Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ejections: Kerwin Danley (2)

HP Umpire Kerwin Danley ejected Royals Manager Ned Yost for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the 4th inning of the Yankees-Royals game. With none out and two on, Royals pitcher Danny Duffy gave up a single to Yankees batter Mark Teixiera. Yost was ejected during a subsequent mound visit; a Balls/Strikes Exemption was applied under UEFL Rule 6.e.iv.b. Replays indicate Danley had no missed ball calls in the top of the 4th inning, the call must be correct.* At the time of the ejection, the contest was tied, 5-5. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 9-7.

This is Kerwin Danley (44)'s second ejection of 2011.
Kerwin Danley now has 2 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (-2 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 2)
Kerwin Danley is owned as a Secondary Umpire by jdbr78, who is now tied for 30th place in the UEFL with 4 points.
*A Balls/Strikes Exemption was applied under UEFL Rule 6.e.iv.b.
**This call is correct per "Kulpa Rule" 6.b.ii.a and Rule 6.e.iii.d.

This is the 157th ejection of 2011.
This is the 75th Manager ejection of 2011.
This is Yost's third ejection of 2011.

Video: Yost gets tossed arguing the strike zone

Pitch f/x courtesy Brooks Baseball

14 comments :

Anonymous said...

It's either in the strike zone or it's not....

Anonymous said...

Again, Fox Trax says pitch #4 is a strike, yet pitch f/x says it's a ball. I understand the explanation regarding normalized zones, pitch crossing the front of the plate, etc., but why does it seem that on almost a routine basis, FoxTrax & KZone tend to disagree with the umpire whereas pitch f/x tends to back the umpire up. If the umpire is 94% accurate with pitch f/x, from my estimation (very nonscientific), that same umpire would be 85% accurate with FoxTrax.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 8:32PM, I'm sorry, but FoxTrax said pitch #4 (to Teixeira), the one you're referring to, was a ball. The homer Royals announcers SOMEHOW got the idea in their mind that Danley is having a bad game, culminating with the extremely misguided and stupid (except that the announcers probably think they're the bee's knees for saying it) comment, "Kerwin Danley and FoxTrax won't be having a beer after the game is over." They were being completely fair "now that looked pretty harmless, but let me tell you, you're not supposed to argue balls and strikes, that's supposed to be an automatic ejection" until that Danley/FoxTrax beer comment.

Anonymous said...

FYI, the FoxTrax/KZone is nothing more than a guy in the trailer with a mouse estimating where the pitch is... It is for entertainment purposes only... Sorry to burst everyone's bubbles.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 9:12 - That statement is completely untrue. I used to work at Wrigley Field and have seen the ESPN and FOX crew come in and setup the triangulation equipment for both FoxTrax and KZone. There is science behind both systems and it is NOT someone sitting in a trailer guessing where a pitch was. My best guess for the differences between the systems? The setup of the cameras determines the accuracy. If they aren't perfectly placed and calibrated, the tracking with not be identical.

Anonymous said...

The difference is MLB uses static, semi-permanent cameras. ESPN, FOX, etc., set up daily and have to redo their setup day to day.

tmac said...

Let's get back to the umpire in question for a moment. Danley does NOT call the bottom of the zone.. never has... I'm sure when the announcers claim he was having a bad game it because he missed (according to the normailzed pitch graph 20 strikes for balls. 12 against KC and 8 against NY.

http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/zoneplot.php-pitchSel=all&game=gid_2011_08_16_nyamlb_kcamlb_1&sp_type=1&s_type=7.gif

Adam said...

Video up...http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=18110179

Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity, what are the numbers for the called strike in the upper left outside the box, and the called ball lower right outside the box?

Anonymous said...

"That rule is never enforced..." Commentators are such morons.

Troy said...

I don't know where Fox gets their data from, but pitchfx and K-Zone were developed by the same company and thus get their data from the same source. A long time ago, Fox had a contract with Questec, but I think that's expired.

Pitchfx is calibrated by humans. I saw an job ad for a pitchfx operator in the pre-season, and if I remember part of the duties mentioned setting a strike zone for each batter. I don't know if that's done before every pitch or before every at bat.

Nevertheless, there's still the human element involved, even with pitchfx. It's still better than guessing from the center field camera angle.

Jon Terry said...

video

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=18110179

Cricket said...

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=18110179

Yost is a prick. I don't say that about former Braves, usually. But I cannot stand the guy.

Usually, I don't like when commentators make jokes...but the beer joke was kinda funny.

Cricket said...

Also, notice how Kerwin's facial expression changed beginning around the :45 mark. Yost must've said something particular...

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