Tuesday, May 7, 2013

MLB Ejections 028, 029: Marty Foster (1, 2; Maddon, Enc)

HP Umpire Marty Foster ejected Rays Manager Joe Maddon for arguing an out call in the bottom of the 2nd inning and Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion for arguing a strike call in the top of the 9th inning of the Blue Jays-Rays game. In the 2nd, with none out and two on, Rays batter Jose Molina bunted a 0-1
Maddon in disbelief over Foster's call.
curveball from Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who threw home to catcher J.P. Arencibia as baserunner R3 Sean Rodriguez attempted to score. Replays indicate Rodriguez successfully avoided Arencibia's tag and touched the point of home plate, the call was incorrect. In the 9th, with two out and two on, Encarnacion swung and missed a 1-2 splitter from Rays pitcher Brandon Gomes for a third strike. Replays indicate the called strike two pitch was located navel high and off the inner edge of home plate (px -1.110), the call was incorrect. At the time of the Maddon ejection, the Blue Jays were leading, 1-0. At the time of the Encarnacion ejection, the Blue Jays were leading, 6-4. The Blue Jays ultimately won the contest, 6-4.

These are Marty Foster (60)'s first and second ejections of 2013.
Marty Foster now has -4 points in the UEFL (0 Previous + 2*[2 MLB + -4 Incorrect Call] = -4).
Crew Chief Tim Welke now has 0 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (0 + 2*[0 Incorrect Call] = 0).

These are the 28th and 29th ejections of 2013.
This is the 12th Manager ejection of 2013.
This is the 14th player ejection of 2013.
Prior to his ejection, Encarnacion was 1-4 in the contest.
This is the Rays' 3rd/Jays' 4th ejection of 2013, 2nd/1st in the AL East (TOR 4; TB 3; BAL, BOS, NYY 0).
This is Joe Maddon's first ejection since April 17 (Brian Knight; QOC = Y).
This is Edwin Encarnacion's first ejection since July 1, 2008 (Chad Fairchild; QOC = N/A).
This is Marty Foster's first ejection since Feb 28 (Chris Stewart; QOC = N).

Wrap: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 5/7/13
Video: Maddon is ejected arguing Foster's out call at the dish (TB)
Video: Jays cut down Tampa Bay's would-be first run of the game (TOR)

35 comments :

Gil Imber said...

Thats 2 horrible calls by marty foster in 1 month that involves the rays. Wasn't he also voted by this site, worst umpire of 2012?

Gil Imber said...

He was voted worst Umpire by this site in 2008 and 2012.

Gil Imber said...

thanks

Gil Imber said...

What makes this particularly egregious is that Marty had plenty of time to get where he wanted to be and focus in on the play. To wit, he knew what was coming, looked right at it, and biffed it big time. Thank goodness this didn't involve the White Sox, or Hawk Harrelson would still be raving like a loon.

And before I get jumped on for being an "umpire hater," I'm actually pretty impressed with how he handled Joe. He didn't run him until he was forced to. That said, TB had a right to be upset. Marty straight-up kicked this one.

Gil Imber said...

I think that I am in the minority here. But, I have watched this several times, and I think Foster actually got the call correct. You see R1's hand bounce. I'm not convinced that it ever touched home plate. So, challenge, or whatever you say, I guess.

Gil Imber said...

Almost looks like Foster is defeated. Can't read lips too well, but almost looked like he said that he missed it. ... Would have loved for Foster to been more authoritative here. I think he missed the call, but he could have sold this with greater enthusiasm [i.e., C.B. Bucknor earlier this season].

Gil Imber said...

If this was involved with white sox lets just say hawk would go crazy to the point where people in the stands are wondering "what was that rumbling noise"

Gil Imber said...

take a look at rodriguez's batting glove. http://gyazo.com/a950003cd1f2d443c9f2ce2a278d6f06

Gil Imber said...

Hey, look, a challenge! Good thing, too, because we just don't see enough of those around here.

Gil Imber said...

Foster just ejected Edwin Encarnacion in the top of the 9th. Edwin argued a called 2nd strike. His at bat ended in a strikeout and he whipped his bat and helmet and got tossed

Gil Imber said...

Foster just ejected Edwin Encarnacion

Gil Imber said...

The 2nd called strike looked inside and high on the pitchtrack they use on the Blue Jays telecast. I would suspect Foster was wrong on this pitch as well which really ticked Encarnacion off.

Gil Imber said...

Reading his lips, Maddon said to Foster: why did you throw me out? and Foster says to him with his defeated look "I didn't want to do that." I agree with the previous poster, Foster missed the call but handled this situation way better than almost every other ejection he has ever had. Him and Maddon were both surprisingly calm.

Gil Imber said...

and he's the leading candidate for 2013!

Gil Imber said...

Wow Ump N Doc.... you think this was a basic call? Silence can't be quoted! We can all agree it was missed but it was anything but a straightforward play.

Gil Imber said...

He touched the plate.

Gil Imber said...

We've handled them before and we will handle them again.

Gil Imber said...

I have to confess that I don't know what "basic" means. I just said that, based on the situation, he knew what was coming and had time to get the look he wanted. It wasn't the product of bizarre rotation or awkward timing. It was a flat-out miss. I'm not even saying it was an "easy" call, but I am saying that he had a chance to do everything possible to give himself the best chance of getting it right, and he got it wrong. It's not outlandish; it's just a missed call, but it's missed entirely because of the umpire's mistake and not because of unfortunate circumstances (such as rotation or mis-communication error).

Gil Imber said...

Doesn't provide the context that I'm interested in. I think the glove slid over home plate, not on it. All I see is a tip of a batting glove that may or may not have touched home plate.

Gil Imber said...

You are in the minority here, I'm guessing -- a minority of one most likely.

Gil Imber said...

Foster is in bad position here. If he is on 3B-LE, he gets a clear view of the missed tag AND the hand touching the plate. Normally plays on the right side of the infield/outfield become swipe tag plays such as this one, so it is interesting that Foster did not get into the right position.

Gil Imber said...

This ruling has been challenged and is under further review by the UEFL Appeals Board.

Gil Imber said...

Foster....Australian for beer, American for poor umpire,

Gil Imber said...

it's not the 'Rays" 3/4th ejection of 2013- EE is a BJ.

Gil Imber said...

Good one!

Gil Imber said...

I think you make some great points, however, I'm not so sure he really had enough time to get in position. Don't forget, this was a safety squeeze play which usually results in the a play @ 1st base on the B/R - now on R3 at the plate. The play happens faster than you think and if he had more time...like on a throw from the outfield, he probably would have set up 3BLX. I the whole play surprised him and he did the best he could focusing most on the missed tag and missed that the runner's finger tip skimmed the very corner of the plate. Not defending Foster here, just explaining how the call may have happened from his viewpoint. I've been there before so I have some sympathy for him on this :(

Gil Imber said...

Is there still a rule about the number of true strikes in an at bat? He wouldn't have walked if the pitch hadn't been missed, and he still would have had two strikes at the time of his striking out.

Gil Imber said...

No longer. 6-2-b-3 deals with a called ball four in an at-bat that has lasted just four pitches while 6-2-b-4 is a called third strike in an at-bat that lasted just three. I believe the rationale for the change dealt with the "realistically resulted in a different outcome" theory.

Gil Imber said...

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=26936477&c_id=tor
Encarnacion Ejection

Gil Imber said...

and it looks like he is going for the tri-fecta!

Gil Imber said...

maddon just got ejected again

Gil Imber said...

bob melvin also got ejected

Gil Imber said...

Angel Hernandez and crew are going to take a lot of heat for this one.

Gil Imber said...

In re 028 Foster 1


After review, the Original Ruling has been affirmed in a unanimous 6-0-0 decision by the UEFL Appeals Board. Six Appeals Board members voted to confirm the Original Ruling.


Majority Opinion, Turducken:
Confirm. The hand touched the plate.



Concurring Opinion, yawetag:
Confirm. No question he touched the plate.



Concurring Opinion, BT_Blue:
Wow... I don't think we have had such an easy Confirm all season.



Concurring Opinion, Jeremy:
Rodriguez clearly touches home and was incorrectly ruled out. Without a doubt, I confirm the original QOC of incorrect.



Therefore, the Board affirms the Original Ruling.


Confirmed: Jeremy, tmac, RichMSN, BT_Blue, Turducken, yawetag
Upheld: -
Overturned: -
Deferred: -
Abstained: Gil (posted Original Ruling)

Gil Imber said...

I think he got the plate, but the Rays commentators are always complaining. "Pretty definitively" he barley got the back end.

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