Monday, June 3, 2013

MiLB AAA Recap: Late May, Early June & Ejection of Week

Since May 15, MiLB AAA has experienced the following ejections (with the argument or reason for ejection in parentheses), with a great deal of reporting from resident Triple-A scout Russ:

¤ 1B Umpire Kellen Levy ejected Salt Lake Bees Mgr Keith Johnson (foul-to-HBP), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Joel Hospodka ejected Nashville Sounds Pitching Coach Fred Dabney (balls/strikes), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Tripp Gibson ejected Iowa Cubs Manager Marty Pevey (called third strike), PCL.
¤ 1B Umpire Carlos Torres ejected Charlotte Knights Manager Joel Skinner (unsportsmanlike-NEC), IL.
¤ HP Umpire Ben May ejected Buffalo Bisons Manager Marty Brown (HBP/foul ball), IL.
¤ HP Umpire Mike Muchlinski ejected Albuquerque Isotopes RF Alex Castellanos (called third strike), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Will Little ejected PawSox P Pedro Beato & M Gary DiSarcina (throwing at), IL
¤ HP Umpire Will Little ejected Pawtucket Red Sox 1B Brandon Snyder (arguing previous ejection), IL.
¤ 1B Umpire Brad Myers ejected Gwinnett Braves 2B Tyler Patornicky (balls/strikes), IL.
¤ HP Umpire Jeff Gosney ejected PawSox P Allen Webster & M Gary DiSarcina (throwing at after warn), IL.
¤ HP Umpire Toby Basner ejected Indianapolis Indians LF Felix Pie (charged opp dugout with bat), IL.
¤ 1B Umpire Spencer Flynn ejected Tuscon Padres RF Daniel Robertson (appeal play out call), PCL.
¤ 3B Umpire Ben May ejected Columbus Clippers Manager Chris Tremie (check swing call), IL.
¤ 1B Umpire Max Guyll ejected Lehigh Valley IronPigs CF Jermaine Mitchell (out [slammed helmet]), IL.
¤ HP Umpire Tripp Gibson ejected Reno Aces M Brett Butler & CF Tony Campana (balls/strikes), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Tripp Gibson ejected Reno Aces H-Coach Greg Gross (appeal play safe call), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Scott Mahoney ejected Las Vegas 51s bench player Landon Powell (Unsportsmanlike), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Gerard Ascani ejected Memphis Redbirds LF Ryan Jackson (check swing K), IL.

* IL = International League / PCL = Pacific Coast League *

MiLB Ejection of Week (Umpire Kelvin Bultron / Buffalo Bisons Manager Marty Brown)

Bultron ejects Brown for arguing no-call.
3B Umpire Kelvin Bultron ejected Buffalo Bisons Manager Marty Brown for arguing an interference no-call in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the Bisons-Tides game. With one out and one on, Norfolk batter Xavier Avery grounded to second baseman Jim Negrych, resulting in a single. Replays indicate baserunner R1 Trayvon Robinson appeared to make contact with Negrych and, in doing so, interfered with Negrych's ability to field a batted ball, constituting interference pursuant to OBR Rule 7.09(j) ["he fails to avoid a fielder who is attempting to field a batted ball"]. At the time of the ejection, the contest was tied, 1-1. The Bisons ultimately won the contest, 7-4.

Wrap: Buffalo Bisons vs. Norfolk Tides (MiLB AAA International League), 6/2/13
Video: Ejected, Brown stages sit-in on the infield, throws equipment, helmet in protest


Gil Imber said...

Question for Gil on ball/strike ejections. Lets say there is a pitch 1 inch outside. Are you saying it is 1 inch outside from the pinpoint center of the baseball or 1 inch outside from the outer edge of the baseball? I hope that made sense. I don't like how foxtrax makes a pitch look like it is 6 inches outside and in reality it was probably only 1 or 2 inches outside.

Gil Imber said...

Pitch f/x references the center of the baseball. The working strike zone is 24-inches wide: A 17"-wide home plate, 3" to either side to account for the maximum diameter of a baseball (running total 17+3+3=23) and the SportsVision-cited 1/2" maximum margin of error, to either side, for Pitch f/x (23+.5+.5=24). Because Pitch f/x measures the center of the baseball, that diameter is halved to a radius on either side, creating a 1.7027-foot wide strike zone, or 0.8513 feet to either side (px and pz are reported in feet). If a pitch is reported one inch outside of that 0.8513-foot zone to the left or right (one inch = 0.0833 feet), that indicates the center of the baseball is at least one inch outside of the zone's limits.

In other words, if the center is one inch outside of the zone's center limits as referenced above, the edge of the baseball is likewise one inch outside of the actual strike zone. Basically, the Kulpa Rule accounts for the center of the baseball measurement by expanding the strike zone one radius of a baseball to either side of home plate, plus the margin of error.

Gil Imber said...

We all miss em every now and again but obv this is textbook INT

Gil Imber said...

So basically if the center of the baseball is 1 inch outside the outer edge of the baseball is still going across the plate making the pitch a strike?

Gil Imber said...

"Time" "Time" "That's Interference" "You're Out and "You're Out"

This one should not have been missed.

Gil Imber said...

HP Umpire Dan Iassogna just ejected PIT C Russell Martin and Manager Clint Hurdle in the Pirates/Braves game for arguing a called ball in the 4th inning. That pitch may be a strike (all I have to go on is the TV zone) but it's been a ball all game so far. The Pirates feed is good for a laugh, they accused Iassogna of missing the call on purpose and then throwing Martin out to cover for it.

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