Saturday, May 30, 2015
This is Andy Fletcher (49)'s second ejection of 2015.
Andy Fletcher now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct = 6).
Crew Chief Jerry Meals now has 9 points in Crew Division (8 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 9).
This is the 64th ejections of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 31st player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Escobar was 2-4 (2 SO) in the contest.
This is the Nationals' 5th ejection of 2015, 1st in the NL East (WAS 5; ATL, NYM 2; PHI 1; MIA 0).
This is Yunel Escobar's first ejection since July 29, 2014 (Bill Welke; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Andy Fletcher's first ejection since May 3, 2015 (Craig Gentry; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
Wrap: Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds, 5/30/15
Video: Sinking slider fools Escobar on strikeout, argument gets him run from the game (WAS)
Friday, May 29, 2015
These are Todd Tichenor (13)'s first and second ejections of 2015.
Todd Tichenor now has 7 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Previous + 2*[2 MLB + 2 Correct] = 7).
Crew Chief Tim Welke now has 6 points in Crew Division (4 Previous + 2 Correct Calls = 6).
These are the 62nd and 63rd ejections of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 27th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the 30th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Napoli was 0-2 (2 SO) in the contest.
This is the Red Sox' 2/3rd ejection of 2015, T-1st in the AL East (BAL, BOS 3; TB 2; NYY 1; TOR 0).
This is Mike Napoli's first ejection since August 10, 2014 (CB Bucknor; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is John Farrell's first ejection since August 17, 2014 (Doug Eddings; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
This is Todd Tichenor's first ejection since June 5, 2014 (Rick Renteria; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
Wrap: Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers, 5/29/15
Video: Having struck out looking, Napoli earns a profane ride home, as does skipper Farrell (BOS)
These are Mike Winters (33)'s first and second ejections of 2015.
Mike Winters now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2*[2 MLB + 2 Correct] = 8).
Crew Chief Mike Winters now has 11 points in Crew Division (9 Previous + 2 Correct Calls = 11).
These are the 60th and 61st ejections of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 26th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the 29th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Ellis was 0-3 in the contest (3 SO).
This is the Dodgers' 3/4th ejection of 2015, 2nd in the NL West (SD 5; LAD 4; COL 3; SF 1; ARI 0).
This is Don Mattingly's 3rd ejection of 2015, 1st since May 13 (Bob Davidson; QOC = U [Replay]).
This is AJ Ellis' first career MLB ejection.
This is Mike Winters' first ejection since July 31, 2014 (Mike Redmond; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
Wrap: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 5/29/15
Video: Unhappy with Molina's receipt of Lackey's pitch, Donnie Baseball earns an early shower (LAD)
Video: After walk, Ellis ejected during Wallach's double switch, prompting the rare triple switch (LAD)
This is Angel Hernandez (55)'s first ejection of 2015.
Angel Hernandez now has x points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB + x Crewmate = x).
Crew Chief Ted Barrett now has x points in Crew Division (3 Previous + x Call = x).
(Appeals Board plays do not display league points.)
This is the 59th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 25th Manager ejection of 2015.
This is the Phillies' 1st ejection of 2015, 4th in the NL East (WAS 4; ATL, NYM 2; PHI 1; MIA 0).
This is Ryne Sandberg's first ejection since August 2, 2014 (Chris Guccione; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Angel Hernandez's first ejection since July 8, 2014 (Jean Machi; QOC = Y [Balk]).
Wrap: Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 5/29/15
Video: When an appealed check swing fails to strike out Arenado, Sandberg gets tossed (PHI)
Thursday, May 28, 2015
This is Toby Basner (99)'s first ejection of 2015.
Toby Basner now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (3 Previous + 3 AAA + ? Call = ?).
Crew Chief Larry Vanover now has ? points in Crew Division (-2 Previous + ? Call = ?).
This is the 58th ejection of the 2015 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 28th player ejection of 2015. Prior to ejection, Machado was 0-4 in the contest (3 SO).
This is the Orioles' 3rd ejection of 2015, 1st in the AL East (BAL 3; TB 2; BOS, NYY 1; TOR 0).
This is Manny Machado's first ejection since June 8, 2014 (Adrian Johnson; QOC = U [USC-NEC]).
This is Toby Basner's first ejection since August 7, 2014 (Lloyd McClendon; QOC = U [Warnings]).
Wrap: Chicago White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles (Doubleheader Game 1), 5/28/15
Video: A deuces-wild strikeout call on Machado procedures a slammed bat and immediate toss (BAL)
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Following a plea from D-Backs skipper Chip Hale, U2 Joyce convened his crew and sent Myers back to second base, prompting an unsuccessful argument from Padres Manager Bud Black (This is not the first time Black has unsuccessfully argued an obstruction call at second base). Play resumed with one out, R1 and R2.
Case Play Question 2015-03: Was the umpire crew's ruling in placing the runner at second base correct? The broadcasters stated there was no obstruction. What rule(s) and call accurately describe what happened (e.g., was the obstruction call overturned, or upheld with a different penalty imposed)?
Case Play Answer 2015-03: The determination of placing the runners is a judgment call and may be correct, if the judgment prescribed by rule was proper.
Since replays indicate no play was being made on the runner R1 at the time of the obstruction, which occurred as the result of R1 being impeded by F6 in his attempt to run the bases, we turn to Rule 7.06(b) [OBR 2015 Rule 6.01(h)(2)], which states, "If no play is being made on the obstructed runner, the play shall proceed until no further action is possible. The umpire shall then call 'Time' and impose such penalties, if any, as in his judgment will nullify the act of obstruction."
Thus, the umpires properly waited until the play's completion before enforcing the remedy of the rule. Had obstruction occurred while a play was actively being made on the obstructed runner (Type A obstruction), play would have been halted immediately upon the infraction ("Time" called).
Rule 7.06(b) [OBR 2015 6.01(h)(2)] Comment states, "When the ball is not dead on obstruction and an obstructed runner advances beyond the base which, in the umpire’s judgment, he would have been awarded because of being obstructed, he does so at his own peril and may be tagged out. This is a judgment call." In other words, umpires would have been supported by rule had they declared R1 out when he was tagged attempting to advance to third base, since the umpires only awarded, or protected R1 back to, second base. Because this is a judgment call, umpires are authorized to impose any penalties that will "nullify the act of obstruction." If the umpires believed R1 would have remained safely at second base had obstruction not occurred, then the decision to place R1 at second base is the correct call.
Thanks to all participants, each of whom shall receive two points for discussion of this play.
Related: Joyce's most famous obstruction call at third base during the 2013 World Series in St. Louis
Related: Hawk Harrelson doesn't disappoint when he fails to see obstruction at shortstop in 2007
Related Rule: Rule 7.06: Obstruction, What a Pickle! (UEFL Article from June 14, 2012)
Video: R1 Myers falls after colliding with F6 Ahmed, and is returned to second base (SD)
Monday, May 25, 2015
MLB umpires experienced 48 instant replay reviews during the week of May 18 - May 25, 2015 (-5 over prior week). Games played during this period featured the following MLB Replay Review decisions: