Saturday, November 9, 2013

2013 Ejections of the Year: Jerry Layne & Joe West

2013 UEFL Awards: Ejections of the Year: Jerry Layne, Joe West ([Ejection 110], [Ejection 055])
Voting Results (min. 10%): Layne-110 15%, West-055 12%, Fagan-057|058 11%, DeMuth 101 10%.

Ejection 110 (Layne) and Ejection 055 (West) are the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's ejections of the year.

Ejection 110: Jerry Layne (1; Mike Scioscia); On July 30, 1B Umpire Jerry Layne ejected Mike Scioscia over a safe call at first base. Replays conclusively indicated Layne's call was correct and Scioscia was ejected in short order after running out to argue the play, presumably after uttering the "magic words." UEFL'ers enjoyed Layne's post-ejection "silent treatment" of Scioscia, allowing the Angels manager to continue venting while stoically listening to his concerns without saying a word reminiscent of Layne's actions last season in San Francisco (Ejection 118: Jerry Layne [1; Bruce Bochy]): "Best ejection of the year so far. That was hilarious" and the philosophical observation, "silence can't be misquoted."

Ejection 055: Joe West (2; Dale Sveum); On June 1, HP Umpire Joe West ejected Dale Sveum over a safe call by 1B Umpire Toby Basner. Replays conclusively indicated Basner's call was incorrect, but as Sveum prolonged his argument with the AAA call-up umpire, West arrived to escort Sveum back to the dugout and away from the young umpire. As Sveum's ire turned to the crew chief West, Joe ejected the Cubs skipper. Though the call preceding ejection was erroneous, UEFL'ers praised West's handling of the situation, noting, "That's the cowboy taking care of business. Great crew chief," and "The respect I already had for Joe has just increased ten-fold. If I'm a rookie out there, he is the crew chief I would want to have my back."

Jerry Layne now has 14 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (13 Previous + 1 Award = 14).
Joe West now has 11 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (10 Previous + 1 Award = 11).

The final postseason award, Umpire of the Year, will be released late tonight.

3 comments :

Gil Imber said...

What I want ti know is how did anyone vote for anything BUT the "silence is golden" ejection by Layne?!?

Gil Imber said...

Because a "true" umpire understands that the crew lives and dies as a crew. A crew chief looks after his crew.

Gil Imber said...

Because it wasn't even Jerry's best ejection of the year. The Mark Parent ejection at the plate meeting was the #1 ejection to me. I did vote based on personal entertainment value, and while this type of ejection happens at lower level professional ball and in double headers of non-professional ball you don't often get the "pre-game" ejection at the highest level. It takes a special kind of idiot to get tossed while exchanging pieces of paper that were already exchanged 1-2 hours before.

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