Saturday, July 5, 2014

MLB Ejection 114: Marty Foster (2; Ron Gardenhire)

HP Umpire Marty Foster ejected Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire for arguing a balk call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Yankees-Twins game. With none out and one on, Yankees pitcher David Phelps unsuccessfully attempted to pick off Twins baserunner R1 Sam Fuld at first base, culminating in Twins Manager Gardenhire's request for a balk call. Replays indicate Phelps appeared to make a motion with his free foot naturally associated with his pitch prior to disengaging the pitcher's plate with his pivot foot, the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 0-0. The Twins ultimately won the contest, 2-1, in 11 innings.

This is Marty Foster (60)'s second ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Marty Foster now has -2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -2).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 6 points in Crew Division (6 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 6).
*Rule 8.05: "If there is a runner, or runners, it is a balk when...(a) The pitcher, while touching his plate, makes any motion naturally associated with his pitch and fails to make such delivery...(c) The pitcher, while touching his plate, fails to step directly toward a base before throwing to that base."
*MLBUM 53(g): "If a pitcher, while touching the pitcher's plate, jumps into the air with both feet simultaneously and his non-pivot foot lands in a step towards first base before he throws that that base, he has made a legal move."

This is the 114th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 49th Manager ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Twins' 3rd ejection of 2014, T-2nd in the AL Central (KC 5; CWS, MIN 3; DET 2; CLE 1).
This is Ron Gardenhire's first ejection since June 22, 2014 (DJ Reyburn; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Marty Foster's first ejection since May 9, 2014 (Jim Hickey; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins, 7/5/14
Video: After invitation, Foster takes bait and tosses Gardy for continued arguing of balk no-call (MIN)

MLB Replay Reviews 661-662: Iassogna, Scott (10, 09)

Instant Replay Review confirmed 2B Umpire Dan Iassogna's HR call in the top of the 4th and upheld 1B Umpire Dale Scott's out call in the top of the 5th inning of the Phillies-Pirates game. In the 4th, with none out and none on, Phillies batter Cody Asche hit a 1-2 changeup from Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez on a fly ball to deep right center field and near the top of the outfield wall. Upon Replay Review as the result of a request by Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle and initiation by Crew Chief Dale Scott, Iassogna's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Pirates were leading, 3-1.

In the 5th, with one out and none on, Phillies batter Jimmy Rollins hit a ground ball to Pirates first baseman Ike Davis, who threw to pitcher Volquez covering first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg, Scott's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Pirates were leading, 3-1. The Pirates ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Dan Iassogna (58)'s 10th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Dale Scott (5)'s ninth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Dale Scott's 33rd, 34th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 661st, 662nd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Pittsburgh Pirates' 26th and Philadelphia Phillies' 20th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 345/662 (.521 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7/5/14
Video: Play confirmed; Asche's drive to deep right-center falls near a group of outstretched gloves (PHI)
Video: Play stands; Volquez's foot touches first base for the out on upheld call in the 5th (PHI)

MLB Instant Replay Review 660: Bill Miller (08)

Instant Replay Review upheld HP Umpire Bill Miller's out call in the top of the 8th inning of the Blue Jays-Athletics game. With two out and one on, Blue Jays batter Jose Bautista hit a ground ball to Athletics left fielder Craig Gentry, who threw to shortstop Jed Lowrie to catcher Derek Norris as Blue Jays baserunner R1 Melky Cabrera slid into home plate. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons, Miller's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Athletics were leading, 3-1. The Athletics ultimately won the contest, 5-1.

This is Bill Miller (26)'s eighth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Bill Miller's 39th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 660th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Toronto Blue Jays' 33rd Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 343/660 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics, 7/5/14
Video: Play stands; Jays are denied a run on swipe tag on defiant and, later, despondent Cabrera (TOR)

MLB Instant Replay Review 659: Bob Davidson (15)

Instant Replay Review upheld 3B Umpire Bob Davidson's safe call in the top of the 10th inning of the Giants-Padres game. With none out and none on, Giants batter Buster Posey hit a line drive to Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin, who threw to second baseman Irving Falu as Posey slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Padres Manager Bud Black, Davidson's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Giants were leading, 5-3. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 5-3, in 10 innings.

This is Bob Davidson (61)'s 15th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Bob Davidson's 25th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 659th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the San Diego Padres' 17th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 342/659 (.519 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres, 7/5/14
Video: Play stands; Giants open the floodgates on the Friars in the 10th, Replay says okay (FOX)

MLB Instant Replay Review 658: Clint Fagan (12)

Instant Replay Review upheld HP Umpire Clint Fagan's Rule 7.13 violation no-call (out) in the top of the 4th inning of the Marlins-Cardinals game. With one out and two on, Marlins batter Andrew Heavney bunted a ground ball to Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller, who threw to catcher Yadier Molina as Marlins baserunner R3 Marcell Ozuna slid into home plate. Upon Replay Review as the result of a request by Marlins Manager Mike Redmond and initiation by Crew Chief Tim Welke, Fagan's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the game was tied, 1-1. The Marlins ultimately won the contest, 6-5.

This is Clint Fagan (82)'s 12th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Tim Welke's 40th (second to 40) supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 658th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Miami Marlins' 21st Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 341/658 (.518 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7/5/14
Video: Play stands; Shovel pass to Molina beats the 7.13 violation, whose no-call is correct (STL)

MLB Instant Replay Review 657: Jerry Layne (09)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Jerry Layne's out call in the top of the 2nd inning of the Orioles-Red Sox game. With none out and one on, Orioles baserunner R1 J.J. Hardy attempted to steal second base on a swinging strikeout by batter Manny Machado, Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski to second baseman Dustin Pedroia as Hardy slid into second base and HP Umpire Mike DiMuro called Machado for backswing interference. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Orioles Manager Buck Showalter, Layne's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect and DiMuro's interference call was enforced. At the time of the review, the game was tied, 0-0. The Orioles ultimately won the contest, 7-4.

This is Jerry Layne (24)'s ninth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jerry Layne's 40th (first to 40) supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.
*Rule 6.06(c) Comment: "If a batter strikes at a ball and misses and swings so hard he carries the bat all the way around and, in the umpire’s judgment, unintentionally hits the catcher or the ball in back of him on the back- swing, it shall be called a strike only (not interference). The ball will be dead, however, and no runner shall advance on the play."

This is the 657th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Baltimore Orioles' 19th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 340/657 (.518 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox (Doubleheader Game 2), 7/5/14
Video: Play overturned; Backswing interference comes into play, resulting in runner placement (FOX)

MLB Instant Replay Review 656: Toby Basner (06)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Toby Basner's out call in the top of the 1st inning of the Diamondbacks-Braves game. With one out and two on, Diamondbacks batter Aaron Hill hit a ground ball to Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who threw to second baseman Tommy La Stella to first baseman Freddie Freeman as Hill arrived at first base, Diamondbacks baserunner R2 Martin Prado out at second. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson, Basner's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Diamondbacks were leading, 2-0. The Braves ultimately won the contest, 10-4.

This is Toby Basner (99)'s sixth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jeff Nelson's 32nd supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 656th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Arizona Diamondbacks' 23rd Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 340/656 (.518 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves, 7/5/14
Video: Play overturned; D'Backs' successful challenge extends the inning as call is reversed (FOX)

MLB Instant Replay Review 655: Dana DeMuth (07)

Instant Replay Review overturned 3B Umpire Dana DeMuth's safe call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Mariners-Cubs game. With none out and one on, White Sox batter Alejandro De Aza hit a ground ball to Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, who threw to third base, capturing White Sox baserunner R2 Moises Sierra in a rundown, sliding into third base as third baseman Kyle Seager attempted to tag Sierra. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by White Sox Manager Robin Ventura, DeMuth's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the White Sox were leading, 1-0. the Mariners ultimately won the contest, 3-2, in 14 innings.

This is Dana DeMuth (32)'s seventh Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Dana DeMuth's 16th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 655th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Chicago White Sox's 17th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 340/655 (.519 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox, 7/5/14
Video: Play overturned; Mariners unable to get an out on scrambling play around the infield (CWS)

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Quinn Wolcott

Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Quinn Wolcott.
MLB Umpire Quinn Wolcott.
Name: Quinn Wolcott
Date of Birth: June 17, 1986
Place of Birth: Puyallup, Washington

MiLB Leagues Worked: Arizona, Northwest, Midwest, Carolina, California, Southern, Pacific Coast.
MLB Debut: 2013
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 81
Crew Chief: No

2016 Ejections: 3.
Ejection 111 (CIN M Bryan Price; QOC = N).
Ejection 105 (ARI M Chip Hale; QOC = Y).
Ejection 104 (SF M Bruce Bochy; QOC = U).

2015 Ejections: 3.
Ejection 170 (SEA M Lloyd McClendon; QOC = Y).
Ejection 162 (KC C Salvador Perez; QOC = Y).
Ejection 030 (OAK M Bob Melvin; QOC = Y).

2014 Ejections: 4.
Ejection 144 (TB M Joe Maddon; QOC = N).
Ejection 098 (OAK M Bob Melvin; QOC = U).
Ejection 073 (BOS C AJ Pierzynski; QOC = Y).
Ejection 069 (MIA BC Rob Leary; QOC = Y). [First Career Ejection]

2013 Ejections: None.
Ejection History: 0 (2013), 4 (2014), 3 (2015), 3 (2016).

UEFL History: Quinn Wolcott

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2013Q
All-Star Game: -
Wild Card Game: 2016
Division Series: -
Championship Series: -
World Series: -

Notes: Hired at age 28 to replace veteran Gary Darling, who had 28 years of service at retirement.
» Graduated from Emerald Ridge High School in 2005, where he played baseball.
» Began his umpiring career at the age of 16 by joining the Puyallup Valley Umpires Association.
» When hired out of Umpire School (JEAPU) in 2006, he became the youngest pro ump at the age of 19.
» Played the euphonium and is a former regional solo contest winner.

Friday, July 4, 2014

MLB Ejection 113: Greg Gibson (4; Joe Maddon)

2B Umpire Greg Gibson ejected Rays Manager Joe Maddon for arguing warnings issued by HP Umpire Quinn Wolcott in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Rays-Tigers game. With none out and none on, Tigers batter Ian Kinsler took a 0-0 knuckle curve for a hit-by-pitch. Replays indicate the HBP was located inside and shoulder high, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Rays were leading, 5-1. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 6-3.

This is Greg Gibson (53)'s fourth ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Greg Gibson now has 18 points in the UEFL Standings (16 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable = 18).
Crew Chief Greg Gibson now has 3 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 3).

This is the 113th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 48th Manager ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Rays' 6th ejection of 2014, T-2nd in the AL East (BOS 9; NYY, TB 6; TOR 4; BAL 2).
This is Joe Maddon's first ejection since May 2, 2014 (Brian O'Nora; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
This is Greg Gibson's first ejection since July 2, 2014 (John Gibbons; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).

Wrap: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers, 7/4/14
Video: Third hit batsman of the game results in warnings to prevent retaliation, Maddon kicked out (TB)

MLB Ejection & Replay: Carapazza, Miller (4, 07)

HP Umpire Vic Carapazza ejected Blue Jays Hitting Coach Kevin Seitzer for arguing a strike one call in the top of the 6th and Instant Replay Review confirmed 1B Umpire Bill Miller's out call in the top of the 8th inning of the Blue Jays-Athletics game. In the 6th, with one out and one on, Blue Jays batter Edwin Encarnacion took a 0-0 fastball from Athletics pitcher Tommy Milone for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located below the hollow of the knee and over the heart of home plate (px .314, pz 1.279 / sz_bot 1.56), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 0-0.

In the 8th, with one out and one on, Blue Jays batter Encarnacion hit a 1-1 slider from Athletics pitcher Luke Gregerson on the ground to third baseman Josh Donaldson, who threw to second baseman Nick Punto to first baseman Brandon Moss as Encarnacion arrived at first base, Blue Jays baserunner R1 Jose Bautista out at second. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons, Miller's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the game was tied, 0-0. The Athletics ultimately won the contest, 1-0, in 12 innings.

This is Vic Carapazza (19)'s fourth ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Bill Miller (26)'s seventh Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Bill Miller's 38th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 112th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 654th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Blue Jays' 4th ejection of 2014, 4th in the AL East (BOS 9; NYY 6; TB 5; TOR 4; BAL 2).
This is Kevin Seitzer's first ejection since August 9, 1992 (Rich Garcia; QOC = U [Safe/Out]).
This is Vic Carapazza's first ejection since June 21, 2014 (Michael Choice; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is the Toronto Blue Jays' 32nd Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 340/654 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics, 7/4/14
Video: Play confirmed; A's complete the athletic double play on reviewed back-end call at 1st (TOR)
Video: After a low strike call, Seitzer barks from the dugout, Vic warns and dismissal results (TOR)

MLB Replay Reviews 652-653: Tim Timmons (12-13)

Instant Replay Review confirmed 2B Umpire Tim Timmons' HR no-call (live ball; in play) in the bottom of the 6th and confirmed Timmons' passing runners no-call (safe/no violation) in the top of the 9th inning of the Marlins-Cardinals game. In the 6th, with none out and none on, Cardinals batter Matt Carpenter hit a fly ball to deep center field and near the top of the outfield wall. Upon Replay Review as the result of a request by Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny and initiation by Crew Chief Tim Welke, Timmons' ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the game was tied, 0-0.

In the 9th, with none out and three on, Marlins batter Christian Yelich hit a fly ball to left fielder Matt Holliday, who dropped and deflected the ball to center fielder Jon Jay as Marlins baserunner R1 Reed Johnson advanced to and R2 Donovan Solano retreated to second base before running to third. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny, Timmons' ruling was affirmed, the call was correct.* At the time of the review, the Cardinals were leading, 3-1. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Tim Timmons (95)'s 12th, 13th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Tim Welke's 38th, 39th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.
*Rule 7.08(h): Any runner is out when "He passes a preceding runner before such runner is out."

This is the 652nd, 653rd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the St. Louis Cardinals' 17th ,18th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 339/653 (.519 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7/4/14
Video: Play confirmed; Timmons' decision to leave the ball alive proves correct after replay (STL)
Video: Play confirmed; The lead slipping away, Matheny unsuccessfully challenges passage (STL)

MLB Instant Replay Review 651: Angel Hernandez (11)

Instant Replay Review confirmed HP Umpire Angel Hernandez's Rule 7.13 violation no-call (out) in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Astros-Angels game. With two out and one on, Angels batter C.J. Cron hit a 1-1 slider from Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel on a ground ball to left fielder L.J. Hoes, who threw to catcher Carlos Corporan as Angels baserunner R2 David Freese slid into home plate. Upon Replay Review as the result of a request by Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and initiation by Crew Chief Larry Vanover, Hernandez's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Angels were leading, 3-1. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 7-6.

This is Angel Hernandez (55)'s 11th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Larry Vanover's 39th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 651st Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the LA Angels of Anaheim's 22nd Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 337/651 (.517 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 7/4/14
Video: Play confirmed; Astros complete the 7-2 putout on strong throw, affirmed out call (HOU)

MLB Instant Replay Review 650: Alan Porter (07)

Instant Replay Review overturned 3B Umpire Alan Porter's out (catch/in play [stadium boundary]) call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Yankees-Twins game. With none out and none on, Twins batter Sam Fuld hit a 1-2 knuckle curve from Yankees pitcher David Robertson on a fly ball near the third base (visitor's) dugout, where third baseman Zelous Wheeler attempted to field the fly. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire, Porter's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Yankees were leading, 6-5. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 6-5.

This is Alan Porter (64)'s seventh Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Joe West's 29th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 650th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Minnesota Twins' 21st Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 336/650 (.517 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins, 7/2/14
Video: Play overturned; Wheeler jumps to the dugout step below lip level, causing a dead ball (MIN)

Confirmed: MLB Hires Quinn Wolcott, Gary Darling Retires

MLB confirmed it has hired Quinn Wolcott to its umpire staff to replace Gary Darling, who has retired after a 28-year career. Major League Baseball's announcement confirms the UEFL rumor of this staff movement.

For some perspective into Darling's 28-year career, consider this: The umpire hired to replace him, Wolcott, is 28 years old.

Hired: Quinn Wolcott (81)
Wolcott made his Major League debut during the Memorial Day Diamondbacks-Rangers doubleheader on May 27, 2013. At the time of his big league debut, the UEFL tagged Wolcott with a *rising star alert*. At the age of 24, he was the youngest umpire promoted to AAA in 2011 and became a Pacific Coast League crew chief at the age of 26, in 2013. His minor league history includes the Arizona, Northwest, Midwest, Carolina, California, Southern and PCL. He officiated the 2012 Arizona Fall League Championship Game and World Baseball Classic qualifying.

Born June 17, 1986 in Puyallup, Washington, the 5'9", 180-pound Wolcott is the youngest active full-time MLB umpire at 28 years of age. At the time of his appointment to the full-time staff, Wolcott has  officiated 149 MLB regular season games and experienced two Major League ejections. His first career ejection occurred May 31, 2014 (Rob Leary; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]) and his second was June 21, 2014 (Bob Melvin; QOC = U [Previously Argued Call/DiMuro Rule]). Through July 3, he had 12 Replay Review decisions and holds an affirmation rate of .583 (7/12 calls confirmed or upheld).

Wolcott has been assigned to Gerry Davis' crew for the next several weeks.

Retired: Gary Darling (37)
Since breaking into the National League in 1986, Darling umpired 3,270 regular season, 85 postseason and two All-Star Games. He finished his career with 111 ejections, his first an attempted tackle and interception of Cubs batter Shawon Dunston, who was tossed for charging the mound. UEFL member tmac: "He was a no nonsense umpire who had 111 EJs in his career and took care of biz.  Widely regarded as one of the best ball-strike guys around."

Born October 9, 1957 in San Francisco, California, His final MLB ejection occurred September 8, 2013 (Mike Aviles; QOC = Y [Safe/Out]). His final playoff series was the 2013 American League Division Series featuring the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers. This series featured a pre-2014 Replay Review of a spectator interference/home run boundary play that affirmed an on-field HR call.

The 56-year-old Darling is the President of the Board of UMPS CARE Charities.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

MLB Instant Replay Review 649: Vic Carapazza (07)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Vic Carapazza's safe (missed tag) call in the top of the 2nd inning of the Blue Jays-Athletics game. With one out and three on, Blue Jays batter Anthony Gose hit a 0-0 fastball from Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray on the ground to first baseman Nate Freiman, who attempted to tag Blue Jays baserunner R1 Munenori Kawasaki before throwing to A's catcher Stephen Vogt, who tagged home plate as Blue Jays baserunner R3 Edwin Encarnacion attempted to score. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons, Carapazza's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the game was tied, 0-0. The Athletics ultimately won the contest, 4-1.

This is Vic Carapazza (19)'s seventh Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Bill Miller's 37th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.
*Athletics Manager Bob Melvin elected to play the remainder of the game under formal protest, alleging that had the call at first base been out (removed the force), Vogt would have tagged Encarnacion, resulting in a double play. Instead, Replay Review determined that Encarnacion's run scored for lack of a tag to his person. The protest was dropped after the game as the result of Oakland's 4-1 victory.
Regarding Protests: Replay Regulation II.K.4 states, "Official Baseball Rule 4.19 shall have no applicability to these Replay Regulations. No protest shall ever be permitted on judgment decisions by the Replay Official. Moreover, a violation of any rule or procedure set forth herein shall not constitute a basis for protesting a game."

This is the 649th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Toronto Blue Jays' 31st Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 336/649 (.518 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

MLB Instant Replay Review 648: Doug Eddings (12)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Doug Eddings' safe call in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Diamondbacks-Pirates game. With two out and one on, Pirates baserunner R1 Gregory Polanco attempted to steal second base off Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero, who threw to shortstop Didi Gregorius as Polanco slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson, Eddings' ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Pirates were leading, 2-0. The Diamondbacks ultimately won the contest, 10-2.

This is Doug Eddings (88)'s 12th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jim Joyce's ninth supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 648th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Arizona Diamondbacks' 22nd Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 336/648 (.519 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7/2/14
Video: Play overturned; D-Backs give Polanco the first caught stealing of his big-league career (ARI)

MLB Instant Replay Review 647: Dana DeMuth (06)

Instant Replay Review upheld 1B Umpire Dana DeMuth's safe call in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Cardinals-Giants game. With two out and one on, Giants batter Hunter Pence hit a ground ball to Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who threw to first baseman Matt Adams as Pence arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny, DeMuth's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Cardinals were leading, 5-1. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 7-2.

This is Dana DeMuth (32)'s sixth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Dana DeMuth's 15th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 647th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the St. Louis Cardinals' 16th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 336/647 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants, 7/2/14
Video: Play stands; Pence beats out infield grounder for a single in the fifth inning (STL)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

MLB Ejections 110-111, Replays 645-646: MIL-TOR

1B Umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke for arguing a check swing (ball/HBP) call and HP Umpire Greg Gibson ejected Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons for arguing a Replay Review decision that overturned 2B Umpire Quinn Wolcott's safe call in the bottom of the 8th inning and Instant Replay Review upheld Cuzzi's out call in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Brewers-Blue Jays game. In the 4th, with one out and none on, Blue Jays batter Munenori Kawasaki hit a ground ball to Brewers shortstop Jean Segura, who threw to first baseman Jonathan Lucroy as Kawasaki arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons, Cuzzi's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the game was tied, 4-4.

In the 8th, with one out and none on, Blue Jays batter Steve Tolleson was hit by a pitch while attempting to check his swing on a 1-1 slider from Brewers pitcher Will Smith. Replays indicate Tolleson did not attempt to strike the pitch, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 4-4.

During the subsequent at-bat, Tolleson attempted to steal second base off of Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, who threw to shortstop Segura as Tolleson slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Brewers Acting Manager Jerry Narron, Wolcott's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. Replays indicate the runner was tagged while off his base, the call was correct. At the time of the review and ejection, the game was tied, 4-4. The Blue Jays ultimately won the contest, 7-4.

This is Phil Cuzzi (10)'s first ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Greg Gibson (53)'s third ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Phil Cuzzi (10)'s 11th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Quinn Wolcott (10)'s 12th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Greg Gibson's first, second supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 110th, 111th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 46th, 47th Manager ejections of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 645th, 646th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Brewers' 3rd ejection of 2014, T-3rd in the NL Central (CHC, PIT 6; MIL, STL 3; CIN 2).
This is the Blue Jays' 3rd ejection of 2014, 4th in the AL East (BOS 9; NYY 6; TB 5; TOR 3; BAL 2).
This is Ron Roenicke's first ejection since March 16, 2014 (Bill Miller; QOC = U [Safe/Out, ST]).
This is John Gibbons' first ejection since May 25, 2014 (Mark Carlson; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
This is Phil Cuzzi's first ejection since April 21, 2013 (Ryan Braun; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Greg Gibson's 1st ejection since May 4, 2014 (Clint Hurdle, Rick Sofield; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is the Toronto Blue Jays' 30th Replay Review of 2014.
This is the Milwaukee Brewers' 12th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 335/644 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 7/2/14
Video: Play stands; Kawasaki grounds out in the first on affirmed tag play off first base (TOR)
Video: Play overturned; Brew Crew catch the out while Gibbons decides to get thrown out (MIL)
Video: Roenicke debates Cuzzi's interpretation of a half-swing and is sent to the clubhouse (MIL)

MLB Instant Replay Review 644: Ron Kulpa (05)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Ron Kulpa's out call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Cardinals-Giants game. With none out and none on, Giants batter Hunter Pence hit a ground ball to Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis, who threw to first baseman Matt Adams as Pence arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, Kulpa's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Cardinals were leading, 2-0. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 2-0.

This is Ron Kulpa (46)'s fifth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Dana DeMuth's 14th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 644th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Giants Manager Bruce Bochy's 25th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 334/642 (.521 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants, 7/2/14
Video: Play overturned; Giants try to get a rally started in the 9th on reversed call (SF)

MLB Instant Replay Review 643: Scott Barry (06)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Scott Barry's out call in the top of the 5th inning of the Rangers-Orioles game. With two out and none on, Rangers batter Alex Rios hit a ground ball to Orioles third baseman Ryan Flaherty, who threw to first baseman Chris Davis as Rios arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Rangers Manager Ron Washington, Barry's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Rangers were leading, 4-1. The Orioles ultimately won the contest, 6-4.

This is Scott Barry (87)'s sixth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jeff Nelson's 31st supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 643rd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Rangers Manager Ron Washington's 21st Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 334/641 (.521 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles, 7/2/14
Video: Play overturned; Rangers extend the fifth by successfully challenging an out call at first (TEX)

MLB Instant Replay Review 642: Bill Miller (06)

Instant Replay Review upheld 3B Umpire Bill Miller's out (base touch failure; appeal play) call in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Reds-Padres game. With two out and one on, Padres batter Seth Smith hit a line drive to left fielder Chris Heisey as Padres baserunner R1 Irving Falu rounded third and headed for home, crossing home plate without a throw. Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto subsequently appealed Falu's touch of third base by throwing to 3B Ramon Santiago. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Padres Manager Bud Black, Miller's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Padres were leading, 3-0. The Padres ultimately won the contest, 3-0.

This is Bill Miller (26)'s sixth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Bill Miller's 36th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 642nd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Padres Manager Bud Black's 16th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 334/640 (.522 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres, 7/2/14
Video: Play stands; Pads lose out on a run on alert and affirmed appeal play at third base (SD)

MLB Instant Replay Review 641: Cory Blaser (06)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Cory Blaser's out call in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Royals-Twins game. With two out and one on, Twins baserunner R1 Sam Fuld stole second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire, Blaser's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Royals were leading, 2-0. The Royals ultimately won the contest, 4-0.

This is Cory Blaser (89)'s sixth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jeff Kellogg's 28th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 641st Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire's 20th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 333/639 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins, 7/2/14
Video: Play overturned; Twins pick up a stolen base as Perez tries throwing from his knee (MIN)

MLB Replay Reviews 639-640: Joe West (06, 07)

Instant Replay Review upheld 2B Umpire Joe West's out call in the bottom of the 2nd and overturned West's Not HR (live ball; in play) call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Rockies-Nationals game. In the 2nd, with none out and one on, Nationals batter Bryce Harper grounded to Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, who tagged first base and threw to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki as Nationals baserunner R1 Ryan Zimmerman slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Nationals Manager Matt Williams, West's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Rockies were leading, 3-0.

In the 7th, with one out and none on, Nationals batter Ian Desmond hit a fly ball to right center field near the top of the outfield wall. Upon Replay Review as the result of initiation by Crew Chief Joe West, West's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the game was tied, 3-3. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 4-3.

This is Joe West (22)'s sixth, seventh Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Joe West's 27th, 28th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 639th, 640th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Nationals Manager Matt Williams' 23rd, 24th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 333/638 (.521 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals, 7/2/14
Video: Play stands; Nats ground into a double play on upheld tag attempt by Tulo at 2nd (WAS)
Video: Play overturned; Hit off the top of the rail is kept alive for Joe's institution of Review (WAS)

MLB Replay Reviews 637-638: Will Little (10-11)

Instant Replay Review confirmed 2B Umpire Will Little's out call in the top of the 4th and upheld Little's out call in the top of the 9th inning of the Rays-Yankees game. In the 4th, with one out and one on, Rays batter Sean Rodriguez singled on a line drive to right fielder Alfonso Soriano, who threw to shortstop Derek Jeter as Rodriguez slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Rays Manager Joe Maddon, Little's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the game was tied, 2-2.

In the 9th, with none out and one on, Rays batter Ben Zobrist grounded to first baseman Kelly Johnson, who threw to shortstop Jeter as Rays baserunner R2 Desmond Jennings slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a request by Rays Manager Maddon and initiation by Crew Chief Ted Barrett, Little's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Rays were leading, 5-3. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 6-3.

This is Will Little (93)'s 10th, 11th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Ted Barrett's 31st, 32nd supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 637th, 638th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Rays Manager Joe Maddon's 32nd, 33rd Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 332/636 (.521 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees, 7/2/14
Video: Play confirmed; Yanks cut down S-Rod on attempted double on long RBI base knock (TB)
Video: Play stands; 9th inning race to the bag goes the Bronx Bombers' way on upheld call (NYY)

Rumor: Quinn Wolcott Hired, Gary Darling Retires

Rumor: Quinn Wolcott has been hired to the MLB staff while long-time crew chief Gary Darling has retired. In our tradition of continuing to provide news breaks and rumor mill discussion, the UEFL reports the aforementioned staff shuffle as an unconfirmed report. Darling has been on Major League Umpiring's Disabled List since Opening Day 2014 while Wolcott is in his second season as an active MiLB call-up umpire, having worked 64 games in 2013.

This report is unconfirmed and should be treated as such.

MLB Ejection 109: Alfonso Marquez (1; Kevin Long)

HP Umpire Alfonso Marquez ejected Yankees Batting Coach Kevin Long for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Rays-Yankees game. With two out and two on, Yankees batter Alfonso Soriano took a 2-2 cutter from Rays pitcher David Price for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer edge of home plate and belt high (px .929, pz 2.387), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Rays were leading, 2-1. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is Alfonso Marquez (72)'s first ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Alfonso Marquez now has 1 point in the UEFL Standings (-3 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct = 1).
Crew Chief Ted Barrett now has 9 points in Crew Division (8 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 9).

This is the 109th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Yankees' 6th ejection of 2014, 2nd in the AL East (BOS 9; NYY 6; TB 5; TOR, BAL 2).
This is Kevin Long's first ejection since June 2, 2012 (Bob Davidson; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Alfonso Marquez's first ejection since May 25, 2013 (Bruce Bochy; QOC = N [Safe/Out]).

Video: After Soriano strikes out looking to end the sixth, Long is tossed for arguing the zone (N/A)

MLB Replay Reviews 635-636: Vanover, Johnson (12, 11)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Larry Vanover's safe call and upheld HP Umpire Adrian Johnson's out call in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Indians-Dodgers game. With none out and two on, Dodgers batter Adrian Gonzalez hit a 1-2 slider from Indians pitcher Kyle Crockett on a fly ball to left fielder Michael Brantley, who threw to catcher Yan Gomes as Dodgers baserunner R3 Dee Gordon slid into home plate, to second baseman Jason Kipnis as Dodgers baserunner R1 Yasiel Puig slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of successive challenges by Indians Manager Terry Francona (of Vanover's safe call) and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly (of Johnson's out call), Vanover's ruling was overturned and Johnson's ruling was affirmed. At the time of the reviews, the Indians were leading, 5-3. The Indians ultimately won the contest, 10-3.

This is Larry Vanover (27)'s 12th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Adrian Johnson (80)'s 11th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Larry Vanover's 37th, 38th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 635th, 636th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Indians Manager Terry Francona's 23rd Replay Review of 2014.
This is Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly's 23rd Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 330/634 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

MLB Instant Replay Review 634: Chad Fairchild (02)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Chad Fairchild's safe call in the top of the 9th inning of the Reds-Padres game. With two out and three on, Reds batter Ryan Ludwick hit a 2-2 slider from Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer on the ground to third baseman Chase Headley, who threw to second baseman Irving Falu as Reds baserunner R1 Todd Frazier slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Padres Manager Bud Black, Fairchild's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Padres were leading, 8-3. The Padres ultimately won the contest, 8-2.

This is Chad Fairchild (4)'s second Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Bill Miller's 35th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 634th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Padres Manager Bud Black's 15th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 330/634 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

MLB Instant Replay Review 633: Tim Timmons (11)

Instant Replay Review confirmed HP Umpire Tim Timmons' Rule 7.13 violation no-call (out) in the top of the 6th inning of the Mariners-Astros game. With one out and two on, Mariners batter James Jones hit a ground ball to first baseman Jon Singleton, who threw to catcher Jason Castro as R3 Dustin Ackley slid into home plate. Upon Replay Review as the result of a request by Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon and initiation by Crew Chief Welke, Timmons' ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Mariners were leading, 3-1. The Mariners ultimately won the contest, 13-2.

This is Tim Timmons (95)'s 11th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Tim Welke's 37th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 633rd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon's 24th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 330/633 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

MLB Instant Replay Review 632: Jerry Meals (10)

Instant Replay Review confirmed 1B Umpire Jerry Meals' out call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Cubs-Red Sox game. With two out and one on, Red Sox batter Dustin Pedroia hit a 1-2 fastball from Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon on the ground to third baseman Luis Valbuena, who threw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo as Pedroia arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Red Sox Manager John Farrell, Meals' ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Cubs were leading, 2-1. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is Jerry Meals (41)'s 10th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jerry Meals' 30th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 632nd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Red Sox Manager John Farrell's 22nd Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 329/632 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

MLB Instant Replay Review 631: Eric Cooper (06)

Instant Replay Review confirmed 1B Umpire Eric Cooper's out call in the top of the 9th inning of the Phillies-Marlins game. With one out and none on, Phillies batter Cesar Hernandez hit a 0-0 sinker from Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek on the ground to shortstop Ed Lucas, who threw to first baseman Garrett Jones as Hernandez arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg, Cooper's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the game was tied, 4-4. The Marlins ultimately won the contest, 5-4, in 11 innings.

This is Eric Cooper (56)'s sixth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Tom Hallion's 19th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 631st Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg's 19th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 328/631 (.519 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

MLB Instant Replay Review 630: Jeff Nelson (07)

Instant Replay Review confirmed 3B Umpire Jeff Nelson's HR (fair ball) call in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Rangers-Orioles game. With one out and none on, Orioles batter Steve Pearce hit a 3-2 slider for a home run to left field. Upon Replay Review as the result of a request by Rangers Manager Ron Washington and initiation by Crew Chief Nelson, Nelson's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Orioles were leading, 1-0. The Orioles ultimately won the contest, 8-3.

This is Jeff Nelson (45)'s seventh Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jeff Nelson's 30th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 630th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Rangers Manager Ron Washington's 20th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 327/630 (.519 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Monday, June 30, 2014

MLB Instant Replay Review 629: Adrian Johnson (10)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Adrian Johnson's out call in the top of the 3rd inning of the Indians-Dodgers game. With two out and one on, Indians batter Michael Bourn hit a 2-2 fastball from Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren on the ground to shortstop Miguel Rojas, who threw to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as Bourn arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Indians Manager Terry Francona, Johnson's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the game was tied, 0-0. The Dodgers ultimately won the contest, 1-0.

This is Adrian Johnson (80)'s 10th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Larry Vanover's 36th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.
*This infield single was Cleveland's only hit of the game, the "anti-Jim Joyce play" to take away the Dodgers' potential third no-hitter of the 2014 season.*

This is the 629th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Indians Manager Terry Francona's 22nd Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 326/629 (.518 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 6/30/14
Video: Play overturned; Indians extend the 3rd inning on hustle infield single up the middle (CLE)

MLB Instant Replay Review 628: Mike Everitt (05)

Instant Replay Review upheld 2B Umpire Mike Everitt's safe (proper retouch) call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Reds-Padres game. With one out and one on, Padres batter Alexi Amarista flied out to center fielder Billy Hamilton as baserunner R1 Everth Cabrera retreated to first from second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Reds Manager Bryan Price, Everitt's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Padres were leading, 1-0. The Padres ultimately won the contest, 1-0.

This is Mike Everitt (57)'s fifth Replay Review of 2014.
This is Crew Chief Bill Miller's 34th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 628th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Reds Manager Bryan Price's 17th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 326/628 (.519 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres, 6/30/14
Video: Play stands; Cabrera is ruled to have properly retouched second on appeal play at second (CIN)

MLB Instant Replay Review 627: Todd Tichenor (06)

Instant Replay Review overturned 3B Umpire Todd Tichenor's fair ball call in the top of the 4th inning of the Mariners-Astros game. With one out and one on, Mariners batter Dustin Ackley hit a 0-1 fastball from Astros pitcher Collin McHugh on a line drive to left field near the foul line. Upon Replay review as the result of a challenge by Astros Manager Bo Porter, Tichenor's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Mariners were leading, 4-3. The Mariners ultimately won the contest, 10-4.

This is Todd Tichenor (13)'s sixth Replay Review of 2014.
This is Crew Chief Tim Welke's 36th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 627th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Astros Manager Bo Porter's 16th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 325/627 (.519 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros, 6/30/14
Video: Play overturned; Ackley's drive into the left field corner turns into a foul ball on video replay (HOU)

MLB Instant Replay Review 626: Dan Iassogna (09)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Dan Iassogna's safe call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Mets-Braves game. With none out and one on, Braves batter B.J. Upton attempted to steal second base off Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who threw to second baseman Daniel Murphy as Upton slid into the bag. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Mets Manager Terry Collins, Iassogna's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Mets were leading, 3-0. The Braves ultimately won the contest, 5-3.

This is Dan Iassogna (58)'s ninth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Dale Scott's 32nd supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 626th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Mets Manager Terry Collins' 19th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 325/626 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves, 6/30/14
Video: Play overturned; Mets delay with stall tactics to allow Collins' challenge, CS (NYM)

MLB Instant Replay Review 625: Toby Basner (05)

Instant Replay Review overturned 3B Umpire Toby Basner's out call in the top of the 4th inning of the Rangers-Orioles game. With none out and one on, Rangers batter Robinson Chirinos hit a 3-1 fastball from Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on a line drive to center fielder Adam Jones, who threw to second as Chirinos slid into the base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Rangers Manager Ron Washington, Basner's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Orioles were leading, 4-0. The Orioles ultimately won the contest, 7-1.

This is Toby Basner (99)'s fifth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jeff Nelson's 29th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 625th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Rangers Manager Ron Washington's 19th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 325/625 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles, 6/30/14
Video: Play overturned; Rangers gain a lead-off double in the 2nd on reviewed and reversed call (TEX)

MLB Ejection & Replay Review Stats: Week 13 Sabermetrics

Ejection & Instant Replay Review Statistics and Sabermetrics are now available for MLB Week 13. As the numbers and trends solidify, Close Call Sports and the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League continues with the strategic statistics reporting, the first measure of umpire-centric sabermetrics in professional baseball. Visit Instant Replay Review Statistics 101: Week 1 Sabermetrics for an introduction to Ejection & Replay Review definitions and terms, including Review Affirmation Percentage (RAP), also known as QOC (Quality of Correctness), Replay Percentage of Success (RPS), alternatively, 1.000 - RAP = RPS, and Manager's Challenge Success Percentage (CSP). Also included is Team Success Percentage (TSP), which includes all Replay Reviews; both Manager's Challenges and Crew Chief Reviews.

With Week 13 of the MLB Regular Season in the books, the UEFL recaps traditional ejections, plus professional baseball's "this time it counts" living experiment with Instant Replay Reviews.

We begin this week's sabermetric analysis with umpire ejections. Games Played: 1227 of 2430.
Ejections: 108 (on pace for 214 [-8 from last wk] Ejections). (Compare to: 180 Ejections in 2013)
"Team most active" (Team with most Ejections): Boston Red Sox - 9 (Rockies, Rangers - 7).
"Team least active" (Team with least Ejections): CLE Indians, LA Angels, WAS Nationals - 1.
"Manager ejections leader" (Manager ejected most often): Rick Renteria - 4 (1.000 QOC Y).
"Player ejections leader" (Player ejection leader): Andrus, Kemp, Murphy, Tulowitzki - 2.
"Umpire leader" (Umpire with most Ejections): Jordan Baker, Dan Bellino, Bill Miller - 5.
"Crew most active" (Crew Chief whose crew has most Ejections): Bill Miller - 11.
"Most accurate umpire" (Umpire with greatest Simple QOC): Basner, Carlson, Timmons - 1.000 in 3/3.
"Overall QOC percentage" (Overall QOC Y value): .766 (59 Y / 18 N) + 31 Irrecusable = 108 Total.
"Team Status Pre-Ejection" (Winning-Losing-Tied [W-L-T] Record prior to Ejection): 25-59-24.
"Team Status Post-Ejection" (Game Record [W-L]): 40-68. (Delta: 15-9; WPCT: .625).

Next up is the category of Instant Replay Reviews.
Replay Reviews & Decisions Rendered: 624 (on pace for 1,235 [+3 from last wk] Replay Reviews)
- Crew Chief Reviews (Replay Reviews initiated by the Umpire Chief): 102 (16%), .706 RAP.
- Manager's Challenges (Replay Reviews initiated by the Club Manager): 522 (84%), .485 RAP.
"Team Most Used" (Made use of Replay Review most often): Tampa Bay Rays - 31.
"Team Least Used" (Least use of Replay): Milwaukee Brewers - 11.
"Manager's Challenge Leaders" (Most challenges filed): Joe Maddon, Rick Renteria - 28.
"Most successful Manager" (Manager with highest CSP): Mike Redmond - .813 (13/16).
"League average Manager" (Average CSP for all Managers): .515.
"Least successful Manager" (Manager with lowest CSP): Mike Matheny - .182 (2/11).
"Most successful team in review" (Team with highest TSP): Atlanta Braves - .714 (10/14).
"Least successful team in review" (Team with lowest TSP): Cincinnati Reds - .250 (4/16).
"Umpire most questioned" (Most Replay Reviews): Seth Buckminster - 15 (.267 RAP).
"Crew most questioned" (Crew Chief whose crew has most Reviews): Jerry Layne - 39.
"Most accurate umpire" (Umpire with greatest RAP): Dan Bellino - 1.000 in 7/7.
"Ump of greatest overturn" (Umpire with lowest RAP): Jeff Kellogg - .000 in 3/3.
"Overall affirmation or QOC percentage" (Overall RAP): .521 (325/624 Affirmed Replay Reviews).
Team Status Pre-Review (Winning or Losing prior to review [Win-Loss-Tied]): 205-261-153.
Team Status Post-Review (Game Record [W-L]): 283-336. (Delta: 78-75; WPCT: .510).

Actual data (Raw Data for Replay Reviews):

Sunday, June 29, 2014

MLB Replay Reviews 623-624: Mark Carlson (07-08)

Instant Replay Review upheld 1B Umpire Mark Carlson's out call and overturned Carlson's safe call in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Diamondbacks-Padres game. With none out and none on, Padres batter Yasmani Grandal hit a 1-2 curveball from Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Bolsinger on the ground to Bolsinger, who threw to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt as Grandal arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Padres Manager Bud Black, Carlson's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Padres were leading, 2-1.

With one out and one on, Padres batter Cameron Maybin hit a 0-1 cutter from Bolsinger on the ground to Bolsinger, who threw to Goldschmidt as Maybin arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of challenge by Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson, Carlson's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Padres were leading, 2-1. The Padres ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is Mark Carlson (6)'s seventh, eighth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Gerry Davis' 37th, 38th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 623rd, 624th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Padres Manager Bud Black's 14th, D'Backs Mgr Kirk Gibson's 21st Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 325/624 (.521 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres, 6/29/14
Video: Play stands; Bud Black tries to campaign for an infield single, but Replay upholds the out (SD)
Video: Play overturned; D-Backs file a successful challenge on barehanded play, throw to 1st (ARI)

MLB Replay Reviews 621-622: Timmons, Fagan (10, 11)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Tim Timmons' safe call in the top of the 3rd and 1B Umpire Clint Fagan's safe call in the top of the 5th inning of the Angels-Royals game. In the 3rd, with none out and two on, Angels batter Albert Pujols hit a 0-1 fastball from Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on the ground to third baseman Danny Valencia, who threw to second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Eric Hosmer, Angels baserunner R1 Mike Trout into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of challenge by Royals Manager Ned Yost, Timmons' ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Angels were leading, 2-0.

In the 5th, with none out and one on, Angels batter Kole Calhoun hit a 0-1 fastball from pitcher Guthrie on the ground to second baseman Infante, who threw to shortstop Alcides Escobar to first baseman Hosmer as Calhoun arrived at first base, Angels baserunner R1 Hank Conger out at second. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Royals Manager Ned Yost, Fagan's rulings was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Royals were leading, 4-3. The Royals ultimately won the contest, 5-4.

This is Tim Timmons (95)'s 10th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Clint Fagan (82)'s 11th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Tim Welke's 34th, 35th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 621st, 622nd Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Royals Manager Ned Yost's 24th, 25th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 324/622 (.521 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Kansas City Royals, 6/29/14
Video: Play overturned; Royals turn a double play on reversed tag attempt at second base (KC)
Video: Play overturned; Yost successfully challenges his second call of the game for another DP (KC)

MLB Instant Replay Review 620: Jeff Kellogg (03)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Jeff Kellogg's safe call in the top of the 9th inning of the Reds-Giants game. With one out and two on, Reds batter Homer Bailey hit a 0-0 fastball from Giants pitcher Santiago Casilla on the ground to first baseman Adam Duvall, who stepped on first base and threw to shortstop Brandon Crawford as Reds baserunner R1 Zack Cozart slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, Kelloggs' ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Reds were leading, 5-0. The Reds ultimately won the contest, 4-0.

This is Jeff Kellogg (8)'s third Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jeff Kellogg's 27th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 620th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Giants Manager Bruce Bochy's 24th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 324/620 (.522 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants, 6/29/14
Video: Play overturned; Double play takes a run off the board on reversal in the Reds' 9th inning (SF)

MLB Instant Replay Review 619: Tony Randazzo (04)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Tony Randazzo's safe call in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Rays-Orioles game. With one out and none on, Orioles batter J.J. Hardy hit a 2-2 changeup from Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger on the ground to third baseman Evan Longoria, who threw to first baseman James Loney as Hardy arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Rays Manager Joe Maddon, Randazzo's rulings was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Rays were leading, 10-4. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 12-7.

This is Tony Randazzo (11)'s fourth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Tony Randazzo's first supervised Replay Review of the 2014 Season.

This is the 619th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Rays Manager Joe Maddon's 31st Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 324/619 (.523 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles, 6/29/14
Video: Play overturned; Rays get Hardy on slow roller, strong effort by Longoria (TB)