Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MLB Ejection 016: Mike DiMuro (1; John Gibbons)

HP Umpire Mike DiMuro ejected Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 9th inning of the Blue Jays-Orioles game. With two out and none on, Blue Jays batter Brett Lawrie took a
Toronto's broadcast Pitch f/x indicates K #6 is outside.
2-2 slider from Orioles pitcher Troy Patton for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and thigh high (px="1.149" pz="1.929"), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the contest was tied, 5-5. The Blue Jays ultimately won the contest, 6-5.

This is Mike DiMuro (16)'s 1st ejection of 2013.
Mike DiMuro now has -2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 + 2 MLB + -2 Incorrect Call = -2).
Crew Chief Ted Barrett now has 0 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (0 + 0 Incorrect Call = 0).

This is the 16th ejection of the 2013 MLB season.
This is the 6th Manager ejection of 2013.
This is the Blue Jays' 1st ejection of 2013, T-11st in the AL East (TB, TOR 1; BAL, BOS, NYY 0).
This is John Gibbons' first ejection since June 15, 2008 (Adrian Johnson; QOC = N/A).
This is Gary Darling's 1st ejection since June 26, 2012 (Jack Hannahan; QOC = U).

Wrap: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles, 4/24/13
Video: Gibbons thrown out for arguing a strike three call to end the Blue Jays' chances in regulation (TOR)

Pitch f/x graph courtesy Brooks Baseball

12 comments :

Gil Imber said...

This site is so wrong on so many levels

Gil Imber said...

So outside... But seriously huge props to Lawrie really controls himself calmly walks away and let's his skipper do the dirty work

Gil Imber said...

That ejection sure pumped them up.

Gil Imber said...

I call that a strike every game all day long.

Gil Imber said...

Are the Pitchf/x displays you guys usually use for ejection writeups the same data as the television pitch trackers? As a Blue Jays fan, I know the Sportsnet pitch tracker is almost always wrong, so I'd like to see the actual Pitchf/x data on that pitch rather than just the Sportsnet tracker.

That said, Mike DiMuro didn't seem to have a very good zone all game.

Gil Imber said...

Broadcast pitch trackers are incredibly inaccurate. They generally set each batter's strike zone in BP before the game, so any changes in his stance from BP to game time are not registered. Also, anything from a hot dog wrapper to a balloon drifting across the tracker's path can interfere and cause error. Not to mention it's put together by the same media organizations that hire the people we hear spew completely incorrect baseball information on a daily basis. I trust broadcast pitch trackers about as much as I trust Hawk Harrelson's rule interpretations.

Gil Imber said...

There are two types of overlays used on screen. The Sportvision PITCHf/x service and the on-screen overlay. As its name implies the PITCHf/x service is the same system installed in all 30 MLB stadiums that uses three tracking cameras and a central pitch tracking system. According to the company, PITCHf/x is accurate to within one-half of one inch (0.0417 ft). PITCHf/x is generally used by MLB GameDay/At Bat, ESPN (as K-Zone*), FOX (FOXTrax*) and TBS (Enhanced PITCHf/x*)

*Although some of major networks claim to employ the PITCHf/x service during their games, the service is not to be confused with an on-screen overlay wherein a strike zone is superimposed over home plate. The on-screen overlay is sometimes used to provide immediate results when the PITCHf/x service is not available or not synched to the broadcast. This "poor man's PITCH/fx" is generally unreliable as it is subject to a variety of changes, such as camera movement due to wind or, as Jeff alluded to, foreign objects crossing the tracker's path such as hot dog wrappers and other debris. Furthermore, the overlay is static and does not adjust to the changing height of a batter's strike zone.

The precise values for this pitch were px="1.149" pz="1.929". 1.149 is significantly greater than the maximum allowable "borderline" 0.935 and well outside the margin of error.

Gil Imber said...

My favorite part is when the commentator refers to Mike as "Lou Dimuro" by mistake. I wonder how cool that would be to be a part of one of these umpiring legacy families.

Gil Imber said...

Guys have "off" days, and this is one for DiMuro. It happens. I see this two ways. If you know the umpire has a wide zone (on a particular evening especially) and you don't make adjustments, don't be surprised when you're banged out on a close strike 3 call. By the same token, in a close game like this, especially in the fall, the umpires MUST get it right. Easier said than done. No one is 100% perfect. =-) As for announcers, does anyone really give any credence to their rants?

Gil Imber said...

It's buck martinez. he makes more mistakes than the amount of times hawk harrelson has ranted on umpires.

Gil Imber said...

Why worry where the pitch is look at Lawrie's feet.
Batter's that want to crowd the plate and then even lean over the plate,
1.) are trying to intimidate pitcher.
2.) are not trying to hit the pitch.
And should expect to get that pitch called a strike.
Far too many times already this season, the Jays players, have tried to be umpires.

Gil Imber said...

Horrible call.

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