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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Discussion: 2014 World Series

As the 2014 World Series gets underway, we again open the umpire forum to 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 and instant replay reviews, if such plays occur. For future games, notes include home plate umpire probables. Call +/- also included/highlighted.

- 10/21, SF@KC 1: Jerry Meals (1st): pfx (106/109 Balls, 44/50 Strikes = 150/159 = 94.3%). +5 SF.
- 10/22, SF@KC 2: Eric Cooper (1st World Series): pfx (91/93 B, 37/40 S = 128/133 = 96.2%) +5 SF.

- 10/24, KC@SF 3: Jim Reynolds (1st World Series): pfx (89/90 B, 39/45 S = 128/135 = 94.8%) +3 SF.
- 10/25, KC@SF 4: Ted Barrett (3rd World Series): pfx (115/115 B, 39/48 S = 154/163 = 94.5%) +3 KC.
- 10/26, KC@SF 5: Hunter Wendelstedt (1st World Series): pfx (81/81 B, 29/39 S = 110/120 = 91.7%) +4 KC.

- 10/28, SF@KC 6: Jeff Kellogg (Crew Chief): pfx (90/97 B, 40/45 S = 130/142 = 91.5%) +4 SF.
- 10/29, SF@KC 7: Jeff Nelson (3rd World Series): pfx (68/68 B, 39/43 S = 107/111 = 96.4%) NU.
Series Complete: WS Giants defeat Royals (4-3), net advantage Giants, +10 pitches (won series).

Instant Replay Reviews (R-QOC Coloring: Green [Confirmed], Yellow [Stands], Red [Overturned]):
1) 2B Umpire Jeff Kellogg's safe call on pickoff attempt is confirmed by Replay Official Jerry Meals
2) 1B Umpire Eric Cooper's safe call is overturned for a double play by Replay Official Jerry Meals

Other Plays (Green [Correct], Yellow [Irrecusable or Inconclusive] or Red [Incorrect]):
- WS 1: Umpires have a conference to rule Perez's check swing a foul ball, Replay shows U3 call play dead
- WS 2: 2B Umpire Ted Barrett calls a close third out at second base; Bochy doesn't challenge
- WS 2: 2B Umpire Ted Barrett rules in San Francisco's favor at second; Yost does not file
- WS 2: With game out of reach, Umpires separate Giants, Royals after Infante HR, bench clearer
- WS 4: 1B Umpire Hunter Wednelstedt rules Hosmer safe as Vogelsong cannot find first base
- WS 4: 1B Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt calls Crawford out on footrace with Vargas to the bag
- WS 5: 1B Umpire Jeff Kellogg punches out Perez on Belt's slide into first base
- WS 6: 1B Umpire Jeff Nelson rules Escobar safe at first base on missed tag by Belt
- WS 6: 1B Umpire Jeff Nelson calls Cain out at first as Belt keeps his foot on the base
- WS 7: 3B Umpire Ted Barrett sees Gordon safely into third on slide around Sandoval's foot
- WS 7: 2B Umpire Jim Reynolds bangs out Escobar on high chopper fielded by Crawford

Friday, October 17, 2014

Roster: 2014 World Series Umpires

The umpire assignments for MLB's World Series are now available. MLB has not yet issued its official press release; however the Associated Press has confirmed our rumor posting.

The World Series Umpiring Crew is listed in its Game 1 configuration. Overall, the World Series crew features four regular season crew chiefs and four first-timers, the most since the 1996 World Series. Five of the seven umpires chosen for this crew scored better than the league average in Replay Review Affirmation Rate (RAP); the second-best performing umpire in Replay eligible for the World Series received the assignment.

World Series (WS) - San Francisco Giants (NL) vs. Kansas City Royals (AL) - Game 1 Config.
HP: Jerry Meals* (2 Previous + 4 World Series = 6) [T-34th/8th: .556, 10/18] (Games 1-2, then Replay).
1B: Eric Cooper (6 Previous + 4 World Series = 10) [T-11th/4th: .700, 7/10].
2B: Jim Reynolds (9 Previous + 4 World Series = 13) [T-15th/T-5th: .667, 14/21].
3B: Ted Barrett* (14 Previous + 4 World Series = 18) [57th/13th: .455, 10/22].
LF: Hunter Wendelstedt (19 Previous + 4 World Series = 23) [4th/2nd: .846, 11/13].
RF: Jeff Kellogg* -cc (15 Previous + 4 World Series + 1 Crew Chief Assignment Bonus = 20) [T-43rd/10th, .500].
Replay: Jeff Nelson* (22 Previous + 4 World Series = 26) [T-38th/9th: .533, 8/15] (Games 1-2, then LF).
Replay Assistant: Brian O'Nora.

Crew Chosen by You via UEFL Poll: Dale Scott -cc, Ted Barrett, Jim Wolf, Hunter WendelstedtJeff Nelson, Jeff Kellogg, Chris Guccione. 4/7 Correct Predictions. (Chris Guccione was the #1 Replay Umpire in 2014).

-cc denotes Crew Chief, *asterisk denotes regular season Crew Chief, BOLD TEXT denotes first WS assignment. Instant Replay Review scores listed in [League Rank/League Rank of Umpires Eligible for World Series who Worked Division Series: RAP, Affirmed/Total Chances] following points. Per UEFL Rule 4-3-c, all umpires selected to appear in the World Series shall receive four bonus points for this appearance; crew chief shall receive one additional bonus point for this role (five points total). Note that the WS Replay Assistant does not receive additional points for this role.

UEFL Year End Award Nominations: 2014 Season

Award Nominations: As the 2014 season draws to a close, the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League prepares to distribute its Postseason Awards to eligible umpires* who, during the past season, have demonstrated significant performances to fit the terms of one of these awards (UEFL Rule 4-4).

a. Umpire of the Year (min. 1 / max. 1 umpire)
b. Noteworthy Umpire of the Year (min. 1 / max. 2 umpires)
c. Honorable Umpire of the Year (min. 0 / max. 2 umpires)
d. Fill-In Umpire of the Year (min. 0 / max. 1 umpire)
e. Most Improved Umpire of the Year (min. 0 / max. 1 umpire)
f. Crew Chief of the Year (min. 0 / max. 1 umpire)
g. Best Ejection of the Year (min. 0 / max. 2 ejections) [Link: 2014 MLB Ejections (UEFL Portal)]
h. Worst Umpire of the Year (min. 0 / max. 1 umpire)

Please take your time in consideration of an umpire for as many or as few awards as you prefer; Ballots will be accepted until 11:59 PM PT on Sunday, November 2; Awards distribution will begin Monday, November 3. To cast your ballot, click the below link ("Read more »") to view the entire post and to access the voting form.
Points scale for post season awards: a. (+5); b. (+3); c. (+2); d. (+2); e. (+1); f. (+1); g. (+1); h. (-3).
*Eligible umpires are listed on the ballot for each applicable category. For instance, only umpires on the full-time staff roster are eligible for Awards a-c, e and h.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Discussion: 2014 AL, NL Championship Series

As the 2014 AL and NL Championship Series get underway, we again open the umpire forum to 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 and instant replay reviews, if such plays occur. For future games, notes include home plate umpire probables. Call +/- also included/highlighted.

- 10/10, KC@BAL 1: HP Umpire Tim Timmons: pfx (132/136 Balls, 41/47 Strikes = 173/183 = 94.5%) +0 NU.

- 10/11, KC@BAL 2: HP Umpire Marvin Hudson: pfx (106/108 B, 44/51 S = 150/159 = 94.3%) +1 BAL.
- 10/11, SF@STL 1: HP Umpire Phil Cuzzi: pfx (100/102 B, 40/44 S = 140/146 = 95.9%) +2 STL.

- 10/12, SF@STL 2: HP Umpire Bill Welke: pfx (117/118 B, 35/42 S = 152/160 = 95.0%) +0 Neutral.

- 10/14, STL@SF 3: HP Umpire Gerry Davis: pfx (75/75 B, 34/46 S = 109/121 = 90.1%) +2 SF.
- 10/14, BAL@KC 3: HP Umpire Joe West: pfx (76/80 B, 37/43 S = 113/123 = 91.9%) +2 BAL.

- 10/15, BAL@KC 4: HP Umpire Ron Kulpa: pfx (94/94 B, 35/40 S = 129/134 = 96.3%) +3 KC.
- 10/15, STL@SF 4: HP Umpire Mark Carlson: pfx (116/117 B, 44/51 S = 160/168 = 95.2%) +2 SF.
Series Complete: ALCS Royals defeat Orioles (4-0), net advantage Neutral, +0 pitches (-).

- 10/16, STL@SF 5: HP Umpire Greg Gibson: pfx (82/82 B, 31/33 S = 113/115 = 98.3%) +0 NU.
Series Complete: NLCS Giants defeat Cardinals (4-1), net advantage Giants, +2 pitches (won series).

Instant Replay Reviews (R-QOC Coloring: Green [Confirmed], Yellow [Stands], Red [Overturned]):
1) 1B Umpire Bill Welke's out call at first base is confirmed by Replay Official Paul Emmel
2) 2B Umpire Bill Miller's safe call on Pence's steal attempt is confirmed by Replay Official Phil Cuzzi

Other Plays (Green [Correct], Yellow [Irrecusable or Inconclusive] or Red [Incorrect]):
- KC@BAL 1: 2B Umpire Joe West calls Cain safe on hustle double in the 5th inning
- KC@BAL 1: 2B Umpire Joe West stays with the play to rule Dyson out for breaking contact with the bag
- KC@BAL 1: HP Umpire Tim Timmons rules Hundley kept his foot on the plate for a 9th inning out
- KC@BAL 2: 2B Umpire Ron Kulpa confirms Jones' diving catch for an early out; Yost ops not to challenge
- KC@BAL 2: 1B Umpire Joe West's safe call gives Cain an infield single, Showalter doesn't challenge
- KC@BAL 2: 2B Umpire Ron Kulpa completes the caught stealing with out call at second base
- KC@BAL 2: 1B Umpire Joe West rules Herrera missed the tag of first base in the 7th
- SF@STL 1: RF Umpire Bill Miller finds Grichuk did not have control & voluntary release of fly ball
- SF@STL 1: Umpires Cuzzi, B Welke, Davis and Carlson no-balk MadBum's peculiar move off the mound
- SF@STL 2: 1B Umpire Gerry Davis calls Pence out at first as Bochy decides not to challenge
- BAL@KC 4: 1B Umpire Mark Wegner calls Cain out on close play at first base
- STL@SF 4: 2B Umpire Bill Miller rules Carpenter safe on ground ball double to right field
- STL@SF 4: HP Umpire Mark Carlson rules Ishikawa guilty of unintentional backswing interference
- STL@SF 5: 2B Umpire Paul Emmel nails Sandoval for a double play at second base

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rosters: Winter League Umpires (Incl Arizona Fall League)

The following umpires have appeared in the 2014 MLB Winter Leagues, including the Arizona Fall League:

Arizona Fall League
Blakney, Ryan* (AAA: Pacific Coast League)
Davis, Blake* (AAA: Pacific Coast League)
Fazio, Ian* (AAA: International League)
Goodman, Ryan* (AAA: Pacific Coast League)
Honec, Tom* (AAA: International League)
Lampe, Shaun* (AAA: Pacific Coast League)
Lentz, Nick* (AAA: International League)
Mollica, Derek* (AAA: International League)
Soucy, David* (AAA: International League)
Stanzak, Greg* (AAA: Pacific Coast League)
Torres, Carlos* (AAA: International League)
Vines, Doug* (AAA: International League)

Venezuelan Winter League (Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional)
Alfonzo, Gabrial
Arrieta, David* (A-Advanced: Florida State League), resides in Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela
Biarreta, Jhonatan
Eggert, Travis* (AA: Texas League & AAA: PCL [Promoted upon Wolcott's promotion to MLB])
Gonzalez, Chris* (AAA: Pacific Coast League)
January, Javerro "J.J."* (AA: Southern League)
Jimenez, Emil
Leal, Carlos
Mahrley, Nick* (AAA: Pacific Coast League)
Martinez, Jairo
Moreno, Robert (AA: Eastern League)
Moscoso, Edwin* (Rookie: Gulf Coast League), resides in Venezuela
Navas, Jose
Parra, Jonathan* (Rookie: Gulf Coast League), resides in Venezuela
Pimentel, Osmel
Whitson, Chad* (AAA: International League)
White, Nate* (AA: Texas League)

Mexican-Pacific Winter League (Liga Mexicana del Pacifico)
Araiza, Manuel
Dominguez, Ulises
Favela, Eliseo
Fernandez, Jair (World Baseball Classic, 2013)
Gutierrez, Jaime
Hernandez, Demian
La Madrid, Roberto
Lopez, Jesus
Lopez, Orlando
Madero, Vicente
Marin, Oscar
Nava, Marco
Romero, Felipe
Rubio, Daniel
Soto, Pablo
Vargas, Jose

Australia Baseball League (Thank you to AussieUmp)
Barnes, Barry
Barrington, Riley
Bell, Andrew
Bonomi, Lou
Bowie, Peter
Box, Phillip
Crawford, Bob
Cumming, Michael
Dunn, Geoff
Halligan, Blake
Harder, Ryan
Howard, Greg
Howe, Stuart
Kent, Greg
Latta, Paul
Lyons, Michael
Mackay, Mal (2014 MLB Opening Series)
Mason, Richard
Matsuda, Takahito* (A: South Atlantic League)
Pearson, Matthew
Poulton, Neil (World Baseball Classic, 2006)
Robson, Brett (2014 MLB Opening Series)
Shields, James
Taylor, Jordan
Thomas, Trent (2014 MLB Opening Series)
West, Tom* (A-Short Season: Northwest League)
Wilson, Mark

Dominican Winter League (Liga de Beisbol Dominicano)
Castillo, Santo
Ferrer, Ramon
Gibson, Tripp* (AAA: Pacific Coast League)
Teague, Ron (AA: Texas League)
Tejada, Felix
Woodring, Tom* (AAA: Pacific Coast League)
Vizcaino, Mariano

Puerto Rico League (Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente)
Roster Not Yet Announced

*Indicates an active Minor League Baseball Umpire (2014 season league in parentheses). MiLB officials are invited to work winter leagues for further evaluation and observation by PBUC (AA and below) and MLB (AAA) umpiring department staff for promotion and utilization consideration. For instance, many active full-time MLB umpires previously worked the Arizona Fall League enroute to their call-up and eventual permanent MLBU status.

Note that in the case of the Caribbean and Latin American leagues (and the Australian Baseball League), local umpires comprise a portion of the staff.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Roster: 2014 AL, NL League Championship Series Umpires

The umpire assignments for MLB's League Championship Series are now available. MLB has not yet issued its official press release as the Division Series is not complete as of the time of this posting. This post, however, serves as an illustration of what to expect with the new seven-man umpiring crew & Game 3 replay rotation as reported on September 29 (as such, this serves as confirmation of the 9/29 story).

For instance, Dan Iassogna will begin the National League Championship Series at New York's MLBAM Replay Operations Center, where he will be assisted by Todd Tichenor. After the series shifts from its host city following the conclusion of Game 2, Iassogna will join chief Gerry Davis' crew, assuming Phil Cuzzi's position in the rotation while Cuzzi joins Tichenor in NY for the remainder of the series.

Crews below are listed in their Game 1 configuration. As MLB did during the Wild Card Games (and for two of the four Division Series), the Crew Chief begins each series at second base.

American League Championship Series (ALCS) - Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles
HP: Tim Timmons (10 Previous + 3 League Championship Series = 13). [Games 1 & 2, then Replay]
1B: Marvin Hudson (-3 Previous + 3 League Championship Series = 0).
2B: Joe West -cc (12 Previous + 3 League Championship Series + 1 Crew Chief Bonus = 16).
3B: Ron Kulpa (6 Previous + 3 League Championship Series = 9).
LF: Mark Wegner (4 Previous + 3 League Championship Series = 7).
RF: Brian Gorman (4 Previous + 3 League Championship Series = 7).
Replay: Dan Iassogna (8 Previous + 3 League Championship Series). [Games 1 & 2, then LF]
Replay Assistant (Not Assigned to the Field of Play): Todd Tichenor.

National League Championship Series (NLCS) - San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals
HP: Phil Cuzzi (-3 Previous + 3 League Championship Series = 0). [Games 1 & 2, then Replay]
1B: Bill Welke (2 Previous + 3 League Championship Series = 5).
2B: Gerry Davis -cc (3 Previous + 3 League Championship Series + 1 Crew Chief Bonus = 7).
3B: Mark Carlson (13 Previous + 3 League Championship Series = 16).
LF: Greg Gibson (16 Previous + 3 League Championship Series = 19).
RF: Bill Miller (13 Previous + 3 League Championship Series = 16).
Replay: Paul Emmel (11 Previous + 3 League Championship Series = 14). [Games 1 & 2, then LF]
Replay Assistant (Not Assigned to the Field of Play): Todd Tichenor.

-cc denotes Crew Chief, BOLD TEXT denotes first LCS assignment. Per UEFL Rule 4-3-c, all umpires selected to appear in the Championship Series shall receive three bonus points for this appearance; crew chiefs shall receive one additional bonus point for this role (four points total). Note that the LCS Replay Assistant does not receive additional points for this role.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Case Play 2014-5: Legality of a Fielder Blocking a Runner

2B Umpire Fieldin Culbreth's ALDS Game 3 obstruction no-call in Detroit is the subject of the rare postseason Case Play. With one out and R2, Tigers batter Torii Hunter hit a ground ball to Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who threw to second baseman Jonathan Schoop in an attempt to catch Tigers baserunner R2 Don Kelly off second base.

Video: Cubby calls the strange sequence at 2nd
Replays indicate that as F6 Hardy threw to F4 Schoop, Schoop positioned himself in front of R2 Kelly. After the throw, Schoop dropped the baseball and, as he recovered the ball within his immediate reach, Schoop remained directly between R2 Kelly and second base, effectively preventing Kelly from touching second base. When Schoop tagged Kelly with the baseball while Kelly was off of his base, U2 Culbreth ruled Kelly out on the tag, prompting Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus to argue the call with Culbreth as resident lawyer and 3B Umpire Dan Bellino joined in the conversation before Culbreth affirmed his out call.

Question: Is this the proper call and application of rules? Was this a good non-call or should this have been deemed obstruction? If the call was improper, was it incorrect because of a matter of umpire judgment or an issue of misapplication or misinterpretation of rules?

This is a postseason Case Play, which takes a different form than an in-season CP. The postseason CP is more of a discussion in that the correct response will be provided. Participants may receive one UEFL point for this conversation. (Warning: Answer is Posted Below.)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

MLB Ejections P-1|2: Vic Carapazza (P1|2; Cabrera, Williams)

HP Umpire Vic Carapazza ejected Nationals 2B Asdrubal Cabrera and Manager Matt Williams for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 10th inning of the Giants-Nationals game. With none out and none on, Cabrera took three consecutive fastballs on three ball counts from Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt for called first, second and third strikes. Replays indicate the 3-0 pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and belt-high (px .643, pz 2.526), the 3-1 pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and midpoint-high (px .549, pz 3.464 / sz_top 3.38 [MOE 3.46]), and the 3-2 pitch was located over the heart of home plate and midpoint-high (px -.014, pz 3.315 / sz_top 3.34 [MOE 3.42]), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 1-1. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 2-1, in 18 innings.

These are Vic Carapazza (19)'s first and second ejections of the 2014 MLB Postseason.
Vic Carapazza now has 33 points in the UEFL Standings (23 Prev + 2*[3 MLB Post + 2 Correct] = 33).
Crew Chief Mike Winters now has 7 points in Crew Division (5 Previous + 2 Correct Call = 7).

These are the 1st and 2nd ejections of the 2014 MLB Postseason.
This is the 1st player, 1st Manager ejection of the postseason. Prior to ejection, Cabrera was 1-4 in the contest.
This is the Nationals' 1st/2nd ejections of the post season, 1st in the NL (WAS 2; LAD, PIT, SF, STL 0).
This is Asdrubal Cabrera's first ejection since Aug 11, 2013 (Vic Carapazza; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Matt Williams' first ejection since June 23, 2014 (Mark Wegner; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Vic Carapazza's first ejection since August 23, 2014 (David Ross; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is the first postseason ejection since October 14, 2012 (Jeff Nelson; QOC = U [Safe/Out; DiMuro]).

Wrap: San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals (National League Division Series), 10/4/14
Video: Carapazza tosses Cabrera for bat & helmet spike, flagrant display; Williams dumped, too (FS1)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Discussions: 2014 AL, NL Wild Card Games, Division Series

As the 2014 AL and NL Wild Card Games and Division Series get underway, we again open the umpire forum to 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 and instant replay reviews, if such plays occur. For future games, notes include home plate umpire probables. Call +/- also included/highlighted.

- 09/30, OAK@KC: HP Umpire Bill Miller: pfx (124/129 Balls, 61/72 Strikes = 185/201 = 92.0%) +0 NU.
Game Complete: ALWC Royals defeat Athletics (1-0), net advantage Neutral, +0 pitches (-).

- 10/01, SF@PIT: HP Umpire Brian Gorman: pfx (86/87 Balls, 39/54 Strikes = 125/141 = <90.0%) +10 PIT.
Game Complete: NLWC Giants defeat Pirates (1-0), net advantage Pirates, +10 pitches (lost game).

- 10/02, DET@BAL 1: HP Umpire Paul Schrieber: pfx (96/101 B, 45/47 S = 141/148 = 95.3%) +5 BAL.
- 10/02, KC@LAA 1: HP Umpire Paul Nauert: pfx (119/120 B, 42/48 S = 161/168 = 95.8%) +1 LAA.

- 10/03, SF@WAS 1: Laz Diaz: pfx (113/115 B, 35/40 S = 148/155 = 95.5%) +3 SF.
- 10/03, DET@BAL 2: Scott Barry: pfx (99/101 B, 33/40 S = 132/141 = 93.6%) +4 DET.
- 10/03, STL@LAD 1: Jerry Meals: pfx (103/107 B, 39/47 S = 142/154 = 92.2%) +4 STL.
- 10/03, KC@LAA 2: Chris Guccione: pfx (110/114 B, 39/45 S = 149/159 = 93.7%) +4 LAA.

- 10/04, SF@WAS 2: Vic Carapazza: pfx (171/172 B, 64/81 S = 235/253 = 92.9%) +4 SF.
- 10/04, STL@LAD 2: Rob Drake: pfx (92/94 B, 26/34 S = 118/128 = 92.2%) +4 STL.

- 10/05, BAL@DET 3: Jeff Kellogg: pfx (90/92 B, 34/40 S = 124/132 = 93.9%) +2 BAL.
- 10/05, LAA@KC 3: Jeff Nelson: pfx (105/108 B, 45/51 S = 150/159 = 94.3%) +1 LAA.
Series Complete: ALDS Orioles defeat Tigers (3-0), net advantage Orioles, +3 pitches (won series).
Series Complete: ALDS Royals defeat Angels (3-0), net advantage Angels, +6 pitches (lost series).

- 10/06, WAS@SF 3: Tom Hallion: pfx (67/78 B, 37/44 S = 104/122 = <90.0%) +5 SF.
- 10/06, LAD@STL 3: Dale Scott: pfx (86/88 B, 30/41 S = 116/129 = 90.0%) +5 STL.

- 10/07, WAS@SF 4: Hunter Wendelstedt: pfx (90/92 B, 36/43 S = 126/135 = 93.3%) +1 SF.
- 10/07, LAD@STL 4: Eric Cooper: pfx (86/89 B, 42/47 S = 128/136 = 94.1%) +2 STL.
Series Complete: NLDS Giants defeat Nationals (3-1), net advantage Giants, +13 pitches (won series).
Series Complete: NLDS Cardinals defeat Dodgers (3-1), net advantage Cards, +15 pitches (won series).


Instant Replay Reviews (R-QOC Coloring: Green [Confirmed]Yellow [Stands]Red [Overturned]):
1) DET@BAL, ALDS 2: RF Umpire Paul Schrieber's HR call is confirmed after Orioles' request to -cc
2) SF@WAS, NLDS 1: 2B Umpire Tom Hallion's out call is overturned on Giants' challenge
3) SF@WAS, NLDS 2: HP Umpire Vic Carapazza's out call on Posey is upheld on Giants' challenge
4) STL@LAD, NLDS 2: 2B Umpire Eric Cooper's tag call is overturned after Dodgers challenge
5) BAL@DET, ALDS 3: 1B Umpire Jim Wolf's out call stands after Tigers' challenge in the 2nd
6) LAD@STL, NLDS 4: 3B Umpire Jerry Meals' safe call on pickoff is overturned on Cards' challenge
7) WAS@SF, NLDS 4: HP Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt's Rule 7.13 no-call at home plate is confirmed

Other Plays (Green [Correct], Yellow [Irrecusable or Inconclusive] or Red [Incorrect]):
- OAK@KC, ALWC 1: 1B Umpire Gerry Davis rules Hosmer's grounder foul in front of the bag
- OAK@KC, ALWC 1: 2B Umpire Dan Iassogna, U3 Welke call 7 Royals safe on steal attempts
- DET@BAL, ALDS 1: 2B Umpire Jeff Kellogg declares the forceout to end Detroit's 5th inn threat
- KC@LAA, ALDS 1: HP Umpire Paul Nauert K's Aybar on the half swing, Scioscia furious for check
- DET@BAL, ALDS 2: HP Umpire Scott Barry calls Hardy safe at the plate for Orioles' 7th run
- DET@BAL, ALDS 2: 1B Umpire Jeff Kellogg calls Cabrera out on dazzling DP in Baltimore
- STL@LAD, NLDS 1: HP Umpire Jerry Meals issues warnings after bench clearer at Dodger Stadium
- KC@LAA, ALDS 2: HP Umpire Chris Guccione's foul tip K is affirmed after crew discussion
- KC@LAA, ALDS 2: HP Umpire Chris Guccione calls Freese's chopper foul as U3 Ted B mirrors
- KC@LAA, ALDS 2: 3B Umpire Ted Barrett bangs the back end of the Royals' 8th inning double play
- KC@LAA, ALDS 2: 1B Umpire Jeff Nelson declares Cain safe on key extra inning infield single
- BAL@DET, ALDS 3: 1B Umpire Jim Wolf's pickoff call rules the day as O's opt not to challenge
- BAL@DET, ALDS 3: 2B Umpire Fieldin Culbreth calls Kelly out on grounder to short (CP)
- LAD@STL, NLDS 4: 1B Umpire Jerry Layne bangs Kemp out to complete double play
- LAD@STL, NLDS 4: 1B Umpire Jerry Layne's safe call is not challenged by Mattingly
- LAD@STL, NLDS 4: HP Umpire Eric Cooper keeps dead ball alive with no help from the corners

MLB to Test Pace of Game Proposals at Arizona Fall League

MLB's Pace of Game Committee tapped the 2014 Arizona Fall League as its playground for experimental pace of game initiatives, allowing the AFL to serve a similar role as real-world laboratory that it did for expanded instant replay review in 2013. According to the Pace of Game Committee's plan, the following initiatives will be rolled out come November in the AFL:

>> Batter's Box Rule [OBR 6.02(d)]: MLB is effectively looking to adopt the National Association Leagues (Minor League Baseball)'s Rule 6.02(d) for Major League play, requiring the batter to keep at least one foot in the batter's box throughout his entire time at bat, unless (i) the batter swings at the pitch, (ii) the batter is forced out of the batter's box by a pitch, (iii) a member of either team requests and is granted "Time," (iv) a defensive player attempts a play on a runner at any base, (v) the batter feints a bunt, (vi) a wild pitch or passed ball occurs, (vii) the pitcher leaves the dirt area of the pitching mound after receiving the ball, or (viii) the catcher leaves the catcher's box to give defensive signals. The penalty for unauthorized exit from the batter's box is a dead ball strike.

>> No-Pitch Intentional Walk: Hoping to eliminate time wasted, and assuming that MLB pitchers are accurate, managers will signal to the umpire with four fingers when he wishes to intentionally walk a batter. Instead of throwing four balls, the batter will simply be awarded first base without seeing any pitches. This proposal effectively eliminates the catcher's balk.

>> 20-Second Rule: Not-withstanding Doug Eddings' controversially correct 2007 enforcement of the 12-second pitcher's Rule 8.04, all games at Salt River Fields will feature synchronized 20-second clocks in the outfield, both dugouts and behind home plate operated by a third party whose purpose shall be to start the clock when the pitcher receives the ball, regardless of whether the batter is in the box or otherwise ready to play (albeit, the clock starts when the batter is alert to the pitcher for the first pitch of the AB only). After a foul, the clock begins when the umpire puts the ball in play. Penalties: If the pitcher fails to begin his pitching position within 20 seconds, the umpire shall call a ball. If the batter steps out or fails to appear in the box at any time during the 20-second countdown, the pitcher may pitch the ball for a called strike.

>> 2:05 Inning Break & 2:30 Pitching Change Break Clocks: The only difference from previous timing rules is that if the batter fails to enter the box by the 1:45 mark, the umpire may call an automatic strike. Likewise, if the batter is ready and the pitcher fails to throw a pitch by the 2:05 mark, the umpire shall call a ball (2:05 is 20 seconds after 1:45, see the 20-second rule). Insofar as the 2:30 pitching change rule is concerned, the time from the new pitcher crossing the warning track or foul line from the bullpen until the first pitch is thrown, no more than 2:30 may elapse (penalty: ball).

>> Three "Time Out" Limit: Baseball wants to institute conference provisions similar to lower level regulations. Each time will be allowed only three "time out" conferences per game, inclusive of any extra innings which might be played. This includes the catcher going out to conference with the pitcher, manager or coach mound visits and offensive/base coach conferences with a batter. Pitching change, injury and other emergency time out conferences will not count toward this three "time out" limit. The penalty for a fourth conference is a warning not to engage in the fourth conference, but the game is to continue uninterrupted ("offenders may be subject to discipline").

-- Instant Replay Review: Though not technically part of the Pace of Game Committee's plan, MLB will experiment with offseason replay review tweaks during the 17 home games at Salt River Fields (including connectivity to New York's MLBAM Replay Operations Center). Replay's scope, initiation, time limits and similar procedures will be under the gun.