Wednesday, September 25, 2013

MLB Ejections 177, 178, 179: Eddings, Nauert (3, 4; 3)

1B Umpire Doug Eddings ejected Braves C Gerald Laird and 1B Freddie Freeman and HP Umpire Paul Nauert ejected Brewers CF Carlos Gomez for fighting (Unsportsmanlike-NEC) in the top of the 1st inning of
A massive fight in Atlanta after 1st inning HR.
the Brewers-Braves game. With one out and none on, Gomez hit a 0-1 changeup from Braves pitcher Paul Maholm to left center field for a solo home run. Replays indicate after hitting the ball and while rounding the bases, Gomez became engaged in unsporting behavior with members of the Braves, including Freeman and bench player Laird, resulting in a bench clearing incident, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Brewers were leading, 1-0. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 4-0.

These are Doug Eddings (88)'s third and fourth ejections of 2013.
This is Paul Nauert (39)'s third ejection of 2013.
Doug Eddings now has 12 points in the UEFL (8 Previous + 2*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call] = 12).
Paul Nauert now has 10 points in the UEFL (8 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 10).
Crew Chief Dana DeMuth now has 14 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (11 Previous + 3 Irrecusable = 14).

These are the 177th, 178th and 179th ejections of the 2013 MLB season.
These are the 80th, 81st and 82nd player ejections of 2013.
Prior to ejection, only Gomez registered a plate appearance and was 1-1 with a HR.
This the Braves' 12/13th ejection of 2013, 1st in the NL East (ATL 13; WAS 9; NYM 6; PHI 4; MIA 2).
This is the Brewers' 4th ejection of 2013, 4th in the NL Central (PIT 9; CHC 7; STL 6; MIL 4; CIN 0).
This is Gerald Laird's 2nd ejection of 2013 and first since July 5 (Angel Hernandez; QOC = Correct).
This is Freddie Freeman's 1st ejection of 2013, first since Oct 2, 2012 (Jeff Nelson; QOC = Incorrect).
This is Carlos Gomez's 1st ejection of 2013, first since Aug 11, 2012 (Gary Darling; QOC = Correct).
This is Doug Eddings' first ejection since August 15, 2013 (Bob Melvin; QOC = Correct).
This is Paul Nauert's first ejection since August 24, 2013 (Justin Upton; QOC = Correct).

19 comments :

Gil Imber said...

I know that umpires aren't really supposed to get in to it when there is a fight, but I think Nauert could have tried to move McCann off the line and told him to shut up. It's McCann's actions that exasperated the conflict and I have to think that if Nauert had taken McCann out of the way, this wouldn't have happened... But I guess he would have been beaned his next at bat and probably would have charged the pitcher so my point is moot. Just my thoughts...

Gil Imber said...

Yeah, for McCann to be standing in the baseline, yelling at Gomez, I can't believe he didn't get tossed.

Gil Imber said...

Anyone want to take bets on the MLB's response? The current most likely outcome from the league is considered to be "pretty please don't do it again". The odds for an actual meaningful disciplinary action is 3720:1. The odds that baseball players will act like mature adults is currently 9001:1.

Gil Imber said...

Aren't you tired yet? You constantly bash players, managers and announcers....and yet take huge exceptions to anyone that dare question an umpire. I guess every message board has one, and you are ours!

Gil Imber said...

Sorry - message was supposed to be a response to Bapacop - no issues at all with your post!

Gil Imber said...

Aren't you tired yet? You constantly bash players, managers and announcers....and yet take huge exceptions to anyone that dare question an umpire. I guess every message board has one, and you are ours!

Gil Imber said...

What's the rule on why the run counts? Gomez never touched the plate and you could argue he could have gotten around McCann, but decided to engage him instead.

Gil Imber said...

Agreed. You have to at least TRY to get to the plate. Otherwise it's abandonment.

Gil Imber said...

MLB does not want an 80 man battle royal.... Thought I saw reed Johnson throw a punch... How McCann wasn't shown the door as well is mind blowing.

Gil Imber said...

According to the rules, the opposing team mush appeal. It's not up to the umpires to call it, they just watch and wait for an appeal.

Gil Imber said...

Not just tossed, but how couldn't Nauert do anything preemptive? Before

Gil Imber said...

This could fall under two rules.


7.08(a)(2): "Any runner is out when after touching first base he leaves the base path, obviously abandoning his effort to touch the next base."


7.08(k): "Any runner is out when in running or sliding for home base, he fails to touch home base and makes no attempt to return to the base, when a fielder holds the ball [...] and appeals to the umpire for his decision."


I think that since Gomez was never that close to the base 7.08(k) doesn't apply here and 7.08(a)(2) does. It's not a "he came close but stepped over it" situation, he was never even close to touching it.

Gil Imber said...

lol good point. My first thought was obstruction. I think everyone just said f**k it.

Gil Imber said...

Probably.

Gil Imber said...

If the league wants these fights to stop they need to actually make it a bad thing. If the league instituted a mandatory suspension for everyone leaving their position to engage in a fight then fights would rarely ever happen. Instead they give everyone involved a slap on the wrist and ask them not to do it again. I can't look at the league's response to any of these incidents and believe they want to stop fights.

Gil Imber said...

McCann didn't start it, he finished it. Gomez started the whole thing when he came to plate. He took a huge swing on the first pitch, then proceeded to walk around the plate while staring and jawing at Maholm. According to reports, the big baby was pissed because Maholm hit him in the knee back in June. I don't blame McCann at all for taking issue with Gomez making an ass of himself. I'll agree that he probably should've been ejected but he didn't throw any punches either. I understand Freeman and Laird did, and Gomez should've been gone for starting the whole thing. The only player that should've been ejected that wasn't was Reed Johnson. He landed the first hay-maker.

Gil Imber said...

According to the Braves beat writer, the umpires did indeed rule obstruction, and awarded the run based on that.

Gil Imber said...

Gomez would have been awarded home on obstruction anyway. There is a comment under the obstruction rule that says the catcher is not allowed to block the plate if he doesn't have the ball. As for having to touch it, I would cite the comment (arcane, but still there) relating to walk-off home runs that says the umpire can declare the game ended if fans rush the field and prevent the batter from making it all the way around. I vote correct call.

Gil Imber said...

Ditto with Doug. McCann can not legally impede Gomez from touching home (even if Gomez being the newly minted award for Douche Of The Month). Thusly the home run counts. I beliebe the rule is 7.06b. But I could be wrong.

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