Friday, May 27, 2016

Featured MiLB Ejection - Nestor Ceja (Phil Wellman)

Umpire Nestor Ceja ejected Phillip Wellman days after Joe Mikulik—Phil's minor league manager meltdown colleague (also a Double-A skipper in the Texas League)—erupted over Jeff Gorman's slide rule violation call at second base (see: MiLB Ejection - Jeff Gorman [Joe Mikulik]). The Ceja-Wellman reason for ejection? Also a slide interference double play call at second base.

At least it wasn't a 40-run game, which was the case in Lancaster Thursday night (29-11, Lancaster def. Stockton). Huge honorable mention to HP Umpire Takahito Matsuda and U1 Jesse Orozco, who had to keep up with that 3-hour, 50-minute madness.

Back to Texas...3B Umpire Nestor Ceja ejected Missions Manager Phillip Wellman for arguing a slide rule interference/double play call in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Naturals-Missions game. With none out and one on (R1), Missions batter Jose Rondon bunted on the ground to Naturals catcher Cam Gallagher, who threw to shortstop Jack Lopez as Missions baserunner R1 Nelson Ward slid into second base. Replays (naturally) are unavailable, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 1-1. The Missions ultimately won the contest, 3-1.

Related Ejection: Phil Wellman goes nuts on plate umpire (and present Wendelstedt Chief of Instruction) Brent Rice over an ejection of Wellman's pitcher Kelvin Villa (6/1/2007)

Wrap: Northwest Arkansas Naturals vs. San Antonio Missions, 5/26/16 | Video via "Read more"

Alternate Link: Not to be outdone by Mikulik, Wellman throws his own tantrum (SA)


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