rules Book. Note that the draft will occur in March 2016; no umpire will be selected until the draft begins in March.

Any visitor, guest or user may become a league member. There is no cost to register for this league. If you would like to register for the 2016 UEFL season, please complete the 2016 UEFL Registration Form. If you experience technical difficulties, please respond to this post with your requested username. If you participated during the 2015 season, you may use the same username or otherwise mention what your username was last season. Do not select umpires during the registration process.

Important Note: To register for the 2016 Umpire Ejection Fantasy League, please indicate your desired username and e-mail address, the combination of which shall serve as user verification. Pursuant to Rules 4-7 and 6-1, users must be logged in to initiate challenges. The UEFL uses DISQUS for this purpose. To register, view any post on the website and scroll to the comments section. Click the "Join the discussion" text box and a variety of sign in options will appear. You can sign in with Facebook, Twitter or Google, or create an account with DISQUS. Your DISQUS sign in (whether Facebook, Twitter, Google or DISQUS itself) must match your UEFL username.

It is recommended that UEFL members be placed on an e-mail list so that we may expeditiously communicate important site-related news, such as UEFL Live Draft order and Prop Boards. If you wish to be included, please click here to subscribe the UEFL Digest.

Registration, draft and roster deadlines (Note: All deadlines extend to 11:59 PM Pacific on date indicated):
March 11, 2016 (Friday): Preliminary and standard registration processes closed, draft opens.
March 25, 2016 (Friday): Last day to submit unrestricted Primary umpires.
March 26, 2016 (Saturday): Last day to submit unrestricted Secondary umpires.
April 1, 2016 (Friday): Last day to submit unrestricted Crew Chief selections.
April 2, 2016 (Saturday): Last day for roster changes (retirements, pre-season injuries, etc.).
April 3, 2016 (Sunday): Baseball's Opening Night (3 MLB Games)
Any late submissions will be "restricted," meaning umpire selection will be limited to a list as determined by the Commissioner and based on timely league drafting activity.

Appeals Board: Rule 6-4-a mandates the establishment and maintenance of an Appeals Board to rule on disputed issues, such as Quality of Correctness. Any visitor, guest or user may become an Appeals Board member and may or may not also be a concurrent league member. The Appeals Board operates on a voluntary basis only and is a one-year term (no term limits). To apply, please access this form. If you are interested in nominating yourself for the one at-large Appeals Board vacancy, please consider the following requirements:
➤ Ability to separate subjectivity from objective analysis;
➤ Extensive rules knowledge or ability to attain exceptional proficiency;
➤ Acceptance of prior and willingness to form UEFL precedent and rule interpretations;
➤ Ability to objectively and thoroughly analyze plays to determine, among others, Quality of Correctness;
➤ Availability to respond to the "Office of the UEFL Commissioner" in a timely fashion;
➤ Board members must abstain from ruling on plays involving drafted umpires (if applicable).

Link: 2016 Appeals Board page on the UEFL Portal
Permanent Appeals Board members are: Gil Imber (Commissioner, Chair), Jeremy Dircks (Deputy).
Appeals Board members re-elected via the 2015 Rules Summit are: Arik G, cyclone14, RichMSN, tmac, Turducken.
Vacancy: Seat 8, Seat 9 [2 vacancies].

Appeals Board nomination and election procedures, deadlines:
February 4, 2016 (Thursday): Appeals Board nominations opened.
March 18, 2016 (Friday): Appeals Board nominations closed and voting begins.
March 25, 2016 (Friday): Appeals Board voting ends, 2016 Board finalized.

If you have any questions, please post here. As you can see, registration will remain open for over four weeks while Appeals Board nominations will remain open for over six weeks. We hope you enjoy this registration process for the 2016 season.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

UEFL Umpire Profiles Updated for the 2016 Season

The UEFL Major League Umpire Profiles have been updated with all data through 2015 in preparation for 2016 UEFL registration, which begins in February. For those new to the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League or unfamiliar to UEFL Umpire Profiles, here is an overview of these pages.

The image to the right is the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Alfonso Marquez, who received the UEFL's 2015 Umpire of the Year Award.

The top section of each profile contains simple biographical information: name, nickname (if applicable), date and place of birth.

The next section follows the umpire's road to the show through their Minor Leagues worked, MLB debut date (with league of debut in parentheses: AL or NL for 1999 or earlier and MLB if after 2000), and MLB uniform sleeve number.

The following section lists the umpire's individual ejections with links to the UEFL Ejection Reports of the specific listed ejections, generally dating back to the 2012 season. The Ejections History entry directly below that dates back even further, but without historical links.

Click the umpire's name next to "UEFL History" to view a raw feed of all posts on the website that relate to that umpire.

Below this is the umpire's Postseason and Special Events History, which includes World Baseball Classic, All-Star and Playoff appearances; those from 2011 to the present link to the UEFL announcements from those specific years.

If the umpire has won any UEFL Awards since 2011, those will be listed in the next section.

Finally, Notes include various tidbits and other interesting information about the umpire.

Visit the UEFL's Umpire Roster and Profiles page to view more Umpire Profiles, and the UEFL Portal's Historical Data page to view raw data—numbers and ejection statistics—dating back to the 2008 season, including a sortable list of all umpires, ranked by total ejections since 2005.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

ABL Ejection - Jordan Taylor (Nathan Wright)

Australian Baseball 3B Umpire Jordan Taylor ejected Sydney Blue Sox Coach Nathan Wright for arguing an out (catch/transfer, reversed from safe/no catch) call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Aces-Blue Sox game. With one out and one on, Blue Sox batter Joshua Dean hit a 2-1 fastball from Aces pitcher Sam Street on a fly ball to left fielder Josh Davies, who attempted to catch the ball. Replays indicate Davies appeared to catch the baseball and subsequently drop the ball while attempting to transfer it to his throwing hand from his glove, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Aces were leading, 6-3. The Aces ultimately won the contest, 6-3.

Wrap: Melbourne Aces vs. Sydney Blue Sox (Australian Baseball League), 1/23/16
[Video posted below, via 'read more']

Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 MLB Umpire Crews (Pre-Season Edition)

Announcing MLB's 2016 Umpire Crew roster: 19 Crews & 75 Umpires, which is a change of -1 umpire from the 2015 iteration. Visit the UEFL's Umpire Roster and Profiles page for a sortable list of all MLB and MiLB call-up umpires (MLB umpires may be sorted by 2016 Crew). This is an unofficial early release of the 2016 MLB Umpire Crews and is subject to change prior to or during the regular season due to vacation, injury, or other events. Procedures for registering for the 2016 UEFL season will be released in early February: Stay tuned!

2016 MLB Umpire Crews (By Umpiring Crew Chief Seniority)

UEFLCrew ChiefUmpire 2Umpire 3Umpire 4
Crew 112 Davis, Gerry34 Holbrook, Sam30 Drake, Rob[Call-Up Umpire]
Crew 232 DeMuth, Dana53 Gibson, Greg15 Hickox, Ed83 Estabrook, Mike
Crew 317 Hirschbeck, John52 Welke, Bill19 Carapazza, Vic70 Reyburn, D.J.
Crew 45 Scott, Dale58 Iassogna, Dan61 Davidson, Bob94 Barrett, Lance
Crew 522 West, Joe44 Danley, Kerwin49 Fletcher, Andy90 Ripperger, Mark
Crew 638 Cederstrom, Gary56 Cooper, Eric28 Wolf, Jim80 Johnson, Adrian
Crew 724 Layne, Jerry21 Wendelstedt, Hunter87 Barry, Scott73 Gibson, Tripp
Crew 89 Gorman, Brian6 Carlson, Mark16 DiMuro, Mike81 Wolcott, Quinn
Crew 98 Kellogg, Jeff7 O'Nora, Brian64 Porter, Alan[Call-Up Umpire]
Crew 1020 Hallion, Tom10 Cuzzi, Phil1 Dreckman, Bruce2 Bellino, Dan
Crew 1133 Winters, Mike14 Wegner, Mark60 Foster, Marty76 Muchlinski, Mike
Crew 1266 Joyce, Jim51 Hudson, Marvin92 Hoye, James4 Fairchild, Chad
Crew 1325 Culbreth, Fieldin77 Reynolds, Jim54 Bucknor, CB79 Gonzalez, Manny
Crew 1465 Barrett, Ted55 Hernandez, Angel23 Barksdale, Lance93 Litle, Will
Crew 1545 Nelson, Jeff63 Diaz, Laz88 Eddings, Doug89 Blaser, Cory
Crew 1626 Miller, Bill11 Randazzo, Tony91 Knight, Brian13 Tichenor, Todd
Crew 1741 Meals, Jerry46 Kulpa, Ron39 Nauert, Paul98 Conroy, Chris
Crew 1827 Vanover, Larry72 Marquez, Alfonso68 Guccione, Chris86 Rackley, David
Crew 1957 Everitt, Mike*50 Emmel, Paul95 Timmons, Tim71 Baker, Jordan
Unassigned3 Welke, TimObtained byClose Call Sports/ UEFL
Some Notes and Observations:
Paul Schrieber is not listed on the MLB Umpire Crew list/staff. He did not work the 2015 postseason, but did officiate the 2015 All-Star Game as the second base umpire.
Tim Welke has not been assigned to a crew, but remains a Crew Chief.
Mike Everitt leads Crew 19 as an interim/acting crew chief (Everitt was on Welke's crew in 2015).
≫ Because of this movement, there are 75 Umpires listed on the Crew list and two Umpire 4 slots available for Call-Up Umpires from AAA baseball. There were 76 umpires and no permanent fill-ins in 2015.

Statistical Promotions or Leftward Lateral Movement:
≫ From Umpire 2 To Interim or Acting Crew Chief: Mike Everitt.
≫ From Umpire 3 to Umpire 2 (Backup Crew Chief): Sam Holbrook, Marvin Hudson, Tony Randazzo.
≫ From Umpire 4 to Umpire 3: Vic Carapazza, James Hoye.

Statistical Rightward Lateral Movement:
≫ From Umpire 2 to Umpire 3: Doug Eddings, Paul Nauert.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

ABL Ejections - Takahito Matsuda (Dave Nilsson, E Green)

Australian Baseball 1B Umpire Takahito Matsuda ejected Brisbane Bandits Manager Dave Nilsson and pitcher Eric Green for arguing a foul ball call (reversed fair call) by HP Umpire James Shields in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Blue Sox-Bandits game. With one out and none on, Bandits batter Mitch Nilsson hit a 2-2 fastball from Blue Sox pitcher Keiji Uezono in the air between home plate and third base. Replays indicate Blue Sox third baseman Joshua Dean attempted to catch the fly ball, but are inconclusive as to whether Dean made contact with the baseball prior to it bouncing into foul territory, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 7-7. The Bandits ultimately won the contest 8-7, in 11 innings.

This is Dave Nilsson's first ejection since December 20, 2015 (Gavin Carson; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is Takahito Matsuda's first ejection since November 28, 2015 (2 x Vavra; QOC = Y [HBP/Ball]).

Wrap: Sydney Blue Sox vs. Brisbane Bandits (Australian Baseball League), 1/9/16
[Video posted below, via 'read more']

Friday, January 8, 2016

ABL Ejections - Blake Halligan, Andrew Bell (2 Vavras)

Australian Baseball 3B Umpire Blake Halligan ejected Aces 1B Trey Vavra and HP Umpire Andrew Bell ejected Aces Manager Joe Vavra for arguing Bell's foul ball call (reversed HR call) in the top of the 8th inning of the Aces-Bite game. With two out and one on, Vavra hit a 3-2 fastball from Bite pitcher Nick Talbot in the air to left field and out of the playing field. Replays indicate the ball appeared to leave the field in foul territory, the call was correct. At the time of the ejections, the Bite were leading, 11-2. The Bite ultimately won the contest, 11-2.

This is Joe Vavra's first ejection since November 28, 2015 (Takahito Matsuda; QOC = Y [HBP/Ball]).
This is Blake Halligan's first ejection since December 26, 2015 (Steve Mintz; QOC = U [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Melbourne Aces vs. Adelaide Bite (Australian Baseball League), 1/8/16
[Video posted below, via 'read more']

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Australian Ejection - Gavin Carson (Kevin Boles)

Australian Baseball HP Umpire Gavin Carson ejected Perth Heat Manager Kevin Boles for arguing a hit by pitch call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Heat-Cavalry game. With two out and one on, Cavalry batter River Stevens took a 0-1 fastball from Heat pitcher Edgar Valle for a hit by pitch. Replays indicate the pitch did not appear to make contact with Stevens' person or uniform, the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Heat were leading, 8-2. The Heat ultimately won the contest, 9-4.

This is Gavin Carson's first ejection since a bench clearing brawl on December 20, 2015 (Josh Warner [Throwing At], Dave Nilsson & David Harris [Fighting]; QOC = U).

Wrap: Perth Heat vs. Canberra Cavalry (Australian Baseball League), 1/3/16
[Video posted below, via 'read more']

Friday, January 1, 2016

Australian Ejection - Trent Thomas (Trent D'Antonio)

Australian Baseball HP Umpire Trent Thomas ejected Sydney Blue Sox DH Trent D'Antonio for arguing a ball two call in the top of the 2nd inning of the Bite-Blue Sox game. With two out and one on, Bite batter Connar O'Gorman took a 1-2 breaking ball from Blue Sox pitcher Craig Anderson for a called second ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located around the lower bound in the vicinity of the inner edge of home plate, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 0-0. The Bite ultimately won the contest, 7-1.

This is Trent Thomas' first ejection since January 30, 2015 (Matt Kennelly; QOC = U [Strike 3 Call]).

Wrap: Adelaide Bite vs. Sydney Blue Sox (Australian Baseball League), 1/1/16
[Video posted below, via 'read more']

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Australian Baseball Ejection - Brett Robson (Tanner Vavra)

Australian HP Umpire Brett Robson ejected Melbourne Aces SS Tanner Vavra for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 7th inning of the Aces-Heat game. With two out and none on, Vavra took a 0-2 fastball from Aces pitcher Cameron Lamb for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located along the outer edge of home plate (pitch f/x unavailable), the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Heat were leading, 6-3. The Heat ultimately won the contest, 6-3.

This is Tanner Vavra's first ejection since November 28, 2015 (Takahito Matsuda; QOC = Y [HBP/Ball]).

Wrap: Melbourne Aces vs. Perth Heat (Australian Baseball League), 12/29/15
[Video posted below, via 'read more']

Monday, December 28, 2015

Top 20 Ejections of 2015 - A UEFL Year in Review

The UEFL presents our Top 20 Ejections of 2015, a year in review. With MLB Network opting to forgo the annual MLB Network Countdown ejections special for the 2015 season, the process of selecting the top ejections of the year falls to the UEFL. Now, with assistance from voter input collected during the 2015 year-end Awards Nomination process, we present the Top 20 Ejections of 2015. We hope you had a happy Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year.

*Note: Qualities of Correctness are provided in the following format: Y=Correct, N=Incorrect, U=Irrecusable.

Umpire Ejection Fantasy League Year in Review: The UEFL's Top 20 Ejections of 2015
Note: Click each umpire's name & ejection # to be taken to the associated ejection report from the season.
20E 142: Mike Muchlinski (1); Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon (Check Swing [Ball]; QOC = Y).
19: E 180: David Rackley (3); Padres Interim Manager Pat Murphy (Prior Foul Ball Call; QOC = U).
18E 135: Jeff Nelson (1). Twins Manager Paul Molitor (Check Swing [Strike Three]; QOC = Y).
17: E 046: Bob Davidson (1); Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly (Replay Review Catch Call; QOC = U).
16E 168: Doug Eddings (4). Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez (Ball Two Call; QOC = Y).
15: E 021-025: Sam Holbrook (1-5); 3 Royals & 2 White Sox (Fighting [Bench-Brawl]; QOC = U).
14E 119-120: Pat Hoberg (2-3); Cardinals C Yadier Molina & Mgr Mike Matheny (Ball; QOC = Y).
13E 173: Paul Nauert (2); Rays 1B James Loney (Strike Three Call; QOC = N).
12E 167: Dan Iassogna (4). Yankees Manager Joe Girardi (Strike Two & Three Calls; QOC = Y).
11: E 146-150: West/Reyburn; 3 Pirates & 2 Reds (Fighting. Throwing At. Arguing Ejection; QOC = U).
10: E 164-165: Brian Knight (1-2); A's CF Sam Fuld & Mgr Bob Melvin (Interference Call; QOC = Y).
#9: E 179: Dan Bellino (3); Phillies Bench Coach Larry Bowa (Instigating a Bench-Clearer; QOC = U).
#8: E 203: Chris Guccione (1); Rangers Manager Jeff Banister (Fair Ball Call Over 3B; QOC = Y).
#7: E 140: Jerry Meals (2); Nationals RF Bryce Harper (Strike Three Call; QOC = N).
#6: E P-1: Jeff Nelson (3); Pirates 1B Sean Rodriguez (Fighting after HBP; QOC = U).
#5E 191: Mike Winters (5); Giants Manager Bruce Bochy (Check Swing K3 Call; QOC = Y).
#4: E 184: Brian O'Nora (1); Rays Manager Kevin Cash (Non-Replay Out Call; QOC = N).
#3: E S-2: Joe West (S1); Braves C AJ Pierzynski (Ball Three Call ["He's Done"]; QOC = U).
#2: E 055: Jim Reynolds (1); Reds Manager Bryan Price (Pre-Game Meeting; QOC = U).
#1: E 196-197: Bill Welke (3-4); Reds 1B Joey Votto & Mgr Bryan Price (Strike Three Call; QOC = N).

Total Correct: 8 / Total Incorrect: 4 / Total Irrecusable: 8 = 66.7% Accuracy (Compare to 69.2% in 2014).

Links to previous years' "Most Unforgettable Ejections" countdown: 2012 | 2013 | 2014.