Friday, April 25, 2014

MLB Replay Review & Ejection: Meals, Baker (04, 1)

Instant Replay Review upheld 1B Umpire Jerry Meals' foul ball call in the top of the 5th and HP Umpire Jordan Baker ejected Astros Manager Bo Porter for arguing warnings (a non-ejection) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Athletics-Astros game. In the 5th, with none out and one on, Athletics batter Brandon Moss hit a 2-2 slider from Astros pitcher Brad Peacock on a line drive to right field and near the foul line, where it bounced before landing in the right field stands. Upon Instant Replay Review as the result of a challenge by A's Manager Bob Melvin, Meals' ruling that the ball landed in foul territory down the right field line was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 5-5.

In the 9th, with one out and none on, Astros batter Jason Castro took a 0-1 fastball from A's pitcher Fernando Abad for a hit-by-pitch, resulting in the issuance of warnings to both teams by Baker and argument from the Houston Astros (Related: Ejection 018, Toby Basner of Astros P Paul Clemens, 4/24/14). Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and thigh high, the call was irrecsuable. At the time of the ejection, the A's were leading, 12-5. The A's ultimately won the contest, 12-5.

This is Jerry Meals (41)'s fourth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Jordan Baker (71)'s first ejection of 2014.
Jerry Meals is now 3/4 (.750 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Jordan Baker now has 4 points in the UEFL (2 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable = 4).
Crew Chief Jerry Meals' crew is now 5/8 (.625 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Jerry Meals now has 4 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 Irrecusable = 4).

This is the 157th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 19th ejection of 2014.
This is the 5th Manager ejection of 2014.
Athletics Manager Bob Melvin is now 3/13 (.231 Success) in Replay Reviews in 2014.
Umpires are now 92/157 (.586 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.
This is Bo Porter's first ejection since September 8, 2013 (Hunter Wendelstedt; QOC = Y).This is Jordan Baker's first ejection since June 12, 2013 (Billy Butler; QOC = U).

Wrap: Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros, 4/25/14
Video: Play stands; Fifth inning liner in outfield stays as a foul ball after replay review (OAK)
Video: Upset that Baker didn't toss Abad for retaliation, Porter himself falls victim to the hook (HOU)

28 comments :

Gil Imber said...

Way too much discussion about placement of baserunners if this is a fair ball considering that it jumped into the stands for a would-be double.

Gil Imber said...

Would like to do an over/under on Balkin' Bob's turn over rate for the season ! 😜
Does MLB do sobriety tests before the game ?

Gil Imber said...

What exactly does Kemp expect to accomplish here?

Gil Imber said...

Shouldn't the question be what is Angel trying to prove here?

That pitch wasn't even close....

Gil Imber said...

Nope, I can see no reason to ask such a loaded question.

Gil Imber said...

Yep, that should be the question...

Gil Imber said...

Because you are a homer...

Gil Imber said...

No, not quite. I'm just a triple.

Gil Imber said...

All right, you've piqued my curiosity. What exactly makes you think this was anything more than a simple missed call?

Gil Imber said...

Because at any point if he thinks that pitch is a strike, he should be in the show...only logical explanation is that he has a rub with the Dodgers - similar to the playoffs last year.

I'm sure you could look up the plots from the prior two batters that struck out - wonder if there was some hangover from questionable calls.

Of course you are too busy to see this as a possibility

Gil Imber said...

* - should NOT be in the show...typo!

Gil Imber said...

So all you have is an assumption backed up by exactly zero pieces of evidence?

Gil Imber said...

How many umpires does it take to get a replay review correct?

We still don't know!

Gil Imber said...

About the same as the number of commenters it takes to be on-topic, I think.

Gil Imber said...

Pretty on topic when discussing Angel!

Gil Imber said...

We have a winner!

Gil Imber said...

You'd have a point if you weren't the one who took us off-topic in the first place. I was talking about Kemp. You could have added a new comment of your own but instead felt that derailing mine was the best idea.

yawetag said...

Silly announcers. Not knowing that the ball bouncing into the stands would have been a 2-base TOP award if the foul call was overturned.

Gil Imber said...

No one derailed anything, they are all responses to you wagging your finger at the wrong person

Gil Imber said...

I wagged no fingers. I asked a question and have yet to receive an answer.

Gil Imber said...

It's either one or the other...he either had a vendetta or actually thought that was a strike - which do you think it was?

Gil Imber said...

Considering the complete lack of evidence for the former and the latter being both the simplest solution and the most likely out of the two options, I'd have to say he simply missed the call.

Gil Imber said...

Hey Tyler when do expect to get the call to the show?

Gil Imber said...

So you mean to tell me you think he is that bad? A pitch from a left handed pitcher that is outside to a right handed hitter that never even passed through the strike zone....is called a strike. A high school umpire would get this one right.

And here is the answer to your question. Kemp knows that Hernandez is supposedly a good umpire that should not miss a call that bad...so he lets him know the call was bad and that he knows Hernandez more than likely blew it on purpose (like the instant replay call last year). If it takes him getting tossed to make his point that him and the dodgers aren't going to take it from him anymore, than so be it.

Gil Imber said...

Don't presume you can find hidden meanings in what I say. I said "he missed the call" and I meant "he missed the call". You can't act like no umpire has ever made a call that bad before. Umpires are people and people make mistakes. Sometimes they're ridiculously bad mistakes but they're still mistakes. You have brought forth no evidence that suggests this or any other situation had any level of malicious intent whatsoever so I suggest that you lay off the conspiracy theories until you have something with which to back up your position.


Regarding ability: I haven't seen the PitchFX numbers themselves and only the graphical maps so I know I'm not able to take into account the system inaccuracy on borderline pitches but I put the numbers for Hernandez's strike zone together anyway. You can double-check them if you'd like as I've only given them a quick glance, but it appears Hernandez missed twelve pitches during the course of the game; six in favor of the Dodgers and six in favor of the Rockies, which of course means neither team was being favored in terms of the overall strike zone. His accuracy was 91% which isn't good (I seem to recall MLB wants 92%+) but isn't awful, though he was quite inconsistent.


In summary: An isolated call is not indicative of an umpire's ability. There is no evidence to support malicious intent. Hernandez's strike zone accuracy was below average and fairly inconsistent for this game but overall favored neither team.

Gil Imber said...

BAPACOP is the biggest homer on this site. Shut up! No one wants to hear your shit. Whiney asshole.

Gil Imber said...

Same time you do. Go back to little league.

Gil Imber said...

Boom Roasted

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