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Monday, June 29, 2015

Review of Bullet Down the Line, Fletcher Gets Upset

After 1B Umpire Chris Segal ruled Giants batter Matt Duffy's liner foul down the first base line, skipper Bruce Bochy requested and received a crew chief review, setting off a chain of "review this, not that" machinations back at MLB Advanced Media headquarters in New York. To set the scene, Duffy, in pursuit of a cycle, ripped a line drive at Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario, whose glove may or may not have made contact with the baseball before it fell to the ground near the foul line just past Segal's position.

But before we get to Duffy, we turn to Andy Fletcher and Jon Lester in Chicago. After walking Dodgers batter AJ Ellis on an inside pitch, Lester drew the ire of plate umpire Andy Fletcher, who marched out to the mound as Cubs catcher David Ross stepped in front of Fletcher until skipper Joe Maddon picked up the issue. After a brief argument, zero ejections, and a total delay of about 75 seconds, play resumed with none out and one on in the top of the second. Los Angeles ultimately won the contest, shutting out the Cubbies 4-0.
Video: Fletcher marches at Lester after a reaction on the heels of an AJ Ellis walk (CHC)

Back to Replay....MLB's strictly regulated Replay Review system specifies exactly which plays or calls are and are not reviewable via video instant replay. Replay Review regulation V. outlines the only calls eligible for Replay Review and, relative to the play at hand, include "Calls involving a decision regarding whether a batted ball was 'A FOUL BALL,' within the meaning of the Official Baseball Rule's Definition of Terms (formerly Rule 2.00) but only with respect to balls that first land at or beyond the set positions of the first or third base Umpire." Regulation V.C. goes on to address the specific case of an infielder (in our play, F3 Rosario) who attempts to field a line drive: "Line drives fielded by a defensive player in the infield and balls that first land in front of the set positions of the first or third base Umpire shall not be subject to review."

Let's walk through the play, which has been color-coded to indicate which aspects of the play are and are not reviewable (green = reviewable / red = not reviewable):
B1 Duffy hits a line drive down the first base line as F3 Rosario attempts to field it (and may or may not have touched it in fair or foul territory), which subsequently lands on the dirt behind U1 Segal's position and in either fair or foul territory.

This likewise answers the Rockies' broadcasters question as to why crew chief Greg Gibson, acting in place of the injured Jim Joyce, convened the crew to discuss the play ("Moreover, prior to the initiation of a Replay Review, the Umpires may confer among themselves at any time and change any call (whether or not the call is reviewable) in accordance with Official Baseball Rule 8.02 (formerly Rule 9.02)" [Reg. II.A]).

Replays indicate the ball landed in foul territory beyond Segal's position, the reviewable aspect of this play was officiated properly. Replays are inconclusive as to whether F3 Rosario touched the baseball.
Video: Duffy's cycle bid comes up short as line drive down the first base line lands foul (COL)

MLB Replay Reviews, Week 12 (June 22 - June 29, 2015)

MLB umpires experienced 58 instant replay reviews during the week of June 22 - June 29, 2015 (+1 over prior week). Games played during this period featured the following MLB Replay Review decisions:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

MLB Ejection 111: Ron Kulpa (1; Terry Francona)

HP Umpire Ron Kulpa ejected Indians Manager Terry Francona for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 9th inning of the Indians-Orioles game. With one out and two on, Indians batter Ryan Raburn took a 2-2 fastball from Orioles pitcher TJ McFarland for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and knee high (px -.506, pz 1.544 [sz_bot 1.520]), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Orioles were leading, 8-0. The Orioles ultimately won the contest, 8-0.

This is Ron Kulpa (46)'s first ejection of 2015.
Ron Kulpa now has 5 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct = 5).
Crew Chief Ron Kulpa now has -6 points in Crew Division (-7 Previous + 1 Correct Call = -6).

This is the 111th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 51st Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Indians' 4th ejection of 2015, 3rd in the AL Central (KC 9; CWS 5; CLE 4; DET, MIN 2).
This is Terry Francona's 2nd ejection of 2015, 1st since May 13 (Mike Everitt; QOC = U [Warnings]).
This is Ron Kulpa's first ejection since August 2, 2014 (Randall Delgado; QOC = U [Throwing At]).

Wrap: Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles (Doubleheader Game 2), 6/28/15
Video: His Indians shutout 12-0 during the day-night double, Francona lets loose during Inning 18 (CLE)

MLB Ejection 110: Tripp Gibson (4; Mike Napoli)

HP Umpire Tripp Gibson ejected Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 2nd inning of the Red Sox-Rays game. With one out and none on, Napoli took a 3-2 slider from Rays pitcher Chris Archer for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer edge of home plate and thigh high (px 0.857, pz 1.799 [sz_bot 1.450]), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Red Sox were leading, 1-0. The Red Sox ultimately won the contest, 5-3.

This is Tripp Gibson (73)'s fourth ejection of 2015.
Tripp Gibson now has 17 points in the UEFL Standings (13 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct = 17).
Crew Chief Brian Gorman now has 19 points in Crew Division (18 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 19).

This is the 110th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 51st player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Napoli was 0-1 (SO) in the contest.
This is the Red Sox' 7th ejection of 2015, 1st in the AL East (BOS 7; BAL, NYY, TOR 4; TB 3).
This is Mike Napoli's 2nd ejection of 2015, 1st since May 29 (Todd Tichenor; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Tripp Gibson's first ejection since May 19, 2015 (Brad Ausmus; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 6/28/15
Video: Napoli drops the bat and yells at Gibson after striking out, exploding after he is tossed (BOS)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

MLB Ejection 109: Rob Drake (3; Brett Oberholtzer)

HP Umpire Rob Drake ejected Astros P Brett Oberholtzer for throwing at Yankees batter Alex Rodriguez in the top of the 2nd inning of the Yankees-Astros game. With one out and one on, Oberholtzer surrendered a home run to Yankees batter Chris Young. Immediately thereafter, subsequent batter Rodriguez took a first-pitch fastball inside for a called first ball. Replays indicate the pitch was significantly inside (px -2.580, or nearly two feet [22.5 inches] from the inner edge of home plate), the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 6-0. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 9-6.

This is Rob Drake (30)'s third ejection of 2015.
Rob Drake now has 11 points in the UEFL Standings (9 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable = 11).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 15 points in Crew Division (14 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 15).

This is the 109th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 50th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Oberholtzer's line was 1.1 IP, 6 ER (2 HR).
This is the Astros' 3rd ejection of 2015, 2nd in the AL West (SEA 4; HOU 3; LAA, OAK, TEX 2).
This is Brett Oberholtzer's first career MLB ejection.
This is Rob Drake's first ejection since May 13, 2015 (Bryce Harper/Matt Williams; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros, 6/27/15
Video: After giving up his 2nd HR and 6 overall runs, Oby tries yet fails to bean slugger A-Rod (NYY)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

MLB Ejection 108: Larry Vanover (2; Terry Collins)

2B Umpire Larry Vanover ejected Mets Manager Terry Collins for arguing an out call in the top of the 4th inning of the Mets-Brewers game. With one out and one on, Mets baserunner Darrell Ceciliani attempted to steal second base off Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who threw to second baseman Scooter Gennett as Ceciliani arrived at second base. Replays indicate Ceciliani's right foot appeared to come into contact with second base before Gennett's glove tagged Ceciliani, the call was incorrect.

This is Larry Vanover (27)'s second ejection of 2015.
Larry Vanover now has -1 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -1).
Crew Chief Larry Vanover now has 2 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 2).

This is the 108th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 50th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Mets' 3rd ejection of 2015, T-2nd in the NL East (WAS 5; ATL, NYM, PHI 3; MIA 1).
This is Terry Collins' 2nd ejection of 2015, 1st since April 14 (Alfonso Marquez; QOC = N [Interference]).
This is Larry Vanover's first ejection since June 17, 2015 (John Farrell; QOC = ? [Check Swing]).

Wrap: New York Mets vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 6/25/15
Video: Having lost his challenge on an upheld call earlier in the game, Collins gets tossed arguing (NYM)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MLB Ejection 107: Alan Porter (1; Joe Girardi)

1B Umpire Alan Porter ejected Yankees Manager Joe Girardi for arguing a ball one (check swing) call in the top of the 3rd inning of the Phillies-Yankees game. With two out and two on, Phillies batter Maikel Franco attempted to check his swing on a  0-2 curveball from Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova. Play was reviewed and adjudicated by the UEFL Appeals Board (0-5-0), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 2-0. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 10-2.

This is Alan Porter (64)'s first ejection of 2015.
Alan Porter now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB + ? Call = ?).
Crew Chief Jeff Kellogg now has ? points in Crew Division (11 Previous + ? Call = ?).

These are the 105th and 106th ejections of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 49th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Yankees' 4th ejection of 2015, T-2nd in the AL East (BOS 6; BAL, NYY, TOR 4; TB 3).
This is Joe Girardi's 2nd ejection of 2015, first since June 7 (Dan Bellino; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Alan Porter's first ejection since March 31, 2015 (Lloyd McClendon; QOC = U [Warnings]).

Wrap: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees, 6/24/15
Video: Girardi walks along the dugout to complain to Porter, who tosses him for the argument (NYY)

Jim Joyce Tears Calf, to DL; G Gibson, Hamari Hit at Home

Jim Joyce suffered a torn calf muscle and is on the umpire's Disabled List. His projected DL time is 3-4 weeks after tearing his calf during Monday's Royals-Mariners game. Joyce finished the game and was replaced Tuesday by Pat Hoberg.

On Tuesday, plate umpire Greg Gibson additionally took a direct shot on an errant 88 mph cutter from Mariners pitcher Mike Montgomery, as catcher Mike Zunino was unable to glove the high pitch. After consultation with Mariners training staff and quick visual inspection of his hockey-style mask, Gibson remained in the game.
Video: Gibson is struck in the face by an untamed cutter, but stays in the game (SEA)

Meanwhile in Miami, plate umpire Adam Hamari was knocked back by an uncaught 95 mph fastball from Cardinals pitcher Kevin Siegrist that took a slight deflection off catcher Yadier Molina's mitt and struck the center of Hamari's chest protector. Like Gibson, Hamari stayed in the game.
Video: Hamari takes a 95 miles-per-hour pitch directly to the sternum, Molina says "my fault" (FOX)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MLB Ejections 105-106: Culbreth/Reynolds (1|2; Murphy, Kemp)

HP Umpire Fieldin Culbreth ejected Padres Interim Manager Pat Murphy and 1B Umpire Jim Reynolds ejected Padres RF Matt Kemp for arguing a strike three (check swing) call by Culbreth in the top of the 8th inning of the Padres-Giants game. With none out and two on, Padres batter Clint Barmes attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 curveball from Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Play was reviewed and adjudicated by the UEFL Appeals Board (7-0-0), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Giants were leading, 2-0. The Padres ultimately won the contest, 3-2, in 11 innings.

This is Fieldin Culbreth (25)'s first ejection of 2015.
This is Jim Reynolds (77)'s second ejection of 2015.
Fieldin Culbreth now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB + ? Call = ?).
Jim Reynolds now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB + ? Call-Crewmate = ?).
Crew Chief Fieldin Culbreth now has ? points in Crew Division (-4 Previous + 2*[? Call] = ).

These are the 105th and 106th ejections of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 48th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the 49th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Kemp was 0-3 (3 strikeouts) in the contest.
This is the Padres' 10/11th ejection of 2015, 1st in the NL West (SD 11; LAD 6; COL 4; SF 3; ARI 1).
This is Pat Murphy's first career MLB ejection.
This is Matt Kemp's 3rd ejection of 2015, first since June 1 (Dan Iassogna; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Fieldin Culbreth's first ejection since August 13, 2014 (Robin Ventura; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
This is Jim Reynolds' first ejection since May 23, 2015 (Bryan Price; QOC = U [Unsportsmanlike-NEC]).

Wrap: San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants, 6/23/15
Video: With Cubby calling the swing, Murph gets his first dump demanding he ask for help (SD)

MLB Ejection 104: Eric Cooper (2; Mickey Callaway)

HP Umpire Eric Cooper ejected Indians Pitching Coach Mickey Callaway for arguing ball calls in the top of the 5th inning of the Tigers-Indians game. With none out and none on, Indians pitcher Danny Salazar loaded the bases with one out, prompting a mound visit from Callaway and subsequent ejection. Replays indicate that of Cooper's 12 called balls prior to Callaway's ejection, Cooper officiated all 12 properly for 100% accuracy (12/12), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 1-1. The Tigers ultimately won the contest, 7-3.

This is Eric Cooper (56)'s second ejection of 2015.
Eric Cooper now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 8).
Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom now has 7 points in Crew Division (6 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 7).

This is the 104th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Indians' 3rd ejection of 2015, 3rd in the AL Central (KC 9; CWS 5; CLE 3; DET, MIN 2).
This is Mickey Callaway's first ejection since August 30, 2014 (Bill Welke; QOC = N [Check Swing]).
This is Eric Cooper's first ejection since June 15, 2015 (Maikel Franco; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians, 6/23/15
Video: Unhappy with Cooper's strike zone, Callaway argues after his mound visit and gets tossed (CLE)