Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ejections 162, 163, 164: Alfonso Marquez (3, 4, 5)

HP Umpire Alfonso Marquez ejected Red Sox LF Cody Ross, Manager Bobby Valentine and 3B Coach Jerry Royster for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Yankees-Red Sox game. With two out and one on, Ross took a 3-2 slider from Yankees pitcher Rafael Soriano for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located at the hollow of the knee and over the outer half of home plate (px = .643; sz_bot = 1.580, pz = 1.507), the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 5-3. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 5-4.

These are Alfonso Marquez (72)'s third, fourth and fifth ejections of 2012.
Alfonso Marquez now has 13 points in the UEFL (1 Previous + 3*[2 MLB + 2 Correct Call] = 13).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has 10 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (7 Previous + 3* [1 Correct] = 10).
*This call is correct pursuant to UEFL Rule 6-2-b-2 (Miller Rule).

UEFL Standings Update

These are the 162nd, 163rd and 164th ejection of 2012.
This is the 71st player ejection of 2012. Prior to his ejection, Ross was 0-4 in the contest.
This is the 75th Manager ejection of 2012.
This is the Red Sox's 13th ejection of 2012, 1st in MLB and the AL East (BOS 13; NYY, TB, TOR 5; BAL 4).
This is Cody Ross' first ejection since June 9, 2008 (Bill Hohn; QOC = Incorrect).
This is Bobby Valentine's sixth ejection of 2012 and first since August 26 (Dan Bellino; QOC = Incorrect).
This is Jerry Royster's first ejection since May 16, 2002 (Doug Eddings; QOC = Unknown).

Wrap: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox, 9/12/12
Video: Ross is called out on strikes and ejected by Marquez for arguing the strike zone (BOS)
Video: Ross' ejection is followed by Bobby Valentine's heave-ho from the dugout (BOS)
Pitch f/x plot courtesy Brooks Baseball

40 comments :

UmpsRule said...

A pic from Royster's last ejection: http://reds.enquirer.com/2002/05/16/argue_zoom.jpg

Anonymous said...

not only was that the 6th ejection this season by valentine, but it sets a franchise record for most managerial ejections

UmpsRule said...

An interesting bit of trivia: Eddings, as we know, was the man to most recently eject Royster. Curiously, prior to that game, in which he ejected three people, Eddings' previous toss had been of...Bobby Valentine.

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/E/Peddid901.htm

Anonymous said...

How would he know the strike zone with the first pitch he swung at.

Russ said...

Speaking of Eddings, he made two terrible calls on the same play Yesterday. It was a game between the awful Cubs and the even worse Astros. Runner at first who was stealing second base and the Cubs threw a pitchout as the throw went to second Maxwell got in a rundown. As he was going towards second he veered out of the baseline and made contact with Starlin Castro. Should have been either interference or out of the baseline. But that is not the end of it, the ball deflected off of Maxwell's back right to Darwin Barney who looked like he tagged Maxwell out in time but was called safe. Sveum argued for awhile but was very calm and did not get ejected. However what got me was that Eddings did not go ask for help. He was on the infield grass and in no position to see very much of this play at all.

I have been watching baseball and following Umpires for awhile and Eddings will always do this. He refuses to ask for help and refuses to have the opportunity to be overruled in any capacity whatsoever. We saw it a few years ago where he made an incorrect call on a homerun and the Manager, either Manny Acta or Ron Washington wanted the crew to take a look. Well Eddings refused and replays showed that the call was not just missed but horribly missed. I don't care about missed calls and I don't need Umpires to get together on every single call, but when you are blocked out sometimes you have to swallow your pride and talk to the crew. Eddings has always been arrogant and still refuses to admit his blown call in the 2005 ALCS. As many people know he has not worked a playoff series since then, one of the longest droughts in the league, only Fletcher and Schreiber are longer. His strikezone used to be terrible and way way too big but that aspect of things has improved. He also has a much longer fuse than he used to have. I don't know what has kept him out of the Playoffs for so long, but I think it is his continued arrogance on calls like the one above and not just a bad strikezone.

This rant has nothing to do with the above call, but Eddings last ejected Royster which made me remember his call from Yesterday. No video of that play unforunately. I don't hate Eddings and think he has improved over the last few years and would love to see him in the Playoffs soon, but everytime I am high on him and think he is getting closer to a playoff assignment he will have something like this happen. And I'm not saying just because he missed a call three times on the same play that he will miss the playoffs, but it was painful to watch. Oh, and Bob Brenly's announcing was dreadful. He came to the conclusion there will be many missed calls during the playoffs.

Anonymous said...

Well, at least the Red Sox are leading the leage in something...

Russ said...

I just thought of one exception to Eddings not asking for help and that was when Joe Maddon ejected all four Umpires after being ejected by Demuth who overruled Eddings incorrect call.

Anonymous said...

I wish I could have Fonzie's demeanor on the field. That guy is one cool customer.

Eric said...

Anon 9:29 totally agree. It was amazing how Ross and Valentine absolutely lose their shit and he just stands there with no reaction at all. I was actually laughing watching the Ross ejection at how he was reacting (or not)

Cricket said...

No, idiotic color commentator, that pitch was not "in the same spot." Look at your stupid little on-screen graphic.

As 9:29 said, the Fonz looks awesome here.

Anonymous said...

Marquez is just plain awesome. Notice how Ross says "You can't [something something]!" and Fonzie says "why not?"...my favorite umpire.

Anonymous said...

Did bobby valentine say god dang? Lol

Anonymous said...

Marquez and Jim Wolf are my two favorites. They are about as calm as you can be on the field, no matter how much the sh*t hits the fan. Ross losing it and Marquez just staring at him is great.

Why doesn't Bobby V. stay out there and get tossed? He had to retreat to the dugout and then snipe from in there.

-Zac

Anonymous said...

Alfonso Marquez, arguably baseball's worst umpire.

Russ said...

I also love Marquez's demeanor during this argument. Not a word. This make me wonder even more what John Farrell said to him last year. That was the first time I had ever seen Marquez raise his voice let alone yell right in the face of a player or Coach. That was my favorite ejection last year though.

Russ said...

Yeah 10:04, an Umpire who has worked 2 world series and was hired before he was 30 years old is baseball's worst Umpire. Who are you? Jon Rauch.

Anonymous said...

Two of the worst ball-strike umpires in baseball, Marquez and Fairchild are on this crew.

DD4D said...

"Anon 9:29 totally agree. It was amazing how Ross and Valentine absolutely lose their shit and he just stands there with no reaction at all. I was actually laughing watching the Ross ejection at how he was reacting (or not) "

Yeah, he was like that last year when he tossed Farrell and Rauch. And Rauch (6"6"? 6"7"?) is huge - and was extremely belligerent.

I liked the strike 3 call as a Yankee fan, and don't think the two pitches that are attempted to be shown in the video (at least when I was watching tonite) were identical, but they were close. Like we tell the kids, SWING IF IT IS CLOSE and don't let the umpire have to make the call!

Anonymous said...

Considering this crew umpired the previous Red Sox-Yankee series and had problems with Bobby Valentine, they should have not gotten the next Yankee-Sox series again. This is especially the case since there are more umpiring crews with the merger of the two leagues umpiring crews.

Anonymous said...

Valentine should have done what Phil Garner did many years ago when ejected by Jerry Layne, dig a hole five inches off home plate.

Russ said...

Why shouldn't this crew get this series. They are professionals, they don't hold grudges. They going to have to work the Red Sox at some point anyways and it just so happened they were assigned this series. Not a big deal.

Anonymous said...

The NBA has a rule about how many games a referee can officiate with respect to one team. Considering there are 17 crews, I am sure it is possible not to have one crew do two consecutive Red Sox-Yankees series. Ken Kaiser once called into a Yankee game to say the schedules are given from April to August and the crew chief chooses which schedule to work based on seniority with the most senior crew chief choosing first and so on. The same is done for August and September. Considering how pressure packed the Sox - Yankee series though, care should be taken not to have the same crew do two consecutive Sox - Yankee series, especially after what happened the last series. If I know that, MLB should as well, maybe that is too much to ask for.

Anonymous said...

I don't care but I love seeing Bobby V. getting tossed for any reason.

Anonymous said...

And to Russ as for as the Eddings call in the Astros game, I think he got it right for the wrong reason. To me the 2nd baseman obstructed the runner. The throw from 1st hit the baserunner in the back and then he ran into the 2nd baseman, who was not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball since the baserunner was hit by the throw.
This should be one of those plays, if the video is available, for one of the discussions on this site.

Anonymous said...

I want to correct myself, this crew didn't do the last Sox - Yankees series, but the series before that. That being said, the same crew shouldn't do two out of three Yankee - Sox series.

Russ said...
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Russ said...

I just don't see what is the big deal with Hallion's crew working two Yankees-Red Sox series. It happens all the time throughout the MLB where a crew will work the same series twice. Last year Mike Winter's crew worked two Yankees-Red Sox games and no one made a fuss. Dale Scott's crew is currently working Dodgers-D'Backs for the the second time this season. I could go on and on but it is just not something that is a big deal.

anon 11:22, you may be right but I still say Eddings could not see the play very well from where he was at and should have definitely gone for a discussion. If they keep the call than so be it, but why does Eddings continuously refuse to go for help? I could name many instances where he does this. Also, was Eddings in correct position and it was just a bad break or should he have been somewhere else?

Anonymous said...

As a previous commenter said, at least Boston is leading MLB in something and at least Bobby Valentine is setting managerial records in something while he still can...

Ray said...

@DD4D 6"6, 6"7? Try 6"11.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:04....idiot

Anonymous said...

"Alfonso Marquez, arguably baseball's worst umpire."

Anonymous @ 10:04, not arguably the dumbest poster on this site.

-Zac

Anonymous said...

Doug Eddings is a great umpire....baseball just won't let him work the playoffs anymore....

Anonymous said...

Did anybody notice how far Valentine let it go before he wandered out of the dugout?

I feel bad for the guy because he's been poisened by his own team since before day 1. Anybody else, in any other job, partying in the break room during work would be fired. Period!

I didn't see any of the players getting in trouble last year and the organization basically made Francona the scapegoat.

This year, the players basically said this is our clubhouse and Valentine is an outsider. Kinda had this we've won two titles recently and we are king attitude that little boys take on quite frequently.

Flash forward a miserable season, and there's a whole bunch of talk about Valentine needing to go and him having given up. I'm not saying that talk is wrong; but the problem is clearly much bigger and involves many more egos than that.

Oh, and I remember back when I was learning to hit...letting the bat stay on your shoulder's with two strikes in the bottom of the 8th in a close game is absurd. Swing the damn bat and you won't get caught looking.

Rum Jones said...

To the guys saying that Fonzie might be the worst umpire/worst balls strikes guy in the big leagues....GET A CLUE!!!!!!! I just pray that you guys are nothing more than red sox fan boys pondering what to do with your life now that your organization is about to implode. If that's not the case and you guys are umpires...might be time to take your gear to the local Play-It-Again-Sports store and call it a career.

Anonymous said...

I don't quite understand the comments about Marquez's composure- Did you see the ejection of Farrell last year? He was yelling at John Farrell, who rarely gets ejected, let alone Bobby Valentine.

Anonymous said...

"He was yelling at Farrell who, who rarely gets ejected, let alone Bobby Valentine"

What does that even mean?

Anonymous said...

It means that Farrell is better tempered he doesn't get ejected or mad as often as Valentine- must have been something that Farrell said to Marquez to set him off- I don't think there are any umps who have been calm in all career ejections.

DD4D said...

"Alfonso Marquez, arguably baseball's worst umpire."

Actually, I think he is one of the better ones.

Anonymous said...

There are 20 umpires hired prior to 2000 that have not worked a World Series and 10 of those have never worked a League Championship. So what's the problem with Marquez who has worked 2 of each.

Curt Crowley said...

Yeah that Fonzarelli has the patience of Job don't he?

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7932039

At least he didn't wag his silly finger at anyone this time.

See also: http://cascreamindude.livejournal.com/192975.html

I wouldnt say he is the worst umpire, but let's not nominate him for sainthood based on his level-head and calm demeanor just yet.

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