Monday, October 31, 2011
Awards: 2011 Most Improved Umpire: Tim Timmons
2011 UEFL Awards: Most Improved Umpire: Tim Timmons (95)
Tim Timmons is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's 2011 most improved umpire. In his 11th full Major League Baseball umpiring season, Timmons finished the 2011 season with two ejections after experiencing seven ejections last season. Timmons executed his first 2011 ejection in July, followed by an August 12 ejection of Carlos Zambrano for throwing at Atlanta's Chipper Jones.
Zambrano allegedly had grown frustrated and was accused of throwing at Jones without provokation, leaving a note on his locker announcing his retirement and leaving the stadium following the ejection. Timmons was unilaterally praised by many observers, including many UEFL'ers. One commenter wrote that Timmons "handled this situation better than any umpire I have seen in thirty years," while numerous UEFL'ers complimented Timmons for "preventing yet another MLB brawl."
Timmons worked his first career Championship Series this year, maintaining order during a Cardinals rout of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Tim Timmons now has 5 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (4 Previous + 1 Award = 5).
The next postseason award, Fill-In Umpire of the Year, will be released tomorrow.