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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

MLB Ejection 091 - Dan Bellino (2; Adrian Gonzalez)

3B Umpire Dan Bellino ejected Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez for arguing a check swing (strike two) call in the top of the 4th inning of the Dodgers-Brewers game. With none out and one on (R1), Gonzalez attempted to check his swing on a 0-1 fastball from Brewers pitcher Junior Guerra before striking out on three pitches. This ruling has been referred to the UEFL Appeals Board for further review. At the time of the ejection, the Brewers were leading, 5-0. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 7-0.

This is Dan Bellino (2)'s second ejection of the 2016 MLB regular season.
Dan Bellino now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (4 Previous + 2 MLB +  = ?).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has ? points in Crew Division (13 Previous + ? Call = ?).

This is the 91st ejection report of the 2016 regular season.
This is the 45th player ejection of 2016. Prior to ejection, Gonzalez was 0-1 (SO, BB) in the contest.
This is Los Angeles' 3rd ejection of 2016, T-1st in the NL West (LAD, SD 3; ARI, COL 2; SF 0).
This is Adrian Gonzalez's first ejection since June 12, 2015 (Doug Eddings; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Dan Bellino's first ejection since April 21, 2016 (Matt Wieters; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 6/29/16 | Video available via "Read more"

MLB Ejection 090 - Bill Miller (2; Andy Green)

1B Umpire Bill Miller ejected Padres Manager Andy Green for arguing an interference no-call (safe) by HP Umpire Todd Tichenor in the top of the 5th inning of the Orioles-Padres game. With two out and the bases loaded, Orioles batter Chris Davis hit a 1-0 changeup from Padres pitcher Christian Friedrich on the ground to Friedrich, who attempted to throw to first baseman Wil Myers for the inning's third out. Replays indicate Friedrich's throw which could have reasonably retired the runner passed Davis untouched as Davis' left foot was in contact with the ground completely inside of (to the left of) the runner's lane line. This ruling has been referred to the UEFL Appeals Board for further review. At the time of the ejection, the Orioles were leading, 6-0.

This is Bill Miller (26)'s third ejection of the 2016 MLB regular season.
Bill Miller now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (3 Previous + 2 MLB + ? Crewmate = ?).
Crew Chief Bill Miller now has ? points in Crew Division (7 Previous + ? Call = ?).

This is the 90th ejection report of the 2016 regular season.
This is the 35th Manager ejection of 2016.
This is San Diego's 3rd ejection of 2016, 1st in the NL West (SD 3; ARI, COL, LAD 2; SF 0).
This is Andy Green's 2nd ejection of 2016, 1st since April 19 (Brian Gorman; QOC = Y-C [Balk]).
This is Bill Miller's first ejection since May 17, 2016 (John Farrell; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Baltimore Orioles vs. San Diego Padres, 6/29/16 | Video available via "Read more"

Starting From Scratch - Batter Disrupts Pitcher's Delivery

Umpire DJ Reyburn's non-balk call on Boston's Rick Porcello in Tampa Bay was precisely the correct call when Rays batter Logan Morrison requested "time" after Porcello had already started his delivery, and Porcello henceforth stopped his natural pitching motion after seeing Morrison step back in the left-handed batter's box.

DJ orders the play a do-over from "scratch."
With two out and two on in the home half of the third inning Tuesday evening, Morrison dug in for Porcello's 0-2 pitch, only to request "Time" mere seconds after stepping into the box. Seeing Porcello on the cusp of a delivery, Reyburn did not grant Morrison's request, though Morrison took it upon himself to step away from home plate as Porcello begin his pitch. Porcello, seeing Morrison had given up on the play, likewise stopped his motion and put his free foot down before throwing a half-hearted attempt at a pitch (having already disengaged the rubber) that bounced into his catcher's glove.

Reyburn, upon seeing Porcello's seemingly illegal pitch, stepped out from home plate and appeared poised to call the Boston pitcher for a start-stop balk, before recalling a certain rule that addresses what should be done when both the batter and the pitcher engage in wrongdoing during a pitch sequence.

That rule would be OBR 5.04(b)(2) Comment, which states, "If after the pitcher starts his windup or comes to a “set position” with a runner on, he does not go through with his pitch because the batter has inadvertently caused the pitcher to interrupt his delivery, it shall not be called a balk. Both the pitcher and batter have violated a rule and the umpire shall call time and both the batter and pitcher start over from “scratch.”"

Because Morrison's actions in backing away from the plate inadvertently caused Porcello to interrupt his delivery, the sequence was not ruled a balk and Reyburn simply called the oddity a "no pitch" and resumed play "from scratch" with an 0-2 count, which was the correct call.

As Jerry Remy said while pretending to speak for Reyburn, "You can't be doing that. I gotta call 'Time,' you just can't walk out of the box like that. If I don't call 'Time,' you can't do that."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

MLB Ejections 088|089 - Ben May (2|3; Branson, Hurdle)

HP Umpire Ben May ejected Pirates Hitting Coach Jeff Branson and Manager Clint Hurdle for arguing a strike one call in the top of the 5th inning of the Pirates-Mariners game. With none out and none on, Pirates batter Matt Joyce took a 0-0 curveball from Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px -.139, pz 1.634 [sz_bot 1.660 / MOE 1.577]), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Mariners were leading, 2-0. The Mariners ultimately won the contest, 5-2.

This is Ben May (97)'s second, third ejection of the 2016 MLB regular season.
Ben May now has 9 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Previous + 2*[3 AAA + 2 Correct Call] = 9).
Crew Chief Mark Carlson now has 3 points in Crew Division (1 Previous + 2*[1 Correct Call] = 3).

This is the 88th, 89th ejection report of the 2016 regular season.
This is the 34th Manager ejection of 2016.
This is Pittsburgh's 8/9th ejection of 2016, 1st in the NL Central (PIT 9; CIN 5; CHC 2; MIL, STL 0).
This is Jeff Branson's first career MLB ejection.
This is Clint Hurdle's 3rd ejection of 2016, 1st since May 24 (Larry Vanover; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Ben May's first ejection since May 7, 2016 (AJ Hinch; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Seattle Mariners, 6/28/16 | Video available via "Read more"

MLB Ejection 087 - Hunter Wendelstedt (2; Francoeur)

1B Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ejected Braves LF Jeff Francoeur for arguing a Replay Review (out) decision that affirmed Wendelstedt's out call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Indians-Braves game. With one out and none on, Braves batter Ender Inciarte hit a 0-1 knuckle curve from Indians pitcher Cody Allen on the ground to first baseman Carlos Santana, who threw to Allen as Inciarte arrived at first base, ruled out by Wendelstedt. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Braves Interim Manager Brian Snitker, Wendelstedt's ruling stood based on a lack of clear and convincing evidence to confirm or overturn Wendelstedt's call, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Indians were leading, 5-3. The Indians ultimately won the contest, 5-3.

This is Hunter Wendelstedt (21)'s second ejection of the 2016 MLB regular season.
Hunter Wendelstedt now has 9 points in the UEFL Standings (5 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 9).
Crew Chief Hunter Wendelstedt now has 4 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 4).

This is the 87th ejection report of the 2016 regular season.
This is the 44th player ejection of 2016. Prior to ejection, Francoeur did not participate in the contest.
This is Atlanta's 4th ejection of 2016, T-1st in the NL East (ATL, NYM 4; MIA, WAS 3; PHI 0).
This is Jeff Francoeur's first ejection since June 14, 2012 (Dan Iassogna; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Hunter Wendelstedt's first ejection since May 20, 2016 (Adam Eaton; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Cleveland Indians vs. Atlanta Braves, 6/28/16 | Video available via "Read more"

MLB Ejection 086 - Tim Timmons (1; Edinson Volquez)

HP Umpire Tim Timmons ejected Royals P Edinson Volquez for arguing a time out call (Unsportsmanlike-NEC) in the top of the 3rd inning of the Cardinals-Royals game. With two out and none on, Cardinals batter Matt Adams requested and was granted time out as Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura prepared to deliver a 0-1 pitch. Replays do not indicate the timeliness of Adams' request and Volquez was ejected from the dugout after Adams' subsequently singled, the call was irrecusable.* At the time of the ejection, the Cardinals were leading, 3-2. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 8-4.

This is Tim Timmons (95)'s first ejection of the 2016 MLB regular season.
Tim Timmons now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable = 4).
Crew Chief Mike Everitt now has 5 points in Crew Division (4 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 5).
Related Ejection: MLB Ejection 097 - Todd Tichenor (2; Jonny Gomes), July 14, 2013.
*Rule 5.04(b)(2) Comment states, in part, "Umpires will not call “Time” at the request of the batter or any member of his team once the pitcher has started his windup or has come to a set position even though the batter claims “dust in his eyes,” “steamed glasses,” “didn’t get the sign” or for any other cause."

This is the 86th ejection report of the 2016 regular season.
This is the 43rd player ejection of 2016. Prior to ejection, Volquez did not participate in the contest.
This is Kansas City's 4th ejection of 2016, T-3rd in the AL Central (CWS 6; MIN 5; DET, KC 4; CLE 1).
This is Edinson Volquez's first ejection since April 23, 2015 (Sam Holbrook; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is Tim Timmons' first ejection since September 5, 2015 (Cliff Pennington; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals, 6/28/16 | Video available via "Read more"

Monday, June 27, 2016

Injury - Jerry Layne Drilled by Foul Ball to Jaw in Atlanta

Umpire Jerry Layne was knocked out of Monday's Indians-Braves game on a foul to the jaw in the 8th inning of Cleveland's eventual victory.

With one out in the bottom of the 8th inning, Braves batter Nick Markakis fouled a 92-mph fastball from Indians pitcher Tommy Hunter into the slot and the right side of Jerry Layne's traditional-style facemask.

Layne left the contest and was replaced behind home plate by 2B Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, who served as acting crew chief alongside base umpires Tripp Gibson (1B) and Adam Hamari (3B). Most recently, Triple-A umpire Chris Segal was called up from Gwinnett, Georgia to fill in at Turner Field on Saturday when Mike Everitt became involved in a police pursuit on his way to the stadium; the Gwinnett Braves are presently on a road trip.

Layne's most recent injury was to his right leg on April 19, 2016, resulting in Nic Lentz' Major League debut. He most recently left a game due to a deflected ball injury to the mask on April 15, 2015, when catcher Francisco Cervelli mishandled a ball four pitch.

Mike Everitt Witness to Atlanta Police Pursuit & Shootout

Mike Everitt was involved in the end of a police pursuit and shootout in Atlanta on his way to the ballpark Saturday afternoon, according to the New York Mets' broadcast during Sunday's game.

According to the broadcast, Everitt, while driving to Turner Field, was struck by a purportedly stolen car that hit at least four additional vehicles before coming to a stop in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Atlanta. Broadcasters Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez reported that after the crash, Everitt laid on the floor of his car as the police as gunfire erupted outside.
Cohen: Mike was driving to the ballpark yesterday, about 5:15, and his car got rammed by another car, and the car that rammed him turned out to have a guy that the police were chasing...This guy who rammed his car apparently got into a shootout with police while Mike was ducking on the floorboards of his car to try and keep himself safe. I can only image how traumatic the experience was, eventually they got the guy. Mike never made it to the ballpark last night, he was tied up with the police investigation most of the evening.
Hernandez: And they said it was multiple shots, kind of like a Bonnie & Clyde shootout. Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Cohen: Fortunately Mike is okay, obviously a very trying experience, but back in his post today. Glad to have him.
An additional report from local news outlet WXIA indicates that a total of four suspects were involved in police pursuits of two vehicles, with one leading to an officer-involved shooting when the suspects engaged officers in gunfire late Saturday afternoon.  A preliminary Georgia Bureau of Investigation report states that four officers fired on the stolen vehicle, which initially fled down the exit ramp of I-75 onto University Avenue, before wrecking at the intersection of University and Metropolitan Parkway.

Police transported two suspects to Grady Memorial Hospital and arrested two additional juveniles in connection with the other vehicle pursuit.

Everitt missed Saturday's game, but returned to umpire the plate for Sunday's matinee.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Case Play 2016-4 - Fan on the Field

A fan ran on the field during a live ball in Seattle, though Mariners outfielders seemed mostly undeterred by the intruder's presence.

Gerry Davis is unamused by the outfield antics.
Play: With none out and two on (R1, R2) in the top of the 5th inning of the Cardinals-Mariners game,  Cardinals batter Matt Carpenter hit a fly ball to Mariners left fielder Seth Smith, who made the catch despite a fan running onto the playing field while the ball was still in the air. After Smith's catch, Cardinals baserunner R2 Tommy Pham legally tagged up and advanced to third base. Following the ensuing delay to apprehend and remove the fan, play resumed with one out and runners at the corners.

Case Play Question: Is this the proper result (B1 out, R1 & R3), given what occurred in the outfield? What would the proper result be for each of the following potential scenarios:
>> A) All else equal, (e.g., the fan absentmindedly ran by without addressing Smith), Smith dropped the ball: If Pham then tried to score, and successfully touched home plate, would his run count?;
>> B) All else equal, the fan while running by yelled "I got it," which caused Smith to drop the ball;
>> C) All else equal, the fan ran into Smith, and the ball fell to the ground untouched;
>> D) All else equal, the fan, without touching Smith, deflected the ball before it got to Smith's glove;
>> E) All else equal, the fan caught the ball and kept it.

In other words, which of the aforementioned scenarios merit umpire intervention and penalties/awards to be imposed or assessed, and what are the penalties/awards to be assessed?

Video: Smith catches a fly ball as a fan runs by and Pham takes advantage by tagging up ("Read more")

MLB Ejection 085 - Chris Conroy (1; Andrew McCutchen)

HP Umpire Chris Conroy ejected Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Dodgers-Pirates game. With two out and none on, McCutchen took a 2-2 fastball from Dodgers pitcher Casey Fien for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px .246, pz 1.326 [sz_bot 1.640 / MOE 1.557]), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Pirates were leading, 4-3. The Pirates ultimately won the contest, 4-3.

This is Chris Conroy (98)'s first ejection of the 2016 MLB regular season.
Chris Conroy now has -1 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -1).
Crew Chief Jerry Meals now has -4 points in Crew Division (-4 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = -4).

This is the 85th ejection report of the 2016 regular season.
This is the 42nd player ejection of 2016. Prior to ejection, McCutchen was 0-4 (2 SO) in the contest.
This is Pittsburgh's 7th ejection of 2016, 1st in the NL Central (PIT 7; CIN 5; CHC 2; MIL, STL 0).
This is Andrew McCutchen's first career MLB ejection.
This is Chris Conroy's first ejection since September 22, 2015 (Hector Santiago; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 6/26/16 | Video available via "Read more"