Saturday, June 1, 2013

MLB Ejection 051: Hunter Wendelstedt (2; Jason Hammel)

HP Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ejected Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel for throwing at Tigers batter Matt Tuiasosopo in the top of the 4th inning of the Tigers-Orioles game. With none out and none on, Tigers batter Victor Martinez hit a home run off Hammel, followed consecutively with home runs by Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila resulting in back-to-back-to-back home runs. Replays indicate the fourth batter of the inning,
Wieters and Hammel argue Hunter's ejection.
Tuiasosopo, was hit with a first-pitch inside slider, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Tigers were leading, 4-1. The Tigers ultimately won the contest, 10-3.

This is Hunter Wendelstedt (21)'s first ejection of 2013.
Hunter Wendelstedt now has 6 points in the UEFL (4 + 2 + 0 = 6).
Crew Chief Jerry Layne now has 2 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (1 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 2).

This is the 51st ejection of 2013.
This is the 24th player ejection of 2013. Prior to his ejection, Hammel's line read 3.0 IP, 5 ER, 3 HR.
This the Orioles' 1st ejection of 2013, T-3rd in the AL East (TOR 5; TB 4; BAL, NYY 1; BOS 0).
This is Jason Hammel's first career ejection.
This is Hunter Wendelstedt's first ejection since May 16 (Eric Wedge; QOC = Y).

Wrap: Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles, 6/1/13
Video: After 3 straight HRs, Hammel hits MT and is immediately tossed, leading to Showalter's argument (BAL)

11 comments :

Gil Imber said...

My initial thought was it wasn't intentional, but you really don't have a choice as an umpire. Three straight home runs followed by a hit batter on the next pitch will almost always equal an ejection.

Gil Imber said...

This is an easy ejection for Hunter. After 3 homers a pitch at a guy's head? Gotta toss him.

Gil Imber said...

Don't think that it's intentional, but NOTE TO EVERYONE: This play cannot be reviewed/and or challenged. So, don't waste your time.

Gil Imber said...

Back to back to back homers and the very next pitch is thrown at someone's head?! AUTOMATIC EJECTION!

Gil Imber said...

Good grief- Today's Ejections

Hunter Wendelstedt- Jason Hammel

Todd Tichenor- Lance Berkman

Brian Knight- Don Mattingly

Larry Vanover- Freddi Gonzalez

Joe West- Dale Sveum

Gil Imber said...

Well -- I love the West ejection. AAA Umpire Toby Basner blew two calls in consecutive innings and Cowboy Joe takes care of business. That's a crew chief.

Gil Imber said...

Pitchers (and managers) are getting smarter..... We have seen quite a few sliders thrown at batters over the past couple of seasons that were 100% intentional.... This gives the pitcher an out... "it was a slider"... Well officiated by Hunter in what is a very tough spot

Gil Imber said...

I understand why Wendelstedt tossed him given the circumstances. Was it intentional? I don't know. You could look at it either way. Most guys aren't gonna drill someone with a slider. But then again most guys don't give up 3 HR's in a row, either.


On a side note, I guess MLB doesn't have any weight/health requirements for their umpires like the NFL does for its refs? With all due respect to Jerry Layne, he looks very unhealthy.

Gil Imber said...

I don't quite understand how anyone can vote this is an "incorrect call". A guy gives up 3 home runs consecutively and the next guy on the first pitch gets plunked in the head. I don't know if it's intentional or not, no one but the pitcher does, but as the umpire, that's a call you have to make.

Gil Imber said...

This one can be argued either way, but unfortunately for Hammel the decision is HWs, not his!

Gil Imber said...

Just because the pitch was a slider doesn't mean it wasn't on purpose .

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