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Monday, July 21, 2014

MLB Ejection 128: David Rackley (2; Bryan Price)

HP Umpire David Rackley ejected Reds Manager Bryan Price for arguing a strike three swinging (check swing) call in the top of the 6th inning of the Reds-Brewers. With one out and one on, Reds batter Devin Mesoraco attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 slider from Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta. Replays indicate Mesoraco attempted to strike the pitch, the call was correct, pursuant to the UEFL Appeals Board's adoption of a highly-deferential abuse of discretion standard, as opined by JD, in re: R-145 Barksdale 1. At the time of the ejection, the Brewers were leading, 5-1. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 5-2.

This is David Rackley (86)'s second ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
David Rackley now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Brian Gorman now has 8 points in Crew Division (7 Prev + 1 Correct Call = 8).

This is the 128th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 56th Manager ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Reds' 3rd ejection of 2014, T-4th in the NL Central (CHC 7; PIT 6; MIL 4; CIN, STL 3).
This is Bryan Price's first ejection since April 27, 2014 (Bill Miller; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
This is David Rackley's first ejection since July 12, 2014 (Yasiel Puig; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7/21/14
Video: Price picks up Mesoraco's plea on a check swing call, resulting in the skipper's dismissal (CIN)

MLB Instant Replay Reviews 751-761: July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014 featured the following MLB Umpire Instant Replay Review decisions:

R7512BDiaz, Laz8PIT31Clint Hurdle1SafeStands
r752HPMiller, Bill10SF32Bruce Bochy2OutConfirmed
R7531BFairchild, Chad3PHI24Ryne Sandberg7OutOverturned
R7541BFairchild, Chad4PHI25Ryne Sandberg9OutStands
R7551BWolcott, Quinn13TEX25Ron Washington7OutOverturned
R7563BRandazzo, Tony6MIL17Ron Roenicke4Not HRConfirmed
R7572BSegal, Chris5MIL18Ron Roenicke6SafeStands
r7581BReyburn, DJ13CLE29Terry Francona2HROverturned
r7593BMuchlinski, Mike9CWS21Robin Ventura6Not HRConfirmed
r7602BGonzalez, Manny15DET25Brad Ausmus7Not HRConfirmed
R7611BCulbreth, Fieldin7ARI26Kirk Gibson7OutConfirmed

Instant Replay Review Decision Video Clips (MLB.com/MLBAM):
Video 751: LAD@PIT: Safe call stands at second in the 1st inning
Video 752: SF@PHI: Play at the plate reviewed in the 2nd inning
Video 753: SF@PHI: Out call overturned in the 7th inning
Video 754: SF@PHI: Out call stands to end the game in the 9th
Video 755: TEX@NYY: Out call overturned in the 7th inning
Video 756: CIN@MIL: Ground-rule double confirmed in the 4th
Video 757: CIN@MIL: Safe call stands at second in the 6th inning
Video 758: CLE@MIN: A home run is overturned in the 2nd inning
Video 759: KC@CWS: Foul ball confirmed in the 6th inning
Video 760: DET@ARI: Ball confirmed to be in play in the 7th
Video 761: DET@ARI: Out call confirmed in the 7th inning

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MLB Instant Replay Reviews 747-750: July 20, 2014

July 20, 2014 featured the following MLB Umpire Instant Replay Review decisions:

R7471BConroy, Chris13TEX24Ron Washington6OutOverturned
R7482BBarry, Scott7CLE28Terry Francona8OutConfirmed
R7491BRackley, Dave4SF31Bruce Bochy8OutConfirmed
R7502BBlaser, Cory8ARI25Kirk Gibson7OutOverturned

Instant Replay Review Decision Video Clips (MLB.com/MLBAM)
Video 747: TEX@TOR: Rangers challenge out, overturned in 6th
Video 748: CLE@DET: Indians challenge out, call confirmed in 8th
Video 749: SF@MIA: Posey confirmed out at first in the 8th
Video 750: CHC@ARI: D-backs challenge out, overturned in 7th

Saturday, July 19, 2014

MLB Instant Replay Reviews 738-746: July 19, 2014

July 19, 2014 featured the following MLB Umpire Instant Replay Review decisions:


R7382BConroy, Chris12TEX23Ron Washington3SafeOverturned
r7392BDiaz, Laz7CLE27Terry Francona1Not HRConfirmed
R7402BFagan, Clint13PIT29Clint Hurdle6SafeOverturned
r741HPWelke, Tim11PIT30Clint Hurdle8OutConfirmed
r742HPCarapazza, Vic12WAS27Matt Williams1OutConfirmed
R743HPO'Nora, Brian12HOU20Bo Porter3HBPOverturned
R7441BPattillo, Marcus8CWS20Robin Ventura4OutOverturned
R7452BReyburn, DJ12HOU21Bo Porter4SafeOverturned
R7462BWolf, Jim10PHI23Ryne Sandberg7SafeStands

Instant Replay Review Decision Video Clips (MLB.com/MLBAM)
Video 738: TEX@TOR: Rangers challenge call, overturned in 3rd
Video 739: CLE@DET: Brantley's double confirmed in the 1st
Video 740: COL@PIT: Blackmon out stealing after challenge in 6th
Video 741: COL@PIT: CarGo throw out Cutch, confirmed in 8th
Video 742: MIL@WSH: Out at the plate confirmed in the 1st
Video 743: HOU@CWS: Hit by pitch overturned in the 3rd
Video 744: HOU@CWS: Out at first overturned in the 4th
Video 745: HOU@CWS: Abreu out after challenge in the 4th
Video 746: PHI@ATL: Johnson safe as call stands in the 7th

Friday, July 18, 2014

MLB Ejections 126-127: Cory Blaser (1-2; Prado, Gibson)

HP Umpire Cory Blaser ejected Diamondbacks 3B Martin Prado and Manager Kirk Gibson for arguing a strike one call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Cubs-Diamondbacks game. With none out and none on, Prado took a 0-0 fastball from Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and at the top of the knee (px .682, pz 1.648 / sz_bot 1.460), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Diamondbacks were leading, 5-4. The Diamondbacks ultimately won the contest, 5-4.

These are Cory Blaser (89)'s first, second ejections of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Cory Blaser now has 7 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Previous + 2*[2 MLB + 2 Correct Call] = 7).
Crew Chief Jim Joyce now has -4 points in Crew Division (-6 Prev + 2 Correct Call = -4).

These are the 126th, 127th ejections of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 55th player ejection of 2014. Prior to ejection, Prado was 2-4 in the contest.
This is the D-Backs' 3rd ejection of 2014, 4th in the NL West (COL 7; LAD 6; SF 4; ARI 3; SD 2).
This is Martin Prado's first career MLB ejection.
This is Kirk Gibson's first ejection since June 16, 2014 (Ted Barrett; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
This is Cory Blaser's first ejection since July 16, 2011 (Jim Tracy; QOC = N [Safe/Out]).

Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7/18/14
Video: Grounding out in the 8th, Prado crosses the line running past Blaser, leading to dual tosses (ARI)

MLB Instant Replay Reviews 729-735: July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014 featured the following MLB Umpire Instant Replay Review decisions:

R7292BHudson, Marvin8PIT28Clint Hurdle5SafeStands
R7301BWelke, Tim10COL29Walt Weiss8SafeOverturned
R7311BCarapazza, Vic11MIL16Ron Roenicke7OutOverturned
R732HPBellino, Dan9CWS19Robin Ventura1OutConfirmed
r7331BO'Nora, Brian11HOU19Bo Porter5Not HRConfirmed
R7341BDiMuro, Mike13TB37Joe Maddon5OutOverturned
R7353BHamari, Adam8LAA27Mike Scioscia10SafeOverturned

R736HPWendelstedt, Hunter10TB38Joe Maddon5HBPStands
R7371BMarquez, Alfonso4SEA27Lloyd McClendon16SafeConfirmed

Instant Replay Review Decision Video Clips (MLB.com)
Video 729: COL@PIT: Pirates challenge safe call in the 5th
Video 730: COL@PIT: Rockies challenge safe call in 8th inning
Video 731: MIL@WSH: Brewers challenge out call at first in 7th
Video 732: HOU@CWS: White Sox challenge call at home in 1st
Video 733: HOU@CWS: Umpires review a Castro foul ball in 5th
Video 734: TB@MIN: Rays challenge out all [sic] at first in 5th
Video 735: SEA@LAA: Umpires review safe call at second in 10th
Video 736: TB@MIN: Hit-by-pitch call challenged in the 5th
Video 737: SEA@LAA: Mariners challenge Trout's double in 16th

Case Play 2014-02: Turning Away Interference Double Play

2B Umpire Angel Campos' interference call on the turn of a double play attempt during Friday's Brewers-Nationals game provides us with a quick post-All-Star Break Case Play. This peculiar sequence occurred right out of the gate, in the bottom of the 1st inning with Milwaukee protecting a 1-0 lead. With none out and one on, Nationals batter Anthony Rendon hit a 3-2 fastball on the ground to Brewers shortstop Jean Segura, who threw to second baseman Scooter Gennett as Nationals baserunner R1 Denard Span slid into second base, Span beating the throw, before Gennett threw to first baseman Mark Reynolds ahead of B1 Rendon's arrival.

After Campos' initial and factually correct ruling that Gennett did not tag second base prior to Span's arrival, Span's popped out of his feet-first slide and made contact with Gennett, U2 Campos identifying the interference as Reynolds caught Gennett's throw at first base, good for U1 Vic Carapazza's out call.

In response to Span's post-slide actions, Campos ruled R1 Span out for intentionally interfering with Gennett's attempt to retire B1 at first base, declaring B1 Rendon out for the actions of his teammate, a double play.

After argument from Nationals Manager Matt Williams, 3B Umpire and Crew Chief Bill Miller assembled the umpires: Campos, Carapazza and HP Umpire Chad Fairchild, and after consultation, R1 Span was declared out while B1 Rendon was awarded first base.

Question: Is this the proper call and application of rules? Should both Nationals players have been ruled out, safe, etc.? If so, what runners should be placed (if any) and where (if applicable)? What rule(s) apply?

This Case Play is of the Group variety and expires no earlier than the final out of the final regularly scheduled game Monday, July 21. Participants may receive up to two UEFL points for discussion and solution.

Wrap: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Washington Nationals, 7/18/14
Video: Brew Crew-Nats game encounters a five-minute first-inning delay on interference play (WAS)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Discussions: 2014 MLB All-Star Game

Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom leads the All-Star Game umpires as the Mid-Summer Classic's home plate umpire. He is joined in Minnesota by 1B Umpire Jeff Nelson, 2B Umpire Bob Davidson, 3B Umpire Scott Barry, LF Umpire Todd Tichenor and RF Umpire Vic Carapazza. Veteran Jerry Layne serves as the Replay Official at MLBAM headquarters in New York. The UEFL opens the floor for 2014 All-Star Game discussion. Notes include home plate umpire performance according to pitch f/x and UEFL Rules 6-2-b-a (horizontal bound, "Kulpa Rule") and 6-2-b-b (vertical strike zone, "Miller Rule"). Plays include significant plays, if such plays occur.

- 7/15/14, NL@AL: HP Umpire Gary Cederstrom: pfx (87/88 Balls + 29/34 Strikes = 116/122 = 95.1%).

Close or Notable Plays (Green = QOC Correct / Red = QOC Incorrect / Yellow = QOC Irrecusable).
- 1B Umpire Jeff Nelson rules McCutchen safe at first base on diving try, throw by Derek Jeter
- 3B Umpire Scott Barry rotates to call Tulowitzki safe at second on sliding try for a double
- 3B Umpire Scott Barry calls Ramirez safe on dive back to third on pitch off the backstop

Replay Review Records (2014 Season, Opening Day through All-Star Break) - RAP
PU Gary Cederstrom: .250 (2/8).
U1 Jeff Nelson: .500 (4/8).
U2 Bob Davidson: .647 (11/17).
U3 Scott Barry: .833 (5/6).
U4 Todd Tichenor: .556 (5/9).
U5 Vic Carapazza: .800 (8/10)

Crew Chief and Managers' Challenge Success Percentages:
NL Manager Mike Matheny: .211 (4/19), including a Manager's Challenge Success % of .143.
AL Manager John Farrell: .520 (13/25), including a Manager's Challenge Success % of .550.