Sunday, May 12, 2013

MLB Ejection 032: John Tumpane (1; Kurt Suzuki)

HP Umpire John Tumpane ejected Nationals C Kurt Suzuki for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Cubs-Nationals game. With one out and none on, Suzuki took a 2-2 fastball from Cubs pitcher Kevin Gregg for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located thigh high and off the outer edge of home plate (px 1.121), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Cubs were leading, 2-1. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is John Tumpane (74)'s first ejection of 2013.
John Tumpane now has -2 points in the UEFL (0 Previous + 3 AAA - 1 Penalty - 4 Incorrect Call = -2).
Crew Chief Angel Hernandez now has 0 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (0 + 0 = 0).

This is the 32nd ejection of 2013.
This is the 15th player ejection of 2013.
Prior to his ejection, Suzuki was 1-4 in the contest.
This is the Nationals' 2nd ejection of 2013, 1st in the NL East (WAS 2; ATL, PHI 1; MIA, NYM 0).
This is Kurt Suzuki's first career ejection.
This is John Tumpane's first ejection since March 25 (Jeff Francoeur; QOC = N).

19 comments :

Gil Imber said...

A lot of folks on here seem to think Tumpane is a real up and comer, and maybe he is, but his strike zone today was atrociously inaccurate and atrociously inconsistent according to pitchfx. Suzuki had the privilege of witnessing it up close and finally lost it when he got rung up.

Gil Imber said...

Rough inning for the Nats here, those one run games just magnify strike zone calls

Gil Imber said...

Tumpane's plot.

http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/comboplot.php?img1=..%2FpfxVB%2Fcache%2Ffastmap.php-pitchSel%3Dall%26game%3Dgid_2013_05_12_chnmlb_wasmlb_1%26sp_type%3D2%26s_type%3D7.gif&img2=..%2FpfxVB%2Fcache%2Ffastmap.php-pitchSel%3Dall%26game%3Dgid_2013_05_12_chnmlb_wasmlb_1%26sp_type%3D3%26s_type%3D7.gif

Gil Imber said...

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=27065133&topic_id=&c_id=mlb&tcid=vpp_copy_27065133&v=3

Gil Imber said...

Suzuki was probably still pissed that he threw the game away in the top of the 9th. So the strikeout just allowed him to turn that around onto Tumpane.

Gil Imber said...

Total: 101 Balls / 51 Called Strikes
Errors: 0 Balls / 11 Called Strikes

Accuracy: 92.8%

Gil Imber said...

If I am reading the brooks chart right, looks like he was big on the outside but consistent, with more strikes called against the Cubs. Video looks like a nice cutter that ran back over the corner.
Don't know why Suziki is complaining, or why the Nats announcers were crying.
Big zone, but both ways.

Gil Imber said...

From an umpire stand point. Better to error and call strikes then error and call balls.

Gil Imber said...

I wouldn't call 92.8% 'atrocious' in any sense of the word. His zone was a little large but nothing to cry over. Less whining and more swinging the bat!

Gil Imber said...

Thanks Gil, I would say this is a very good zone for Tumpane. He clearly just calls a lot of strikes. You would see a similar plot from someone like Ted Barrett, Wally Bell or Bill Miller who are 3 Umpires that call a lot of strikes but they are all considered to be 3 of the better Umpires in the MLB. The fact that Tumpane had 11 misses and all of them were strikes is outstanding news if you are a Tumpane fan because it shows a high level of consistency. A lot of Call-ups main problems is that you will see one of these plots and they will miss 7 balls and 9 strikes which not only is a worse percentage but will make the hitters and pitchers angry because it is inconsitent so while Tupmpane may have pissed off Kurt Suzuki and Ian Desmond early in the game (he argued vociferously but was not tossed), he called a large but very consistent zone. Keep up the good work John!

PS- I see Bob Carpenter is still a moron. I would love to see these idiot announcers spend one day calling balls and strikes behind the plate in an MLB game and see their accuracy. It would not be pretty.

Gil Imber said...

While I think KS is correct here and this is a bit outside, letting a pitch that close be decided by the umpire in the 9th inning with your team down a run is not very scrupulous....

Gil Imber said...

True, but at least he was CONSISTENT! That is better than most. Even if the pitch was a bit outside, how can you let one that close go by you in a 2-1 game (in the 9th)???

Gil Imber said...

The other thing is Suzuki was catching those wide strikes all day, so he HAD to know to be ready to swing if it was close. Even though this was an incorrect call, I have a hard time getting too upset with Tumpane.

Gil Imber said...

The strike zone was large but it was consistent with a pitcher's umpire who will give more leeway on the corners and the numbers back that up

Gil Imber said...

Mark Wegner is wearing #14 this season, I believe. Not related to this, but some housekeeping.

Gil Imber said...

How does calling a lot of pitches way outside count as consistency if the charts suggest that there were almost as many balls called in the same location? I get that this is more or less an ump's site, but some folks on here seem to be as big apologists for the umps as they accuse other commenters and local announcers of being for various players/teams.

Gil Imber said...

If you umpire baseball, which most of us do, then you'd know that there is no thing as an "umpire apologist" or an "umpire hater". There is bias, certainly, but that term "apologist" has to be the most impetuously-derived terms I have heard. It's like Bobby Knight and his impression of "game face". What the hell is it? Anyway, humans are making the calls on some very tough pitches to call. 100% accuracy is not possible. The calls we should be riding these guys hard about are the ones MLB has responded to - the missed HR that cost a team the game or the inability to be demonstrative with clear rule knowledge (egregious pitching change error). Balls and strikes are tough to criticize other than Joe Nathan's infamous strike 3 weeks ago...=-) "Strike 3? Really? Wow!"

Gil Imber said...

Something's going on with HP umpire Culbreth in the Pirates/Brewers game. It appears he took a foul ball of his left shoulder. After about a rather long delay Welke is now behind the plate.

Gil Imber said...

DJ Reyburn just tossed Bob Melvin for arguing an out call at first.

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