Monday, July 4, 2011

Ejections: Vic Carapazza (4)

1B Umpire Vic Carapazza ejected Marlins third baseman Emilio Bonifacio for arguing an out call in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Phillies-Marlins game. With two out and one on, Bonifacio grounded out on an 0-1 pitch to Phillies first basemen Ryan Howard to pitcher Vance Worley for a tag out. Replays indicate that Worley failed to apply a tag to Bonifacio, the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the contest was tied, 0-0. The Phillies ultimately won the contest, 1-0.

This is Vic Carapazza (85)'s fourth ejection of 2011.
Vic Carapazza now has 6 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (8 Previous + 3 AAA + -1 Penalty + -4 Incorrect Call = 6).
Vic Carapazza was not drafted in 2011.
*Quality of Correctness was challenged and confirmed ("Incorrect" ==> "Incorrect").

This the 105th ejection of 2011.
This is the 46th player ejection of 2011.
Prior to his ejection, Bonifacio was 1-3 in the contest.

Wrap: Phillies at Marlins Independence Day 2011
Video (1): Carapazza Ejects Bonifacio
Video (2): Alternative Broadcast

27 comments :

Anonymous said...

MLB.TV this one if you can, Florida first replay bottom 5 before break, he brushed him GREAT call.

Anonymous said...

The ejections was not by the HP umpire.

Cricket said...

From behind, it is evident Worley did indeed tag Bonifacio. The question becomes, "Did Bonifacio touch the bag first? Did he EVER touch the bag or did he step in front of it?"

tmac said...

@ anon: I would love to know what replay you are talking about... I watched both casts and NONE show a tag.. In fact if you look in depth slow mo (which you get with MLB.tv) you can see Worley make a attempt to tag him after the initial attempt.

Also this is a HORRIBLE ejection. That was not a firing of the helmet. I will continue to note that Carapazza is doing his best to not get a job.. despite being a Marsh/Reliford fav and being married into the Garcia Family

Anonymous said...

GREAT call my a**! What are you looking at?! There are links to four different views of this call on this site alone and none show a tag.

And the ejection is absolutely awful. Carapazza, I think, is a rookie ump and he already has four ejections. Not good. And IIRC, some of his other ejections have also been questionable. I've got news for all of you umpire apologists...these guys aren't always right. I think some of you think they are. And quite a few of them are simply awful umpires. Yes, some are fantastic and rarely fuel any controversy, but this guy and several others are awful.

Anonymous said...

Challenge, First angle on Marlins TV shows this to be correct in my opinion, so it should be inconclusive at best.

Ruben said...

I see in the alternative broadcast paused early at the :05 mark the BR right foot on the bag without the tag being applied yet.

Anonymous said...

Got him with the string of the glove...

Bill said...

Hi Tmac...

Your posts are always on target, well thought out and topical. I thought Carapazza took care of business the other night, and I agree with you this ejection was probably not warranted

That being said, we heard you the first time you brought up Carapazza's "family" connections, and to bring it up again is starting to sound like some bitterness on your part. I'm just sayin....

tmac said...

@ Anon: LOL the string of the glove.. Can you also see a foul tip?

@ Bill Actually I'm trying to defuse some of the critism he will inevitablely recieve by continuing to miss calls...I wouldn't call it bitterness.. but I am certainly disapointed he is getting a much longer look. I think the fans deserve to know why he is there. If you go back and read I wasn't very high on Bellino and man has he proved me wrong.

jrd said...

@Bill

I appreciate tmac and others who are more "on the inside" than people like me who just umpire HS and enjoy the discussions.

Please continue to post tmac as I find the insights of you and others to make the site very interesting.

Gil "R.O." said...

This ruling has been challenged and is under review.

Bill said...

Fair enough, tmac...I think Chris Conroy is this year's break out AAA guy, not Carapazza. And while I have been satisfied that Bellino got a job, and remain disappointed that Angel Campos did not.

No offense intended, and I hope none was taken.

Anonymous said...

Bloodlines don't always matter. If I recall, Mike Reilly's nephew made it to AAA but never got any big league games. Also, Drew Coble's son never got close.

tmac said...

@ Anon 4:45:

Carapazza is actually a "Call-up" umpire who does not have a full-time contract. He is in his 2nd year umpiring at the MLB level... But his first being a full-time call up. Usually umpires do not work more then a dozen games in their first season of MLB call up status with few if any plates. ( VIc worked 29 last year with 7 plates.) a first year call up is usually in their 3rd year in AAA and approx 6th or 7th in MiLB (Though this varies). In the second year as a call up they will now work more plates usually do not get more then say about 50-or 60 games on the MLB level (vic has been up most of the season and will work in excess of 100 games.

Many will be surprised to know that call ups have worked almost every day of the season in years past with well in excess of 150 games. This is significant b/c usually the unionized full-time umpires with contracts do not work nearly that many with all of the vacation time they are granted.

It is also important to note that there is a new group running the umpires. They may set new standards. Dan Bellino, the lastest hire worked one game in 2008 (third base) 31 games in 2009 and over 100 last season.

tmac said...

@ anon 11:10am

True on both counts... Mike Reilly's nephew Brian was on the fast track through PBUC and got to AAA in three years. He then spent the minimum time in AAA before being released. I never saw Brian umpire late in his career but all accounts were he wasn't very good.

You have to be extra not good to not even get a look. The bottom line is MLB doesn't want any embarrassments in the big leagues. Even the worst MLB umpires are not even CLOSE to being as bad as a below ave AA umpire. And several that were shaky early in their careers have really turned it around nicely. Believe me it takes time to adjust to every level.

tmac said...

@ Bill" No offense intended...I believe there will be three spots open next year: The Hohn injury replacement (which is not officially filled yet) and two more who will retire. There's no official word yet.. Here's where the fun begins... Vic, Porter, Campos, Tichnor front runners.. Then there are a few like Conroy, Lance Barrett, Mike Muchilinski, John Tumpane. It appears there are several very good young umpires and just not enough spots open.

In the next 5 years I see about 8 spots opening. There has been talk of attempting to go to five man crews with permanent off days after working the plate. This would be interesting BUT it would only add seven jobs b/c 2 crews are always off anyway. That would be great for the young umpires in the mix.. but would not likely happen until the next umpire labor contract.

Right now 17 crews = 68 umpires
15 five man crews = 75 umpires

Bill said...

Since Tichenor is essentially working Hohn's slot, I would expect him to be a lock. I have expecting Campos to get a job for two years now, and hope he will finally get one. Haven't seen enough of Porter, but he has handled himself well in the EJ's he has had.

I think Estabrook's shot is gone, and Carapzza and Tumpane need more time.

Anonymous said...

Brian Reilly didn't get to AAA until his 5th year. Quick but it happens. Angel Campos also got to AAA in his 5th year.

Anonymous said...

@T-mac,

What about Estabrook and Reyburn? I think both could be close to being promoted

Anonymous said...

Reilly is back in the system....went through pbuc this year

Dan said...

@tmac:

So Bill Hohn is definitely done for good? That's a shame. He certainly provided a lot of material for us here the past few years, lol. But joking aside, he did have a nice rebound season last year, and I was looking forward to seeing him continue.

And I take it the two umpires you're talking about possibly retiring this year are Joe West and Derryl Cousins? An even more interesting discussion than what AAA guys will get their spots, is who will replace them as crew chiefs. There are a lot of potential candidates.

tmac said...

@ Dan... Maybe this could go in another forum... seems like the crew chief topic could be a great topic.. You are correct that both are crew chiefs and while one has announced his retirement internally I would imagine all that will break come along the wire soon enough.

@ Anon 9:14 Brian Reilly went back to school and is umpiring again?? While this is news to me.. I'm shocked... Usually guys who are released don't get the opportunity to come back... I saw a Brian Reilly Umpiring the NY-penn... we are sure it's the same guy?

Gil "R.O." said...

This ruling has been challenged.

After review, the Quality of Correctness has been confirmed. The call is now incorrect.

After review, including examination of the real-time play, replays, and alternate angles, the decision of confirming the original Quality of Correctness was made. By placing and synchronizing multiple replay angles, it is apparent and conclusive the fielder missed the tag and the runner did touch first base; the runner was incorrectly ruled out.

Denied.

Anonymous said...

That Joe West is retiring is good news for baseball. Google Joe West and you'll find a laundry list of confrontations, including and Andre Dawson fit of rage in 1991, at least two arguments involving stadium lights (with Lou Pinella and Bobby Cox) and a number of other incidents. The guy is just a terrible umpire.

tmac said...

@ Anon I never said Joe West is retiring.. for the record... I just said you can expect two umpires to retire at the end of the season ;). I'm not in the biz of breaking stories

SPballsandstrikes said...

I also notice Troy Fullwoods name floating around the AAA box scores..

He saw a bit of time in MLB a few years ago and then disappeared(released?) and has made it back.

I could see the 2 CC's being Cousins and McClellend....I don't see Joe leaving yet,unless he is asked to leave.

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