Saturday, July 7, 2012

Ejections 084, 085: Sam Holbrook (3, 4)

1B Umpire Sam Holbrook ejected Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke and Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke for arguing a safe call in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Brewers-Astros game. With one on and none out, Astros batter Jose Altuve hit a 1-1 slider from Greinke to Brewers first baseman Corey Hart (who threw to Greinke covering first) for an infield single. Replays indicate that Greinke's foot did not touch first base prior to Altuve's foot touching first base, the call was correct. At the time of the ejections, the Astros were leading, 1-0. The Astros ultimately won the contest, 6-3.

These are Sam Holbrook (34)'s third and fourth ejection of 2012.
Sam Holbrook now has 16 points in the UEFL (8 Previous + 2 MLB + 2*[2 Correct Call] = 16).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 4 points in the Crew Division (2 Previous + 2*[1 Correct Call] = 4).
*After review, Quality of Correctness has been affirmed by the UEFL Appeals Board (4-0-1).
*Historical Appeals Board decisions may be consulted via the UEFL Portal.*

UEFL Standings Update

These are the 84th and 85th ejections of 2012.
This is the 33rd player ejection of 2012.
This is the 43rd Manager ejection of 2012.
Greinke's final line was 0.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H
This is Zack Greinke's first ejection since September 24, 2009 (Greg Gibson; QOC = Incorrect).
This is Ron Roenicke's first ejection since June 20, 2011 (Bob Davidson; QOC = Incorrect).
These are the Brewers' second and third ejections of 2012.

Wrap: Brewers at Astros 7/7/12
Video: Greinke spikes ball after close play at first; Holbrook quickly shows Greinke and Roenicke the door
Video: Holbrook ejects Brewers duo, Roenicke and HP Umpire Joe West jaw as manager exits field

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ejection 083: Brian Knight (2)

1B Umpire Brian Knight ejected Padres Manager Bud Black for arguing an out call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Reds-Padres game. With one out and one on, Padres batter Cameron Maybin hit a 1-2 slider from Reds pitcher Mat Latos to second baseman Brandon Phillips, who threw to first baseman Joey Votto as Maybin attempted a head-first slide into first base. Replays indicate Maybin's hand touched first base prior to Votto's catch, the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Reds were leading, 1-0. The Padres ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is Brian Knight (91)'s second ejection of 2012.
Brian Knight now has 2 points in the UEFL (4 Previous + 2 MLB + -4 Incorrect Call = 2).
Crew Chief Mike Winters now has 3 points in the Crew Division (3 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 3).
Maybin appears to have been safe

This is the 83rd ejection of 2012.
This is the 42nd Manager ejection of 2012.
This is Bud Black's first ejection since April 24 (Lance Barrett; Correct).
This is Brian Knight's first ejection since May 8 (Jim Leyland; Correct).
The Padres are second in the NL West with 3 ejections (LAD 7; COL, SF 1; AZ 0). 

Rules 2.00 & 5.09(b)(f): Umpire Interference

Interference: Though MLB rules specify that an umpire is routinely considered part of the playing field insofar as the ball generally remains alive and in play after a player or fair ball contacts an umpire, umpire interference provides an exception to this general practice.

Jack be limber, Jack be quick. Jack jump over the candle stick; yet, when Ump Jack isn't quick enough, the following rules are in place to address what happens next.

Umpire Interference (1): At the plate
Rule 2.00 INTERFERENCE (c) specifies when umpire interference may be called:
(1) when a plate umpire hinders, impedes or prevents a catcher’s throw attempting to prevent a stolen base or retire a runner on a pick-off play, or (2) when a fair ball touches an umpire on fair territory before passing a fielder
Rule 5.09(b) further specifies the case of umpire interference at home plate between umpire and catcher:
The plate umpire interferes with the catcher’s throw attempting to prevent a stolen base or retire a runner on a pick-off play; runners may not advance. NOTE: The interference shall be disregarded if the catcher’s throw retires the runner.
Meanwhile, Rule 5.09(f) specifies when umpire interference occurs, as it relates to a batted ball:
A fair ball touches a runner or an umpire on fair territory before it touches an infielder including the pitcher, or touches an umpire before it has passed an infielder other than the pitcher; runners advance, if forced. Rule 5.09(f) Comment: If a fair ball touches an umpire working in the infield after it has bounded past, or over, the pitcher, it is a dead ball. If a batted ball is deflected by a fielder in fair territory and hits a runner or an umpire while still in flight and then caught by an infielder it shall not be a catch, but the ball shall remain in play.
Read on for some examples of umpire interference, including video footage:

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Roster: 2012 All-Star Game Umpires Announced

MLB has announced the umpires for the 2012 All-Star Game to be held on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. They will include:

After a two-year absence,
Jim Joyce is back to working
special baseball events.
HP: Gerry Davis -cc: Working his fourth All-Star Game (1989, 97, 2002), Davis will serve as crew chief for just the second time. Having worked 10 Division Series, eight League Championship Series and four World Series, Davis' 106 career postseason assignments are third most all-time and most among all active umpires.
1B: Jim Joyce: This is Joyce's third Midsummer Classic (1994, 2001). Joyce has worked eight Division Series, four League Championship Series and two World Series, missing the 2011 postseason due to injury. This marks Joyce's first special event since the 2009 NLDS; the last time Joyce worked an All-Star Game, he was assigned to that season's World Series (2001).
2B: Brian Runge: This is the first All-Star Game for Brian Runge. Since joining the Majors in 1999, he has worked three Division Series (2004, 07, 08). Runge recently became the 10th umpire in MLB history to call balls and strikes for multiple no-hitters in a single season.
3B: Tony Randazzo: 2012 is Randazzo's second All-Star Game (2001). He has worked four Division Series and the 2010 ALCS.
LF: Lance Barksdale: This is the first Midsummer Classic for Lance Barksdale and first special event assignment since joining the full-time MLB staff in July 2006.
RF: Brian Knight: Promoted to the MLB staff in 2011, this is the first special event assignment for Brian Knight, who umpired his first Major League contest on May 7, 2001, as a Triple-A call-up umpire.

News: Umpires, official scorers appointed for the 2012 Midsummer Classic

Monday, July 2, 2012

Ejection 082: Derryl Cousins (2)

HP Umpire Derryl Cousins ejected Miami Marlins catcher John Buck for arguing a swinging strike three call in the top of the 6th inning of the Marlins-Brewers game. With two out and one on, Marlins batter John Buck attempted to check his swing on a 3-2 slider from Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke, but was ruled to have swung by Cousins. Replays indicate that Buck successfully checked his swing, the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Marlins were leading, 5-3. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 6-5.

This is Derryl Cousins' (13) second ejection of 2012.
Derryl Cousins now has 2 points in the UEFL (4 Previous + 2 MLB + -4 Incorrect Call = 2).
Crew Chief Derryl Cousins now has 1 point in the Crew Division (1 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 1).
*After review, Quality of Correctness has been affirmed by the UEFL Appeals Board (3-2).
*Historical Appeals Board decisions may be consulted via the UEFL Portal.*

UEFL Standings Update

This is the 82nd ejection of 2012.
This is the 32nd player ejection of 2012.
This is John Buck's first ejection of 2012.
This is John Buck's first ejection since July 4, 2011 (Kerwin Danley; QOC = Incorrect).
This is Derryl Cousins' first ejection since May 11 (Steve Smith; QOC = Correct).
The Marlins are fourth in the NL East with two ejections (NYM=4, ATL=3, PHI=3, WAS=0). 

Wrap: Marlins at Brewers 7/2/12
Video: Cousins rules strike three on a swing by Buck; Buck goes ballistic, gets ejected

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Ejection 081: James Hoye (2)

HP Umpire James Hoye ejected Angels Manager Mike Scioscia for arguing a safe call in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Angels-Blue Jays game. With none out and three on, Blue Jays batter Jose Bautista reached on a force attempt, fielding error by Angels second baseman Howard Kendrick. Blue Jays R3 Omar Vizquel scored. R2 Brett Lawrie scored. R1 Colby Rasmus to 3rd. Jose Bautista to 2nd. Replays indicate that as Lawrie went into the plate he collided with Angels catcher John Hester. Lawrie collided into Hester's forearm at the plate, but while in continued contact, Hester contacted Lawrie's shoulder with his bottom portion and base of the glove with the ball inside prior to Lawrie touching home plate (Hoye signaled safe, and then safe again when Lawrie retouched home plate prior to once again being tagged by Hester), the call was incorrect. After review, QOC has been reversed. The call is now correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Angels were leading, 3-2. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 10-6.

This is James Hoye (92)'s second ejection of 2012.
James Hoye now has 6 points in the UEFL (2 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 6).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has 2 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (1 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 2).
*After review, Quality of Correctness has been reversed by the UEFL Appeals Board (4-2).
*Historical Appeals Board decisions may be consulted via the UEFL Portal.*

UEFL Standings Update

This is the 81st ejection of 2012.
This is the 41st Manager ejection of 2012.
This is Mike Scioscia's third ejection of 2012.
This is Mike Scioscia's first ejection since June 24 (Dan Iassogna; QOC = Correct).
This is James Hoye's first ejection since  May 19 (Bob Melvin; QOC = Irrecusable).
This is the Angels' third ejection of 2012, tied for second in the AL West (OAK 4; TEX 3; SEA 0).

Wrap: Angels at Blue Jays 7/1/12 (Canada Day)
Video: Error leads to collision at the plate between Lawrie, Hester; Scioscia tossed by Hoye
Video: Angels broadcasters determine Hoye has had "atrocious afternoon" after close call at plate
Related: Changed strike three call by Eric Cooper negates double play, results in Bobby Cox's ejection (2009)

UEFL Umpires' Standings Update: End of June 2012

The UEFL Presents: An Umpires' standings update at the conclusion of play on June 30, 2012. Featured are key ejections from the first three months of the 2012 MLB season.

Umpires: Most Ejections
1) Gary Darling - 5 Ejections: April 14 [CLE M Manny Acta, P Jeanmar Gomez, 3B Jack Hannahan], May 15 [NYM P D.J. Carrasco], May 18 [BOS M Bobby Valentine].
2) Marty Foster - 4 Ejections: May 4 [CHC M Dale Sveum], May 18 [CHC M Dale Sveum], May 26 [TOR P Henderson Alvarez], June 24 [PIT M Clint Hurdle].
3) Dan Bellino - 3 Ejections: April 29 [TEX Ron Washington], May 17 [BOS SS Mike Aviles], June 26 [MIA M Ozzie Guillen].
3) Tim Tschida - 3 Ejections: May 22 [HOU 3B Chris Johnson], May 28 [DET 3BC Gene Lamont], June 19 [TB P Joel Peralta].
3) Greg Gibson - 3 Ejections: April 17 [MIN CF Denard Span, M Ron Gardenhire], June 10 [COL M Jim Tracy].
3) Dan Iassogna - 3 Ejections: June 14 [KC RF Jeff Francoeur, M Ned Yost], June 24 [LAA M Mike Scioscia].
3) Bob Davidson - 3 Ejections: May 15 [PHI M Charlie Manuel], June 2 [NYY BC Long, M Joe Girardi].
3) Alan Porter - 3 Ejections: May 25 [MIN SS Jamey Carroll, M Gardenhire], June 10 [BOS M Valentine].
3) Angel Campos - 3 Ejections: April 22 [BAL M Buck Showalter], May 2 [PIT C Rod Barajas, M Hurdle].

Though Gary Darling leads MLB
Umpires with 5 ejections, several
others, including Mark Carlson,
 lead QOC with 100% accuracy.
Umpires: UEFL Points
1) Gary Darling - 12
2) Mark Carlson, Sam Holbrook, Tim McClelland, Marty Foster, Doug Eddings, Angel Campos - 8

Umpires: Accuracy (As determined by Quality of Correctness)
1) Mark Carlson - 100%, 2/2; May 13 [LAD RF Andre Ethier, M Mattingly].
1) Sam Holbrook - 100%, 2/2; May 1 [TOR SS Omar Vizquel], May 9 [LAA M Scioscia].
1) Tim McClelland - 100%, 2/2; June 2 [TEX C Yorvit Torrealba], June 9 [OAK M Bob Melvin].
1) Doug Eddings - 100%, 2/2: May 29 [BAL C Matt Wieters], June 8 [BOS 3B Kevin Youkilis].
5) Gary Darling, Tony Randazzo, Derryl Cousins, Joe West, Larry Vanover, Gary Cederstrom, Marvin Hudson, Todd Tichenor - 100%, 1/1.
14) Jim Joyce, Brian Knight - 100%, 0.5/0.5 [Crewmate].