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Sunday, August 2, 2015

MLB Ejection 151: Hunter Wendelstedt (3; Joe Maddon)

3B Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ejected Cubs Manager Joe Maddon for arguing a Replay Review decision that affirmed 1B Umpire David Rackley's safe call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Cubs-Brewers game. With two out and one on, Brewers batter Adam Lind hit a 1-2 fastball from Cubs pitcher Clayton Richard on the ground to shortstop Starlin Castro, who threw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo as Lind arrived at first base, ruled safe by Rackley. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Cubs Manager Maddon, Rackley's ruling was confirmed (pulled foot), the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Cubs were leading, 2-1. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 4-3.

This is Hunter Wendelstedt (21)'s third ejection of 2015.
Hunter Wendelstedt now has 12 points in the UEFL Standings (10 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable = 12).
Crew Chief Hunter Wendelstedt now has 9 points in Crew Division (8 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 9).

This is the 151st ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 69th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Cubs' 6th ejection of 2015, 3rd in the NL Central (CIN, PIT 7; CHC 6; MIL, STL 5).
This is Joe Maddon's 4th ejection of 2015, 1st since July 22 (Adam Hamari; QOC = Y [Balk]).
This is Hunter Wendelstedt's first ejection since July 22 (Bob Melvin; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 8/2/15
Video: Maddon disputes the review result and is ejected when he continues to argue the point (CHC)
Video: Lind reaches safely on wide throw that pulls Rizzo's foot off the bag (MIL)

MLB Ejections 146-150: West, Reyburn (4-6, 2-3; CIN-PIT)

1B Umpire Joe West ejected Pirates 1B Sean Rodriguez, Reds 1B Joey Votto and Reds CF Marlon Byrd for fighting in the bottom of the 8th and HP Umpire DJ Reyburn ejected Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon for throwing at Reds batter Tucker Barnhart and Manager Clint Hurdle for arguing Melancon's ejection in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Pirates-Reds game. In the 8th, with one out and none on, Reds batter Phillips took a 0-0 fastball from Pirates pitcher Tony Watson for a hit-by-pitch, resulting in a bench clearing brawl during which Rodriguez, Votto and Byrd were ejected for fighting, the call was irrecusable. In the 9th, with one out and one on, Barnhart took a 0-1 cutter from Melancon for a hit-by-pitch. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and hit Barnhart in the upper torso; warnings had not previously been issued, the call was irrecusable. At the time of all ejections, the Pirates were leading, 3-0. The Pirates ultimately won the contest, 3-0.

These are Joe West (22)'s fourth, fifth, and sixth ejections of 2015.
These are DJ Reyburn (70)'s second and third ejections of 2015.
DJ Reyburn now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Previous + 2*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable] = 8).
Joe West now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (-3 Previous + 3*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call] = 3).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 15 points in Crew Division (11 Previous + 4 Irrecusable Call = 15).

These are the 146th, 147th, 148th, 149th, and 150th ejections of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 67/68/69/70th player ejection of 2015.
This is the 66th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Pirates' 5/6/7th ejection of 2015, 1st in the NL Central (CIN, PIT 7; CHC, MIL, STL 5).
This is the Reds' 6/7th ejection of 2015, 1st in the NL Central (CIN, PIT 7; CHC, MIL, STL 5).
This is Sean Rodriguez's first ejection since May 25, 2014 (Larry Vanover; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is Joey Votto's 2nd ejection of 2015, 1st since May 6 (Chris Conroy; QOC = U [USC-NEC]).
This is Marlon Byrd's first ejection since July 8, 2010 (Hunter Wendelstedt; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Mark Melancon's first career ejection.
This is Clint Hurdle's 4th ejection of 2015, 1st since July 11 (Vic Carapazza; QOC = N [HBP/Foul]).
This is Joe West's first ejection since June 2 (Mike Matheny; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is DJ Reyburn's first ejection since May 6 (Joe Maddon; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds, 8/2/15
Video: Phillips is hit in the left elbow on a high inside pitch, resulting in a bench clearing brawl (CIN)
Video: Cowboy Joe ejects three players for fighting after an eighth inning HBP and bench-clearer (PIT)
Video: Melancon's up-and-in HBP of Barnhart in the 9th draws another heave-ho, argument (PIT)

MLB Ejections 143-145: Jim Wolf (1-3; TOR)

HP Umpire Jim Wolf ejected Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons for arguing an ejection no-call (Unsportsmanlike-NEC) in the bottom of the 7th and Blue Jays P Aaron Sanchez and Bench Coach DeMarlo Hale for throwing at Royals batter Alcides Escobar in the top of the 8th inning of the Royals-Blue Jays game. In the 7th, with one out and two on, Blue Jays batter Josh Donaldson took a 2-2 fastball from Royals pitcher Ryan Madson for a called third ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located high and inside and followed preceding batter Troy Tulowitzki's hit-by-pitch and earlier warnings issued, the call was irrecusable. In the 8th, with two out and none on, Royals batter Escobar took a 2-0 fastball from Blue Jays pitcher Sanchez for a hit-by-pitch. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and hit Escobar in the lower leg, the call was irrecusable. At the time of Gibbons' ejection, the Blue Jays were leading, 2-0. At the time of the latter two ejections, the Blue Jays were leading, 3-0. The Blue Jays ultimately won the contest, 5-2.

These are Jim Wolf (28)'s first, second, and third ejections of 2015.
Jim Wolf now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 3*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call] = 6).
Crew Chief Angel Hernandez now has 5 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 3 Irrecusable Call = 5).

These are the 143rd, 144th, and 145th ejections of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 66th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the 67th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Sanchez's line was 0.2 IP, ER.
This is the Blue Jays' 7-9th ejection of 2015, 1st in the AL East (TOR 9; BOS 8; BAL, NYY 4; TB 3).
This is John Gibbons' 4th ejection of 2015, 1st since July 2 (Gerry Davis; QOC = U [Replay Review]).
This is Aaron Sanchez's first career MLB ejection.
This is DeMarlo Hale's 2nd ejection of 2015, 1st since June 19 (CB Bucknor; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Jim Wolf's first ejection since July 25, 2011 (Jim Leyland; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 8/2/15
Video: Volquez buzzes Donaldson in the 3rd inning, drawing a brief argument from the Blue Jays (TOR)
Video: Madson plunks Tulo with one out and one on in the 7th prompting objection, but no ejection (TOR)
Video: Donaldson takes some chin music, much to the chagrin of skipper Gibbons, who gets tossed (TOR)
Video: Benches clear after Sanchez drills Escobar, and the previously-ejected Gibbons reappears (TOR)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

MLB Ejection 142: Mike Muchlinski (1; Lloyd McClendon)

1B Umpire Mike Muchlinski ejected Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon for arguing a ball two (check swing) call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Mariners-Twins game. With two out and one on, Twins batter Kurt Suzuki attempted to check his swing on a 1-1 slider from Mariners pitcher Carson Smith. This play has been referred to the UEFL Appeals Board for further review (Check Swing). At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 2-2. The Twins ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Mike Muchlinski (76)'s first ejection of 2015.
Mike Muchlinski now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (-3 Previous + 2 MLB + ? Call = ?).
Crew Chief Mark Wegner now has ? points in Crew Division (0 Previous + ? Call = ?).

This is the 142nd ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 65th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Mariners' 5th ejection of 2015, 1st in the AL West (SEA 5; HOU; LAA, OAK 3; TEX 2).
This is Lloyd McClendon's 3rd ejection of 2015, 1st since June 2 (Will Little; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Mike Muchlinski's first ejection since June 15, 2014 (Bruce Bochy; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins, 8/1/15
Video: Check swing on a breaking pitch down in the dirt leads to McClendon's ejection in the 9th (SEA)

MLB Ejection 141: Chris Segal (2; Mike Scioscia)

HP Umpire Chris Segal ejected Angels Manager Mike Scioscia for arguing a ball four call in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the Angels-Dodgers game. With one out and none on, Dodgers batter Yasiel Puig took a 3-2 sinker from Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney for a called fourth ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and thigh high (px .474, pz 2.293 [sz_bot 1.660]), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 0-0.

This is Chris Segal (96)'s second ejection of 2015.
Chris Segal now has 4 point in the UEFL Standings (6 Previous + 3 AAA - 1 Penalty - 4 Incorrect = 4).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has -1 points in Crew Division (-1 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = -1).

This is the 141st ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 64th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Angels' 3rd ejection of 2015, T-3rd in the AL West (HOU, SEA 4; LAA, OAK 3; TEX 2).
This is Mike Scioscia's 2nd ejection of 2015, 1st since June 12 (Chris Conroy; QOC = N [Safe/Out]).
This is Chris Segal's first ejection since July 9, 2015 (Lorenzo Cain; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Los Angeles Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 8/1/15
Video: Puig's walk in the second draws a vehement argument from Scioscia, subsequent ejection (FOX)

Friday, July 31, 2015

MLB Ejection 140: Jerry Meals (2; Bryce Harper)

HP Umpire Jerry Meals ejected Nationals RF Bryce Harper for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 11th inning of the Nationals-Mets game. With one out and none on, Harper took a 2-2 fastball from Mets pitcher Hansel Robles for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and thigh high (px -1.151, pz 2.523), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 1-1. The Mets ultimately won the contest, 2-1, in 12 innings.

This is Jerry Meals (41)'s second ejection of 2015.
Jerry Meals now has 2 point in the UEFL Standings (4 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = 2).
Crew Chief Jerry Meals now has 13 points in Crew Division (13 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 13).

This is the 140th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 66th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Harper was 0-5 (SO) in the contest.
This is the Nationals' 6th ejection of 2015, 1st in the NL East (WAS 6; NYM 4; ATL, PHI 3; MIA 1).
This is Bryce Harper's 3rd ejection of 2015, 1st since May 20 (Marin Hudson; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Jerry Meals' first ejection since July 12, 2015 (Jose Bautista; QOC = Y [Balk]).

Wrap: Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets, 7/31/15
Video: Harper objects to an extra-inning strikeout by barking at Meals for a quick heave-ho (WAS)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MLB Ejection 139: Tom Woodring (1; Terry Francona)

HP Umpire Tom Woodring ejected Indians Manager Terry Francona for arguing an ejection no-call (Unsportsmanlike-NEC) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Royals-Indians game. With one out and none on, Indians batter Michael Brantley took a 0-1 fastball from Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie for a hit-by-pitch. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and hit Brantley's calf; warnings had previously been issued after two previous hit batsmen, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Indians were leading, 2-0. The Indians ultimately won the contest, 12-1.

This is Tom Woodring (75)'s first ejection of 2015.
Tom Woodring now has 1 point in the UEFL Standings (-2 Previous + 3 AAA + 0 Irrecusable = 1).
Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom now has 7 points in Crew Division (6 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 7).

This is the 139 ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 63rd Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Indians' 5th ejection of 2015, T-3rd in the AL Central (KC 10; CLE, CWS, DET 5; MIN 3).
This is Terry Francona's 3rd ejection of 2015, 1st since June 28 (Ron Kulpa; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Tom Woodring's first ejection since March 23, 2015 (Glenn Sherlock; QOC = U [Throwing At]).

Wrap: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians, 7/29/15
Video: Francona wants Guthrie removed on HBP after warnings, but Woodring rules it unintentional (CLE)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To Establish a Catch, Voluntary Release is Mandatory

With two dropped fly balls ruled "no catch" via replay review on Tuesday night, now might be a good time to review the criteria of the air putout more commonly known as a catch. A catch is addressed in two different 'official' documents: The Official Baseball Rules and the Major League Baseball Umpire Manual (MLBUM).

F8 Mookie Betts goes over the short wall.
Rule 2.00 [Catch] (2015 OBR Appendix Definition of the term, 'Catch') defines a catch as: "The act of a fielder in getting secure possession in his hand or glove of a ball in flight and firmly holding it...In establishing the validity of the catch, the fielder shall hold the ball long enough to prove that he has complete control of the ball and that his release of the ball is voluntary and intentional. If the fielder has made the catch and drops the ball while in the act of making a throw following the catch, the ball shall be adjudged to have been caught."

In other words, as the MLBUM interprets it, "A ball will be ruled caught when the momentum of the catch is completed and the player voluntarily releases the ball."

The first such play Tuesday evening occurred in Cleveland, when Royals batter Lorenzo Cain hit a fly ball to deep right field. As Indians RF Brandon Moss attempted to corral Cain's fly, he ran into the outfield wall and, in doing so, dropped the baseball. Replays indicate that F9 Moss indeed gained possession of the baseball in his glove, but failed to satisfy the requirement that his release must be voluntary and intentional.
Video: Cain is awarded third base on umpire Eric Cooper's safe call confirmed via replay review (KC)

The more complex of the two plays occurred in Boston on White Sox batter Jose Abreu's long fly ball to right-center field, where Red Sox CF Mookie Betts attempted to catch the sinking fly. Replays indicate that after capturing the ball in his glove, Betts' momentum took him up over the wall and into the Fenway Park bullpen, whereupon the ball popped out of his glove. In addition to an involuntary release, Betts' effort was not ruled a catch by the New York Replay Official because, pursuant to the MLBUM interpretation, his momentum was not completed with the ball still in his control. As Rule 6.09 (OBR 2015 Rule 5.05(a)(9)) states, a four-base award (home run) shall be granted if "any fair fly ball is deflected by the fielder into the stands [in fair territory]." If deflected into foul territory, the award is second base. Had there been less than two outs on this play and Betts was ruled to have legally caught the ball before carrying it out of play, any existing runners would be awarded one base (and B1 would be declared out).
Video: Abreu hits a home run when Betts accidentally juggles his deep drive out of the park (CWS)
Easter Egg: Watch Bullpen Cop, Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan, do his thing at 3:48.

As for the more intricate and complex issue of a ball dropped on the transfer after having been legally caught vs. a ball bobbled and never caught, refer to MLB's May 2014 interpretation of the Catch/Transfer rules.

Monday, July 27, 2015

MLB Ejections 137-138: Davis (3-4; Gomez, Counsell)

3B Umpire Gerry Davis ejected Brewers CF Carlos Gomez and Manager Craig Counsell for arguing a Replay Review decision that overturned 2B Umpire Phil Cuzzi's safe call in the top of the 9th inning of the Brewers-Giants game. With none out and one on, Brewers baserunner Gomez attempted to steal second base off Giants catcher Buster Posey, who threw to second baseman Joe Panik as Gomez slid into second base, ruled safe by 2B Umpire Cuzzi. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, Cuzzi's call was reversed to an out, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the Giants were leading, 4-2. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 4-2.

These are Gerry Davis (12)'s third and fourth ejections of 2015.
Gerry Davis now has 11 points in the UEFL Standings (7 Previous + 2*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable] = 11).
Crew Chief Gerry Davis now has 4 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 2 Irrecusable Call = 4).

These are the 137th and 138th ejections of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 65th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Gomez was 0-4 in the contest.
This is the 62nd Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Brewers' 4/5th ejection of 2015, T-1st in the NL Central (CHC, CIN, MIL, STL 5; PIT 4).
This is Carlos Gomez's first ejection since April 20, 2014 (Fieldin Culbreth; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is Craig Counsell's first career MLB ejection.
This is Gerry Davis' first ejection since July 2, 2015 (John Gibbons; QOC = U [Replay Review]).

Wrap: Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Francisco Giants, 7/27/15
Video: Bochy files a successful Manager's Challenge, bringing the Giants an out closer to victory (SF)
Video: After reversal, Gomez' repeat helmet toss, Counsell's argument prompt ejections in the 9th (MIL)

MLB Ejection 136: Toby Basner (2; Mike Napoli)

HP Umpire Toby Basner ejected Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 1st inning of the White Sox-Red Sox game. With two out and none on, Napoli took a 0-2 fastball from White Sox pitcher John Danks for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and thigh high (px -.338, pz 1.992 [sz_bot 1.460]), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the White Sox were leading, 4-2. The White Sox ultimately won the contest, 10-8.

This is Toby Basner (99)'s second ejection of 2015.
Toby Basner now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (3 Previous + 3 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 8).
Crew Chief Bill Miller now has 4 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 4).

This is the 136th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 64th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Napoli was 0-1 (SO) in the contest.
This is the Red Sox's 8th ejection of 2015, 1st in the AL East (BOS 8; TOR 6; BAL, NYY 4; TB 3).
This is Mike Napoli's 3rd ejection of 2015, 1st since June 28 (Tripp Gibson; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Toby Basner's first ejection since May 28, 2015 (Manny Machado; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Chicago White Sox vs. Boston Red Sox, 7/27/15
Video: After striking out to end the 1st, Napoli tosses his helmet, which rebounds and hits Basner (BOS)