Sunday, April 13, 2014

MLB Replay & Ejection: Bob Davidson (5, 1; John Farrell)

1B Umpire Bob Davidson ejected Red Sox Manager John Farrell for arguing a Replay Review decision in which Instant Replay Review overturned Davidson's out call in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Red Sox-Yankees game. With one out and two on, Yankees batter Francisco Cervelli hit a 0-0 fastball from Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront on the ground to third baseman Ryan Roberts, who threw to second baseman Jonathan Herrera, to first baseman Mike Napoli as Cervelli arrived at first base, Yankees baserunner R1 Kelly Johnson out at second as R3 Brian McCann attempted to score from third base. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, Davidson's ruling that Napoli caught the ball and tagged first base prior to Cervelli's touch arrival was reversed, the call was incorrect. Pursuant to UEFL Rule 6-2-b-7, the Quality of Correctness component for Davidson's ejection of Farrell, which occurred after the announced Replay Review decision of overturn (safe), is "correct," as the call after challenge/review (safe) was correct. At the time of the review, the Yankees were leading, 2-1. At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 3-1. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Bob Davidson (61)'s fifth Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB season.
This is Bob Davidson (61)'s first ejection of 2014.
Bob Davidson is now 3/5 (.600 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Bob Davidson now has 5 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 5).
Crew Chief Brian O'Nora's crew is now 1/2 (.500 Affirmation) in Replay Reviews in 2014.

This is the 84th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 5th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Yankees Manager Joe Girardi is now 2/5 (.400 Success) in Instant Replay Reviews in 2014.
This is the Red Sox's 1st ejection of 2014, 1st in the AL East (BOS 1; BAL, NYY, TB, TOR 0).
Umpires are now 56/84 (.667 Affirmation Rate) in Instant Replay Reviews in 2014.
This is John Farrell's first ejection since July 29, 2013 (Jerry Meals; QOC = N).
This is Bob Davidson's first ejection since August 17, 2013 (Jim Leyland; QOC = N).

Wrap: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees, 4/13/14
Video: Girardi successfully challenges the out at first, leading to Farrell's ejection for arguing it (ESPN)
Video: Despite Davidson's warning not to argue the replay decision, Farrell rants and is tossed (ESPN)

18 comments :

Gil Imber said...

You wanted it, you got it. Instant replay.

Gil Imber said...

And just like that we're up to five ejections. Looks like Farrell was crying about yesterday's missed replay that MLB says they missed. Good to see that even with instant replay, managers aren't above arguing with what essentially is a robot umpire.

Gil Imber said...

Looks like Farrell's lips read that Davidson can take instant replay and "stick it up your ass." Haha what a publicity stunt of a tantrum. Wait for the big ESPN Sunday night baseball game and get thrown out for arguing a replay that goes against you knowing full well there's absolutely no way that is ever getting un overturned. Similar to what happened the last time Boston played Sunday night with Brian O'Nora behind the plate: drill Alex Rodriguez, playing while he appeals the ped suspension, not on Friday, not Saturday, but Sunday night, in front of the ESPN national audience.

Gil Imber said...

Yeah Balkin' Bob!!

Gil Imber said...

I freaking love this. Bob got the call wrong, then thanks to replay over in Chelsea marketplace, Bob got the call right. John, knowing that the call is now right and it's completely out of Davidson's hands, starts to argue. Bob warns Farrell not to dispute the replay to which Farrell replies you can take the replay and shove it up your ass, drawing an automatic ejection. How hilariously absurd.

Gil Imber said...

Clearly all done for the national spotlight care of espns cameras and wholly to humiliate MLB. Absolutely a premeditated and deliberate act, just like as you said the Ryan dempster hit by pitch of A-Rod.

Gil Imber said...

Textbook. Davidson makes the safe call, Farrell comes out to argue and bob says you can't argue replay, don't argue replay. Farrell clearly continues to argue replay so bob ejects him and immediately walks away before Farrell runs around to cut him off. Slam dunk situation handling.

Gil Imber said...

I can't wait to hear how Farrell justifies arguing this during the post-game press conference.

Gil Imber said...

Not really because you have humans interpreting the replays. We truly won't have robot umpires until: 1) all the bases and the plate are equipped with sensors, 2) the hands and feet of players are equipped with sensors, 3) the gloves and mitts are equipped with sensors, 4) the ball is equipped with sensors, 5) the bat is equipped with sensors, 6) the entire playing area is outfitted with implanted sensors, and 7) someone discovers a way to accurately determine the strike zone.

Gil Imber said...

8) All surfaces surrounding the field are equipped with sensors to determine ball out-of-play.

9) A sensor net surrounding the field to determine fair/foul in flight.
10) Mind-reading technology is developed to determine intent.

Gil Imber said...

John Kruk got it right: "This is some strange stuff here." Chaos in the Bronx. Thank you, instant replay!

Gil Imber said...

Considering Davidson's history with his temper, he handled this ejection perfectly. Farrell telling Davidson to take replay and shove it would have a lead to the volcanic eruption of Davidson in the past. He has calmed down tremendously since joining John Hirschbeck's crew. With his leadership on this call, even though Brian O'Nora is the acting crew chief, Bob Davidson deserves some consideration for a crew chief position in the near future. Great job, Balkin' Bob!

Gil Imber said...

CCS, I can see Brian O'Nora's strike zone plot for the game.
Plus they used to with replay, few years ago they would go in the tunnel and check inside now umpire have to listen in a loud stadium, looking at the Vid why do you think O'Nora called Davidson back to help him interpret what the other replay officials are saying from replay command center.

Gil Imber said...

Seriously they're not that bad. A few glaring misses, but all in all pretty average for a plate umpire. I think O'Nora called Davidson back so he could finish telling the PA announcer what the decision was and because he wanted Davidson to signal the safe call himself.

http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/fastmap.php-pitchSel=all&game=gid_2014_04_13_bosmlb_nyamlb_1&sp_type=2&s_type=7&cache=1.gif

http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/fastmap.php-pitchSel=all&game=gid_2014_04_13_bosmlb_nyamlb_1&sp_type=3&s_type=7&cache=1.gif

Gil Imber said...

Here's Farrell's take: "It's unfortunate," Farrell said of the events of Saturday. "At field level, you've got two points -- one, which our replay was conclusive that he was off the bag, and the other point is a safe call. In between, there's a lot of questions that come up, and it really challenges the validity of the process that's being used."

Gil Imber said...

Looks like John Farrell just wanted to rant and yell, not really argue anything legitimate per se.

Gil Imber said...

If this call was properly overturned, what is the explanation from a rules perspective -- not just that a different set of eyes saw it differently -- between this play and the challenge the Nationals lost on Saturday night?

Gil Imber said...

And then teach the robot what a force play is, when it is a force play, what if they tag them on a force play, did they catch it, did it simply touch the glove, was their a voluntary release (now they need sensors in the human hand...lol). BRING ON THE ROBOTS!!!

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