Friday, June 1, 2012

Umpire Odds & Ends: Ejections on Par with 2011 Pace

Update: With the month of May in the books, 763 games have been played in all thus far for the season, 425 games in May, and 142 games since first looking into our season's ejection pace on the 21st of May.

The Ejection Rate is as follows (As of the end of play on May 31):
Season: 1 in 13.87 games (7.21%) compared to 6.6% for April and the first 21 days of May.
May: 1 in 10.65 games (9.41%)
Since May 21: 1 in 10.14 games (9.86%) compared to a 9.19% rate for the first 21 days of May.

MLB Ejections on Par with 2011 Pace: At the conclusion of Sunday's games, Major League Baseball has seen 621 regular season games played. On Sunday, Hunter Wendelstedt ejected Tim Dillard of the Milwaukee Brewers for the 41st ejection of the season. With Wendelstedt's ejection, 2012 has featured one ejection per 15.15 games or an ejection in 6.60% of all games played to date.

MLB Umpire Ejection Rates, April-May, 2011 & 2012
Last season, Major League Baseball saw its 620th game played at the conclusion of play on May 17, 2011. That day saw the 40th ejection of the season, with Jerry Meals tossing Seattle Mariners Manager Eric Wedge. The 41st ejection of the 2011 season occurred the very next day. The ejection rate after the 620th game of last season was 1 per 15.5 games or an ejection in 6.45% of games played to date.

The ejection pace between April and May (so far) this season has been significantly different, with a greater ejection rate in May. With 338 games played in April, there were 15 ejections, or an ejection once every 22.53 games or 4.44% of all games. However, May has seen 283 games played thus far and 26 ejections. To this point in May, there has been an ejection once every 10.88 games or 9.19% of all games, or a 107% increase in ejections from April-to-May 2012. In April of last year, 381 games were played with 21 ejections occurring (1 in 18.14 games or 5.15%). In May of last year, 431 games were played in all with 38 ejections occurring in all (1 in 11.34 games or 8.17%), just a 59% increase in ejection from April-to-May 2011.

Do you believe the ejection pace will continue at its current rate for May? Will we continue to see a similar pace to last year or do you think things may be starting to heat up between players, managers and umpires with ejections like that of Brett Lawrie and Charlie Manuel?

14 comments :

UmpsRule said...

I think that the increase from April to May being more drastic indicates that perhaps we will see the 2011 totals eventually surpassed.

mnhopper1s said...

I think it's interesting that you'll single out players and managers but not umpires. Remember there was an umpire suspended last week. When has the public heard of an umpire being suspended?

Jeremy Dircks said...

Mnhopper1s,

If you click on either of those players, you will find that they are clickable with a url. There, you will find the umpire that ejected them. Also, you can find a story on our site about the discipline Major League Baseball took against Bob Davidson.

Thanks,

Jeremy

Arik said...

Its strange. Seems like there has been a quicker pace to the EJs this year. Seems like its pretty much across the board at all levels of sports that there have been more ejections.

I agree with UmpsRule. I think there will be more ejections this year then last.

Big Marc said...

Mnhopper1s,

Can't resist. Let me get this straight, on the UMPIRE ejection fantasy league website, after a statistic regarding the total number of players and managers ejected so far this season, you find it interesting that the 1 single umpire suspension wasn't mentioned? Even though suspensions were not part of the post.
Interesting? Really?
Maybe a cover-up, huh?

Either way, continue to visit this site, I guarentee you'll find something as interesting as this topic.....
No wait, it was the NON-mentioned umpire suspension, that you thought was interesting.
Well, do indeed visit this site often, these guys cover-up most bad stuff about umpires. In fact they say they cover all MLB ejections on this site......
Do some research yourself, check the last 3 years........ hint, hint.... that's all I feel comfortable saying....(bet you'll find something) tounged removed.

Big Marc said...

since when do comments need to be approved?? Good idea, but was there an issue? Probably me!

Jeremy Dircks said...

Big Marc, during case plays, comments need approval. We don't want people to copy answers; unfortunately, we can only screen by how old a post is or all posts, not pick and choose individual posts for screening comments.

mnhopper1s said...

Big Marc, I visit this numerous times a day. And maybe you can answer my question.. before the other night, when was the last time MLB announced an umpire being disciplined?

And you'll find my comments elsewhere that I supported a longer suspension for the Lawrie incident. But it's wrong of me to expect the umpires to be held to a standard as well?

Anonymous said...

We had Mike Winters suspended for the rest of the season (5 games?) for his argument with Milton Bradley in 2008 and Brian Runge suspended that same year for bumping Jerry Manuel.

Anonymous said...

The Winters suspension was in 2007 and it also included a ban from the playoffs, which was significant for Winters since he almost always makes the playoffs.

UmpsRule said...

As I recall, Tom Hallion was suspended for about 3 games, but that was back in the 90s.

Anonymous said...

Cowboy was disciplined too not long ago, just didn't involve a suspension.

By the way, Cederstrom just dumped Philles Carlos Ruiz

Anonymous said...

global warming is making things hotter, which in turn is making people crankier. August is going to be brutal. Expect a record for ejections.

Anonymous said...

"global warming is making things hotter, which in turn is making people crankier."

Do we have an eyeroll smiley here?

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