Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ejection 044: Jerry Meals (1)

HP Umpire Jerry Meals ejected Tigers Batting Coach Lloyd McClendon for arguing a ball call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Tigers-Indians game. With two out and none on, Indians batter Jose Lopez took a 0-2 fastball for from Tigers pitcher Doug Fister for a called first ball. In the top of the seventh inning, Tigers batter Miguel Cabrera had taken a 3-0 sinker from Indians pitcher Joe Smith for a called first strike; McClendon believed both pitches were in the same location. Replays indicate the pitch to Lopez was located thigh high and off the outer edge of home plate (px value of 1.293), the call was correct. Though replays indicate the pitch to Cabrera was located thigh high and outside (px value of 0.967), this previous call is not reviewable per UEFL Rule 6-5-c. At the time of the ejection, the contest was tied, 2-2. The Indians ultimately won the contest, 4-2.

This is Jerry Meals (41)'s first ejection of 2012.
Jerry Meals now has 4 points in the UEFL (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Gary Darling now has 7 points in the UEFL's Crew division (6 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 7).


This is the 44th ejection of 2012.
This is Detroit's second ejection of 2012.
This is Jerry Meals' first ejection since July 26, 2011.

33 comments :

UmpsRule said...

And he get a correct call. To quote Vin Scully, "That really is a shame." (I believe Vin was referring to the Eric Cooper-Bobby Cox ejection in 2009)

Anonymous said...

As an Indians fan, I feel like Mr. Meals helped us out with the strike call on Cabrera. That should have been ball 4 forcing in the go-ahead run.

UmpsRule said...

Oops, he gets a correct call.

SteveJ said...

It does seem odd the ump gets off the hook merely because of the time frame of the argument.

In fact, it is worse than that. He not only gets off the hook for an obvious blown call. He gets credit for a correct one.

Anonymous said...

So McClendon's strategy is that because he striked a pitch two inches off of home plate, Meals should be yelled at for a pitch four inches off the plate called a ball? Ok.... I'd understand if the pitches were indeed in the exact same spot or even if the pitch called a ball were closer to the outsi corner than the pitch called a strike, but this argument looks rather unproductive.

JPINFV said...

@Steve: How far should the time limit be? Only apply ejections to the last call that was disputable? It's kinda of a rock and a hard place unless it's blatantly obvious which call is being argued.

Arik said...

@Anon9:08

Lets not forget that to McClendon's point of view the pitches were in the same spot. He is looking at the plate from somewhere near a 90 degree angle. From that angle you can see up and down, but cant really tell in and out.

Arik said...

is there video of the EJ?

BAPACop said...
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Big Marc said...

Steve it's as easy as this.....
If your not, as a player, talking about the last call made, then as a player your wrong.
There is a window for allowable comments, it doesn't stay open long.
At some point comments about previous calls become abuse.
So back to your point, this is why Jerry is correct, and Rat McClendon is still wrong.

Anonymous said...

Wow.. no bias there Big Marc. Really?

UmpsRule said...

Jerry Meals cost the Tigers at least one run in this game, and quite possibly more.

UmpsRule said...

I believe Paul Emmel has dumped Tom Brookens and Jim Leyland.

Anonymous said...

@ UmpsRule yes he did over a no balk call. I know someone very well that is a big tigers fan and I am sure that he is upset over the calls in the series

UmpsRule said...

I am a very big Tigers fan and it was definitely a surprise to see Brookens go.

Anonymous said...

While I don't have a problem with Meals running McClendon, we shouldn't be patting Meals on the back here either. The earlier pitch that he called against Cabrera was outside AND absolutely butchered by F2. The later pitch to Lopez was outside but framed perfectly yet Meals balled it. The EJ might have been "correct", but the calls leading up to it were not.
And "Big Marc", the perception of umpires is bad enough as it is. We don't need you to make it worse by calling a coach "Rat".

BAPACop said...

I'm just glad McClendon didn't go out and try to pick up home plate and carry it off with him because he felt Meals wasn't using it.

UmpsRule said...

@ BAPACop

Lol, he may have had a hard time if he'd tried doing that. But hey, I doubt Meals would have noticed the difference (kidding).

wwjd said...

@BAPACop I had forgot about mcclendon taking second base when he got ejected while pirates manager untill u made ur post that was hilarious i'm otflmao loved ur post.

wwjd said...

@BAPACop I had forgot about mcclendon taking second base when he got ejected while pirates manager untill u made ur post that was hilarious i'm otflmao loved ur post.

Anonymous said...

Gil & Jeremy,

Thank you for posting these embedded videos! I definitely appreciate the video for each ejection.

Anonymous said...

those embedded videos do not work on my computer. I dont know why.

UmpsRule said...

They aren't working for me either.

Gil Imber said...

I've added a link in addition to the embed; if you're receiving an error message from the player, perhaps the Docs/Drive direct link will work. The video is hosted by Google Docs/Drive and plays in a flash player similar to the one YouTube uses; the video therefore does not work on devices such as iPad or iPhone.

Big Marc said...
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Dan said...

I'm getting an error message from the embed video, and the link takes me to a video that is an advertisement for Google Drive.

Big Marc said...

@Anon 12:13pm,

I encourage you to register a name. You have admonished me behind vail for calling McClendon a Rat. While you may not like the term, really your problem is, you have no idea "how" and "why" I'm using it. I won't explain it to you, but I suggest less than 10% of the posters on this site WILL understand it either, so your in the majority. I think only ex-pro's will understand it, heck that's where I got it from.
BAPAcop cited the reason why I called him a rat.

Jerry is correct on the ejection, McClendon is a jerk, everybody knows it. Listen, there's no need to tell me I'm wrong as these are my opinions. Opinions cannot be right or wrong, there opinions, you can disagree.

It is a joke to think Jerry has to be 100% correct on every pitch. He's human, it's impossible! Good players know this, it's been part of the game for 150yrs. To look at Pitch F/x and judge Jerry is even a bigger joke.

If you told me build a table and only gave me the wood, nails, and a hammer, I could do it. It would be pretty level, nothing would roll off the table. And then if you came over and brought a laser level and tested it, I would say that's unfair and call you MLB, becasue that's exactly what they are doing.

UmpsRule said...

What is hard to understand about the fact that a vastly under-performing team is ticked off because the home plate umpire cost them at least one run?

Anonymous said...

BigMarc is the consummate professional. A real credit to the umpiring profession. With that attitude, I'm truly shocked MLB hasn't promoted his directly to crew chief. He'd fit right in with the new breed of MLB umpires.

UmpsRule said...

@ Anon 10:00

Yes, and I'm afraid you fit right in with the new breed of posters.

Anonymous said...

That pitch is awfully close. The way the umpires have been calling Ks and BBs this year, this seems to be a strike to me. Can't give a SP an inch off the plate some nights, and restrict it on others. Be consistent.

Meals is NOT consistent.

Anonymous said...

"Jerry is correct on the ejection, McClendon is a jerk, everybody knows it. Listen, there's no need to tell me I'm wrong as these are my opinions. Opinions cannot be right or wrong, there opinions, you can disagree."

I must have missed the part in the rules manual that describes how a "rat" should be ejected (as opposed to using something tangible like, oh, let's say "merit").

I am not sure what "new breed of posters" means (someone scripted that term in a comment above, and to quote Lebron it is "stupid"), but Anon has some learning to do.

Anonymous said...

"What is hard to understand about the fact that a vastly under-performing team is ticked off because the home plate umpire cost them at least one run? "

Who cares? Get the damn call right and it won't be an issue.

Meals gets dogged for the alleged missed call in that 19-inning marathon game, but to be honest, I don't think THAT was a bad call.

However, Meals is clearly not a top umpire and his strike zone sucks. (inconsistent)

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