Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ejection 064: Al Porter (3)

HP Umpire Al Porter ejected Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine for arguing a strike call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Nationals-Red Sox game. With two out and one on, Red Sox batter Dustin Pedroia took a 1-1 fastball from Nationals pitcher Tyler Clippard for a called second strike. Replays indicate the pitch was belt high and off the outer edge of home plate (px value of 1.051), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Nationals were leading, 4-3. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 4-3.

This is Al Porter (64)'s third ejection of 2012.
Al Porter now has -6 points in the UEFL (-4 Previous + 3 AAA - 1 Penalty - 4 Incorrect Call = -6).
Crew Chief Dana DeMuth now has 2 points in the UEFL's Crew division (2 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 2).

UEFL Standings Update

This is the 64th ejection of 2012.
This is the 33rd Manager ejection of 2012.
This is the Red Sox's 4th ejection of 2012, which ties the Blue Jays for 1st in the AL East (3; NYY).
This is Bobby Valentine's first ejection since May 18 (Gary Darling; QOC = Correct).
This is Al Porter's first ejection since May 25 (Jamey Carroll/Ron Gardenhire; QOC = Incorrect).

Wrap: Nationals at Red Sox, 6/10/12
Video: One strike away from game's end, Red Sox skipper Valentine tossed for arguing Porter's strike zone
Pitch f/x courtesy Brooks Baseball

21 comments :

MattAB said...

Alan Porter sure handles his ejections like a seasoned pro. Even though he missed this call, he handled things nicely. There's just something about this guy that makes him a fun umpire to watch. I must admit that I've really become a fan of his the last two seasons.

tmac said...

Al has been trained well and he had another solid outing today.... He handles people very well... Here is his chart

http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/zoneplot.php-pitchSel=all&game=gid_2012_06_10_wasmlb_bosmlb_1&sp_type=1&s_type=7.gif

Anonymous said...

It's unfortunate that he's gotten the QOCs wrong so far this year, I like his style.

Jerry said...

Well, the Nats swept the Red Sox. Bobby has much to be upset about—namely his team is slipping again—so it's not surprising that he wants to take it out on the scapegoat umpires.

wwjd said...

Greg Gibson has just ejected jim tracy for arguing an out call with one on and no outs cargo lined to the pitchwr who when he went to make the exchange dropped the ball giby rulled no catch it was a horrible call and tracy wasn't leaving till he got ejected and i don't blame him

Bill said...

That is a very solid pitch chart. I am not entirely convinced the pitch in question did not catch the corner on the way in and end up bit outside. Couple it with the glove never having to move, I can see why AP had it as a strike.

Another solid outing for AP; hoping he gets the call fulltime for next season.

Jimmy Jack said...

Once again, Valentine waits until Boston's last at bat to complain about the umpiring and once again, he got dumped. At least Porter wasn't spitting gum a la Gary Darling.

Anonymous said...

Cue the UEFL's Alan Porter Fan Club...

SJR said...

At the end of the ejection video, the Red Sox announcers were saying "Like we said earlier about Alan Porter..." and then it cut off. Would anyone who watched the game on the NESN feed please finish that remark?

Anonymous said...

Wow this is sorta eerie. Curse of the number 64 perhaps? Back when CB Bucknor was 64, he was regarded as pretty awful, continually made some bad calls. Porter is better than that obviously, but still, three ejections in 2012 that were all blown calls, including Ejection 064? Curse of 64.

Gil Imber said...

@SJR, the full quote is: "We talked about Porter earlier in this ball game."

Jerry Remy didn't finish his sentence and the next remarks were Don Orsillo calling a subsequent foul ball.

Anonymous said...

Before KZONE foxtrax and whatever else there is this was called a strike everytime. I still call that a strike everytime and all the coaches ever say is take it to oposite field.

Anonymous said...

Why are the Sox losing the first 2 at home anyway, especially when the visitors committed 3 errors the night before. What a crybaby.

Curt Crowley said...

Anon @5:02pm: "Cue the UEFL's Alan Porter fan club."

I literally laughed out loud at that one. Porter seems to be the one umpire that can bring everyone together in agreement. I've been a fan of Porter since his first ejection was chronicled on this site. Even when he blows the call and takes a cussing, he is always in control of his emotions.

Porter may be relatively new, but he should be teaching "situation handling" to other umpires.

This concludes our regularly scheduled obligatory Alan Porter lovefest.

Anonymous said...

Bucknor wears #54 I don't recall him ever wearing #64

Anonymous said...

So Bobby mustache Valentine said that the "umpires had a real bad series this series—a real bad series—and it went one way. There should be a review."

Well, Bob, substitute "Red Sox" for "umpires" and I think you might be onto somethin'

Nate said...

If you pull tape from Fenway's security systems, I bet you find Valentine monkeying with the pitchtrax system before the game. That's a strike at any level.

UmpsRule said...

Hmmm, let's see how many more times Bobby V gets heaved the rest of the month.

Will said...

I really like the poise and control of Porter - but why are people defending the call itself? Good umpires make bad calls and the catcher set up way outside. You have to give a literal plate at that level and that was outside, plain and simple. Like the umpire, but he missed the call at a pivotal point in the game.

Anonymous said...

SJR: Earlier Jerry Remy said that Porter had a reputation as a very pitcher-friendly umpire.

Anonymous said...

Bobby Valentine is such a jackass. They have lost 4 games in a row so now computers should call balls and strikes. Shut Up.

http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/story/_/id/8039938/bobby-valentine-boston-red-sox-says-technology-help-umpires

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