Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ejection 140: David Rackley (1)

HP Umpire David Rackley ejected Astros SS Marwin Gonzalez for arguing an out call in the top of the 9th inning of the Astros-Mets game. With one out and one on, Astros batter Ben Francisco hit a 3-2 fastball from Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell to left fielder Lucas Duda, who threw home as baserunner R2 Gonzalez was attempting to score. Replays indicate Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach successfully blocked access to home plate while fielding the throw and applied a legal tag on Gonzalez, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the contest was tied, 1-1. The Mets ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is David Rackley (86)'s first ejection of 2012.
David Rackley now has 5 points in the UEFL (3 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 5).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has 7 points in the Crew Division (6 Previous + 1 Correct = 7).

UEFL Standings Update

This is the 140th ejection of 2012.
This is the 59th player ejection of 2012. Prior to his ejection, Gonzalez was 2-4 in the contest.
This is the Astros' 5th ejection of 2012, 2nd in the NL Central (MIL 6; HOU 5; CHC, PIT, STL 4; CIN 2).
This is Marwin Gonzalez's first career MLB ejection.
This is David Rackley's first career MLB ejection.

23 comments :

Anonymous said...

Way to go Dave. Wow it looks like all the young guys are handleing themselves well. I guess they all learned fro m the Tiller incident in Toronto a few years ago.

Anonymous said...

Looked to me like the hand got the corner/edge of the plate before the tag was applied. I also didn't see him get ejected though.

Anonymous said...

Bellino tossed Bobby V

Russ said...

This is the Mets feed. The Astros feed showed clearly that Gonzalez was indeed out.

Anonymous said...

was it an equipment violation because it looked like he might have thrown his helmet? belino made a terrible call at first on a key play. It seems the Red Sox do not like him much (Aviles ejection). Pedey was hot at Blaser for calling a high strike as well

UmpsRule said...

I'm guessing this is Marwin's first MLB ejection as well? If so, that's the third time this season where it was a first for both the ump and player ejected (Manny Gonzalez, Ike Davis and Jordan Baker, Brandon Crawford being the other two cases).

Russ said...

Astros feed. As bad Hawk Harrelson is, it is nice to hear some non-homer fair announcers and Bill Brown and Jim Deshaies of the Astros always seem to be good.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=24233607&c_id=mlb

Russ said...

anon 1:08, no it was just a plain ejection. It is not in either video, but the mets feed about a minute later shows the ejection. Maybe Gil can whip together a short telly video of the actual ejection.

Mundane said...

Nice to see a call up handle their own ejections instead of the cluster F**** around Campos when he ejected Kemp and Mattingly. I think they do a disservice to the call ups when the rest of the crew hovers around him as if to protect him. Its an indication to players and managers that the ump can be intimidated.

Russ said...

I don't thin kthose 2 situations are comparible Mundane. In that case Kemp and Mattingly were irate and they were not going to leave easily. In this case, Marwin Gonzalez was mad but he left almost immediatly after he was ejected and Tony DeFrancesco managed to stay calm when arguing with Rackley. It wasn't as neccesary for Tom Hallion to come in and break it up. Trust me if it was like the Kmep situation, Hallion and O'Nora would both be there in a heartbeat as they are both really good at breaking up arguments. Hallion just felt in this situation, he was not neccesary in the argument and I agree with his line of thinking.

Anonymous said...

I hope that is the mets feed. Ive never heard annoucers bash there own players

Dan said...

Great block of the plate by Kelly Shoppach, and a good call by Rackley. He's done a solid job behind the plate on the few times I've seen him this year.

tmac said...

that was some poise by Rackley after the ejection... I'm not sure David was in the best position he could have gone a little more towards 1st BUT i think he was expecting a collision so it is really nitpicking.

Mundane said...

Only 3 umpires doing DBack game today. Tim Tschida not working due to a medical condition.

Mike said...

I'm guessing the umpire thought he was throwing his helmet at him. Looks like a good ejection to me. And a good job by the umpire keeping the manager in the game too.. There are other umpires who would have ejected the manager the minute he came out like that.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand the Mets announcer's basis for criticizing the Astros runner. "He job was to knock the catcher on his backside, be could have dislocated his shoulder". He could have injured a shoulder or broken a leg slamming into the catcher too. Or we could have had another Posey injury - with the Astros 40 games under .500. The Astros feed with Bill Brown and Jim Deshaies showed how completely professional they are.

Anon=LMS1953

Anonymous said...

I think Keith Hernandez might have a better idea of how to slide into the plate than anyone posting here.

Its a 1-1 game in the top of the ninth inning, and you've got to go into the plate better than that, whether or not your team is 40 games under .500.

He didn't give himself a very good chance to score by taking that route into the plate. That was the point that Hernandez, as a guy who played more 15 years in the big leagues, was making.

tmac said...

this is a really interesting play that should houhave its own thread!!

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_08_26_miamlb_lanmlb_1&mode=box#gid=2012_08_26_miamlb_lanmlb_1&mode=video

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Anonymous said...

For those who want to see Rackley's ejection mechanic, watch this video at about the 1:40 mark

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=24243753&c_id=mlb

Anonymous said...

Awesome call by Rackley. There's absolutely no plate to be had by the catcher's block and he's right on top of it. Good job and welcome to the club

DMay said...

The call at the plate was correct. I think the ejection was unwarranted, I thought throwing the helmet was just an equipment violation???

BAPACop said...

It's an ejection if you're throwing it in protest of a call, and it appears that's how Rackley interpreted it.

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