Friday, September 26, 2014

MLB Ejection 199: Jeff Nelson (7; Rick Renteria)

2B Umpire Jeff Nelson ejected Cubs Manager Rick Renteria for arguing a balk ("Time" no-call) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Cubs-Brewers game. With one out and one on, Brewers batter Carlos Gomez hit a 1-1 fastball from Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop on the ground to third baseman Luis Valbuena for an infield single. Replays indicate that prior to Strop's release of the ball, 1B Umpire Scott Barry called a balk on Strop, which in turn led to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's failure to cover first base; Because U2 Segura advanced to third base and B1 Gomez reached first base, play proceeded without reference to the balk, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Cubs were leading, 6-3. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 6-4.

This is Jeff Nelson (45)'s seventh ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Jeff Nelson now has 20 points in the UEFL Standings (16 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 20).
Crew Chief Jeff Nelson now has 10 points in Crew Division (9 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 10).
*Rule 8.05 PENALTY states that if a balk is committed, "The ball is dead, and each runner shall advance one base without liability to be put out, unless the batter reaches first on a hit, an error, a base on balls, a hit batter, or otherwise, and all other runners advance at least one base, in which case the play proceeds without reference to the balk." In other words, the ball is dead unless R1/2/3 and B1 all advance at least one base. Because R2 and B1 advanced a base, the ball was not dead.

This is the 199th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 90th Manager ejection of 2014.
This is the Cubs' 9th ejection of 2014, 1st in the NL Central (CHC 9; MIL, PIT 8; STL 7; CIN 5).
This is Rick Renteria's first ejection since July 9, 2014 (Andy Fletcher; QOC = Y [Fair/Foul]).
This is Jeff Nelson's first ejection since Sept 23, 2014 (Yoenis Cespedes; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 9/26/14
Video: Ricky is tossed arguing that a balk kills play; Nelson' explanation doesn't fly with the skip (CHC)


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