Sunday, March 30, 2014

Discussions: Opening Night 2014 (Dodgers vs. Padres)

Your Opening Night umpires for Dodgers-Padres: HP: Fieldin Culbreth (crew chief). 1B: Manny Gonzalez. 2B: Jim Reynolds. 3B: Sean Barber (filling in for Brian Knight). The UEFL opens the floor for Opening Night discussion. Notes include home plate umpire performance according to pitch f/x and UEFL Rules 6-2-b-a (horizontal bound, "Kulpa Rule") and 6-2-b-b (vertical strike zone, "Miller Rule"). Plays include significant plays, if such plays occur.

- 3/30/14, LAD@SD, NL West: HP Umpire Fieldin Culbreth: pfx (83/88 Balls + 46/55 Strikes = 129/143 = 90.2%).

Close or Notable Plays
- Cashner's throw beats AJ Ellis to third base on a bunt by Ryu in the fifth (3B Umpire Barber)
- Dodgers complete the 3-6-3 double play on backend grab by Adrian Gonzalez (1B Umpire Gonzalez)

20 comments :

Gil Imber said...

It's their theme for the year. Now that instant replay has been expanded - and just wait for the first call of the year that isn't overturned when the talking heads think it should be - it's going to be Puig is out of control and must be stopped. Similar to stories about Bryce Harper in his rookie/sophomore year.

Gil Imber said...

Looks like both Reynolds and Knight are either injured or on vacation. Pretty crazy to see a crew with 1 guy who was an MLB umpire before last year on it. DJ Reyburn and Sean Barber are listed on Gameday as the other two umpires.

Gil Imber said...

Good little feature with Country Joe about the new instant replay system in New York. Though I have to question the "this is the best thing to happen to umpires" conclusion. Unless of course he means the hiring spree and rotating to a cushy room for a series.

Gil Imber said...

Make it or break it time for DJ & Sean Barber!

Gil Imber said...

Play ball!

Gil Imber said...

Jim Reynolds is there, it appears DJ Reyburn is the one that is not.

Gil Imber said...

Puig robbed of a brilliant assist from right field... By his own teammate. Instant replay will not fix that. Trim those sideburns, Mattingly!

Gil Imber said...

Oh great. We now are getting the ESPN strike zone box overlay that shakes whoever the camera moves around.

Gil Imber said...

Mlb stringers must still be in Spring training mode.

Gil Imber said...

And Cubby has his first Rockette kick of the regular season.

Gil Imber said...

Fantastic mechanic perfectly captured in that photo above. Btw that UEFL umpires graphic should absolutely be used in major league stadiums for the umpire lineup cards on the jumbotrons.

Gil Imber said...

I know - I've been yelling at Cubby to pull the trigger on a few of these close pitches because I love watching him punch out batters.

Gil Imber said...

Why is Petco Park full of Dodger fans? Oh because it's the padres.

Gil Imber said...

Its the reason I dont like watching tpgames on ESPN any more.

Gil Imber said...

Manny G getting some close calls at first base, all correct.

Gil Imber said...

Still doesn't beat the good ole' Dutch Rennert! LOL

Gil Imber said...

It still continues to baffle me that MLB umpires get considerable vacation time during the course of a championship season.

Gil Imber said...

It's not that BK is on vacation, he's on Gerry Davis crew which is short handed in its own right due to injuries and Quinn wolcott being one of the full time aaa guys mlb didn't want to hire with the two crew expansion for instant replay.

Gil Imber said...

"I'll get...the luggage..."

Gil Imber said...

LOL Culbreth's leg guards look just like those crazy knee contraptions from Manos. MST3K reference FTW.


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