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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MLB Ejection 191: Mike Winters (5; Bruce Bochy)

3B Umpire Mike Winters ejected Giants Manager Bruce Bochy for arguing a strike three [check swing] call in the top of the 8th inning of the Giants-Dodgers game. With none out and none on, Giants batter Brandon Belt attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 curveball from Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, ruled a ball by HP Umpire Mike Muchlinski and a swing on appeal by Winters. This play is under review by the UEFL Appeals Board (Check Swing). At the time of the ejection, the Dodgers were leading, 2-1. The Dodgers ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is Mike Winters (33)'s fifth ejection of 2015.
Mike Winters now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB + ? Call = ?).
Crew Chief Mike Winters now has ? points in Crew Division (6 Previous + ? Call = ?).

This is the 191st of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 90th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Giants' 8th ejection of 2015, T-2nd in the NL West (SD 15; LAD, SF 8; COL 5; ARI 4).
This is Bruce Bochy's 5th ejection of 2015, 1st since September 1 (Mike Winters; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Mike Winters' first ejection since yesterday, Sept 1 (Bruce Bochy; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 9/2/15
Video: Bochy and Winters have a disagreement for the second day in a row, both on strikeouts (SF)

MLB Ejection 190: Gary Cederstrom (1; Miguel Cabrera)

3B Umpire Gary Cederstrom ejected Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera for arguing a strike three call by HP Umpire Quinn Wolcott in the top of the 4th inning of the Tigers-Royals game. With none out and none on, Cabrera took a 3-2 fastball from Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and below the midpoint (px -.57, pz 3.41 [sz_top 3.48]) (the first pitch of the at-bat referred to was properly officiated as a strike as well), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Royals were leading, 4-0. The Royals ultimately won the contest, 12-1.

This is Gary Cederstrom (38)'s first ejection of 2015.
Gary Cederstrom now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (5 Previous + 2 MLB + 1 Correct-Cremate = 8).
Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom now has 16 points in Crew Division (15 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 16).

This is the 190th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 85th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Cabrera was 1-2 (SO) in the contest.
This is the Tigers' 8th ejection of 2015, 2nd in the AL Central (KC 12; DET 8; CEL, CWS 6; MIN 4).
This is Miguel Cabrera's first ejection since May 21, 2014 (Tim Timmons; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Gary Cederstrom's first ejection since May 22, 2012 (Carlos Ruiz; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals, 9/2/15
Video: Miggy continues his histrionics after striking out, drawing the crew chief's attention & ejection (DET)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

MLB Ejection 188-189: Mike Winters (3-4; Peavy, Bochy)

HP Umpire Mike Winters ejected Giants Bench Player Jake Peavy and Manager Bruce Bochy for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 7th inning of the Giants-Dodgers game. With one out and two on, Giants batter Alejandro De Aza took a 2-2 changeup from Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and waist high (px -1.103, pz 2.683), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejections, the Dodgers were leading, 1-0. The Dodgers ultimately won the contest, 1-0.

These are Mike Winters (33)'s third and fourth ejections of 2015.
Mike Winters now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (6 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 3).
Crew Chief Mike Winters now has 5 points in Crew Division (6 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = -3).

These are the 188th and 189th ejections of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 84th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Peavy did not appear in the game.
This is the 89th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Giants' 6/7th ejection of 2015, 3rd in the NL West (SD 15; LAD 8; SF 7; COL 5; ARI 4).
This is Jake Peavy's first ejection since August 24, 2014 (Paul Emmel; QOC = Y [Balk]) [also DNP].
This is Bruce Bochy's 4th ejection of 2015, 1st since July 5 (Phil Cuzzi; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Mike Winters' first ejection since May 29, 2015 (AJ Ellis; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 9/1/15
Video: Peavy throws a tantrum on his day off, Boch gets the hook, Kruk and Kuip take sides (SF)
Related Video: Failed challenge frustrates Bochy a batter before the backwards K3 (SF)

MLB Ejection 187: Tim Timmons (2; Chip Hale)

HP Umpire Tim Timmons ejected Diamondbacks Manager Chip Hale for either arguing a pending Replay Review decision which ultimately overturned 3B Umpire Chris Segal's foul ball (non-HR) call or continuing an argument from a previous inning (DiMuro Rule) in the top of the 2nd inning of the Diamondbacks-Rockies game. With none out and none on, Diamondbacks batter Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a 0-1 slider from Rockies pitcher Yohan Flande on a fly ball to deep left field and into the stands, ruled a foul ball by Segal. During the ensuing Replay Review initiated by the Crew Chief, Timmons ejected Hale and the call was overturned to a home run, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 0-0. The Diamondbacks ultimately won the contest, 6-4.

This is Tim Timmons (95)'s second ejection of 2015.
Tim Timmons now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 3).
Crew Chief Mike Everitt now has 5 points in Crew Division (-4 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = -3).

This is the 187th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 88th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Diamondbacks' 4th ejection of 2015, 5th in the NL West (SD 15; LAD 8; COL, SF 5; ARI 4).
This is Chip Hale's 2nd ejection of 2015, 1st since June 6 (Mark Ripperger; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Tim Timmons' first ejection since June 23, 2015 (John Farrell; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies (Doubleheader Game 1), 9/1/15
Video: While NY reviews Salty's fly to deep left, Hale tears into Timmons and gets thrown out (ARI)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

2015 No-Hitter 6, Pat Hoberg (1; Jake Arrieta)

HP Umpire Pat Hoberg called Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta's no-hitter against the Dodgers, the sixth of 2015. Hoberg was joined for Sunday's Cubs-Dodgers game by 1B Umpire and Crew Chief Jim Joyce, 2B Umpire Greg Gibson, and 3B Umpire Chad Fairchild. This is Hoberg's first career MLB no-hitter; crewmate Greg Gibson called the most recent no-hitter amongst the crew, Clayton Kershaw's no-no against the Rockies on June 18, 2014.

Sunday's is the first MLB no-hitter since August 21, 2015, also of Los Angeles (John Tumpane; Mike Fiers).

Hoberg received 54 callable pitches from Fiers, a total of 36 balls and 18 called strikes. The look:

Balls: 36 called balls outside of strike zone / 0 called balls within strike zone = 36/36 = 100.0% Accuracy.
Strikes: 15 called strikes inside strike zone / 3 called strikes outside strike zone = 15/18 = <90.0% Accuracy.
Total Raw Accuracy Score = 51/54 = 94.4% Accuracy (+3 for Arrieta).

Pitch f/x plot courtesy Brooks Baseball.
Note: This plot is a graphical approximation of the strike zone and is not the basis for analysis.

MLB Ejection 186: Jeff Nelson (2; Jorge De La Rosa)

HP Umpire Jeff Nelson ejected Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa for arguing ball calls in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Rockies-Pirates game. With none out and one on, Pirates batter Francisco Cervelli took a four pitches from De La Rosa for balls, resulting in a walk. Replays indicate all four pitches were properly officiated (the closest px value to the strike zone was 0.935), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Rockies were leading, 5-0. The Rockies ultimately won the contest, 5-0.

This is Jeff Nelson (45)'s second ejection of 2015.
Jeff Nelson now has 9 points in the UEFL Standings (5 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 9).
Crew Chief Jeff Nelson now has 5 points in Crew Division (4 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 5).

This is the 186th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 83rd player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, De La Rosa's line was 6.0 IP, 0 ER, BB, W.
This is the Rockies' 5th ejection of 2015, T-3rd in the NL West (SD 15; LAD 8; COL, SF 5; ARI 3).
This is Jorge De La Rosa's first career MLB ejection.
This is Jeff Nelson's first ejection since July 25, 2015 (Paul Molitor; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 8/30/15
Video: De La Rosa argues during his pitching change, resulting in official removal from the game (COL)

MLB Ejection 185: Joe West (8; Kevin Long)

HP Umpire Joe West ejected Mets Hitting Coach Kevin Long for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Red Sox-Mets game. With none out and none on, Mets batter Curtis Granderson took a 0-2 fastball from Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and thigh high (px -1.140, pz 1.909), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Mets were leading, 1-0. The Mets ultimately won the contest, 5-4.

This is Joe West (22)'s eighth ejection of 2015.
Joe West now has 7 points in the UEFL Standings (5 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = 3).
Crew Chief John Hirschbeck now has 17 points in Crew Division (17 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 17).

This is the 185th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Mets' 5th ejection of 2015, T-2nd in the NL East (WAS 7; NYM, PHI 5; ATL 4; MIA 3).
This is Kevin Long's first ejection since July 2, 2014 (Alfonso Marquez; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Joe West's first ejection since August 15, 2015 (Robin Ventura; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Mets, 8/30/15
Video: Grandson strikes out and returns to the dugout before Long barks his disagreement and is tossed (NYM)

Friday, August 28, 2015

MLB Ejection 184: Brian O'Nora (1; Kevin Cash)

1B Umpire Brian O'Nora ejected Rays Manager Kevin Cash for arguing an out call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Royals-Rays game. With two out and three on, Rays batter Logan Forsythe hit a 0-0 changeup from Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez on the ground to shortstop Alcides Escobar, who threw to first baseman Eric Hosmer as Forsythe arrived at first base; the play was not challenged because the Rays unsuccessfully attempted to challenge an out call in the 1st inning. Replays indicate Forsythe's foot made contact with first base prior to Hosmer catching the ball, the call was incorrect. At the time of the Royals were leading, 3-2. The Royals ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Brian O'Nora (7)'s first ejection of 2015.
Brian O'Nora now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 6).
Crew Chief Jeff Kellogg now has 4 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 4).

This is the 184th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 87th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Rays' 5th ejection of 2015, T-4th in the AL East (TOR 10; BOS 9; NYY, TB 5; BAL 4).
This is Kevin Cash's 3rd ejection of 2015, 1st since May 10 (Mike Estabrook; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Brian O'Nora's first ejection since June 23, 2014 (Bud Black; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).

Wrap: Kansas City Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 8/28/15
Video: After burning his challenge, Cash can't review in the 3rd and gets run the old fashioned way (TB)

MLB Ejection 183: John Hirschbeck (5; Pablo Sandoval)

HP Umpire John Hirschbeck ejected Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval for arguing a fair ball call in the top of the 8th inning of the Red Sox-Mets game. With one out and none on, Sandoval hit a 1-2 splitter from Mets pitcher Tyler Clippard on the ground near home plate, fielded by catcher Travis d'Arnaud. Replays indicate d'Arnaud first touched the baseball while it was in fair territory, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 3-3. The Red Sox ultimately won the contest, 6-4, in 10 innings.

This is John Hirschbeck (17)'s fifth ejection of 2015.
John Hirschbeck now has 7 points in the UEFL Standings (3 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 7).
Crew Chief John Hirschbeck now has 17 points in Crew Division (16 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 17).

This is the 183rd ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 82nd player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Sandoval was 0-3 in the contest.
This is the Red Sox' 9th ejection of 2015, 2nd in the AL East (TOR 10; BOS 9; NYY 5; BAL, TB 4).
This is Pablo Sandoval's first career MLB ejection.
This is John Hirschbeck's first ejection since June 16, 2015 (Bruce Bochy; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Mets, 8/28/15
Video: Sandoval is tagged out on jammed ball at the plate, gets tossed after his parting comments (BOS)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

MLB Ejection 182: Alan Porter (2; Francisco Cervelli)

HP Umpire Alan Porter ejected Pirates C Francisco Cervelli for arguing a ball two call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Pirates-Marlins game. With none out and none on, Marlins batter Jeff Mathis took a 1-0 fastball from Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole for a called second ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and knee high (px 0.861, pz 1.642 [sz_bot 1.350]), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Pirates were leading, 1-0. The Pirates ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is Alan Porter (64)'s second ejection of 2015.
Alan Porter now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Jeff Kellogg now has 4 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 4).

This is the 182nd ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 81st player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Cervelli was 1-2 in the contest.
This is the Pirates' 8th ejection of 2015, 1st in the NL Central (PIT 8; CIN 7; CHC, MIL, STL 6).
This is Francisco Cervelli's 2nd ejection of 2015, 1st since July 11 (Vic Carapazza; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Alan Porter's first ejection since June 24, 2015 (Joe Girardi; QOC = N [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins, 8/27/15
Video: Cervelli spins around and confronts Porter when a frame isn't granted, leading to ejection (PIT)