Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ejections: Mike Estabrook (1)

HP Umpire Mike Estabrook ejected Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler for arguing a swinging strike three call in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Royals-Rangers game. With two out and none on, Kinsler was ruled to have swung at 0-2 slider from Royals pitcher Danny Duffy for strike three. Replays indicate that Kinsler did not appear to make a swing attempt, but successfully checked his swing, the call was incorrect. QOC was challenged and the call is now correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Royals led, 5-3. The Rangers ultimately won the contest, 7-6, on a walk-off single.

This is Mike Estabrook (83)'s first ejection of 2011.
Mike Estabrook now has 5 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (0 Previous + 3 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 5).
Mike Estabrook was undrafted in 2011.
*Quality of Correctness was challenged and overturned ("Incorrect" ==> "Correct")

This is the 56th ejection of 2011.
This is the 23rd player ejection of 2011.
Prior to his ejection, Kinsler was 1-3 in the contest.

Wrap: Royals at Rangers 5/29/11 Wrap
Video: Estabrook Ejects Kinsler

13 comments :

Bill said...

Here's the play that ended the game...

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15334605&query=%26game_pk%3D287694

I am not an Estabrook fan, but THAT is a great effin' call....wish he would have given the Royals catcher a post game EJ.

Anonymous said...

He went around. Good call by Estabrook.

Challenge

Anonymous said...

Definite challenge. I paused the video and Kinsler absolutely brought the bat too far around. Great call by Estabrook.

tmac said...

Estabrook and the Royals: Perfect together!

Anonymous said...

Whoa. On this site in the past, there have been "swings" that most umpires (during appeals) and viewers would call as a no-swing, and they've been listed as "correct" swing calls. This site has always erred to the side of everything being a swing attempt. How is this possible a no-swing?

Challenge for sure. I can find many examples on the old site of that being a clear swing.

Anonymous said...

Inteference at 1st on Final Play of the Game?

Gil "R.O." said...

This ruling has been challenged and is under review.

Anonymous said...

Considering there is no book definition of what a swing is, but only what tv personalities have led you to believe are pre-requisites for a swing, there is no way to argue that this call is wrong. Did a batter who is bunting attempt at the bunt because the bat was left out over the plate as he dove for cover on a pitch up and in? He stopped attempting at the pitch when he started bailing out. Whether the bat crosses the plate or not is the basis for a check swing only because you've heard it too much and too long on tv.

Anonymous said...

@tmac
In KC 2010: Eastabrook ejected Ortiz (balls/strikes)
In KC 2010: Estabrook ejected Ned Yost
Yesterday: Royals game: Ejected Kinsler
That's all I can remember, there may be more than that. Pretty good.

Gil "R.O." said...

This ruling has been challenged.

After review, the Quality of Correctness has been overturned. The call is now correct.

After review, including examination of the real-time play, replays, and alternate angles, the decision of overturning the original Quality of Correctness was made. After review, it appeared the batter attempted to strike the ball, and the swinging strike call was proper.

Overturned.

Adam & Katie said...

Bravo, good reversal.

Anonymous said...

Gil "R.O." said...

This ruling has been challenged.

After review, the Quality of Correctness has been overturned. The call is now correct.

After review, including examination of the real-time play, replays, and alternate angles, the decision of overturning the original Quality of Correctness was made. After review, it appeared the batter attempted to strike the ball, and the swinging strike call was proper.

Overturned.
May 30, 2011 9:34 AM


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Good call, although IMHO it looked evident the first time right at the 37 mark. If he would of hit it, it would have been a home run.

Anonymous said...

Here's the criteria for an umpire as I was taught at umpire school. "if in the umpires judgement he feels the batter attempted to swing". There's no mention in the OBR of the bat going a certain distance. Sam Holbrook said the check swing is the hardest call in baseball.

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