Monday, May 30, 2016

MLB Ejection 065 - Manny Gonzalez (1; Terry Francona)

HP Umpire Manny Gonzalez ejected Indians Manager Terry Francona for arguing a batter-runner's lane interference no-call in the top of the 3rd inning of the Rangers-Indians game. With two out and two on, Rangers batter Mitch Moreland hit a 2-2 changeup from Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin on the ground to Tomlin, who threw toward first baseman Mike Napoli as Moreland ran down the first base line and near the 45-foot long running lane. Replays indicate Tomlin's throw, which could have reasonably retired the runner, hit Moreland in the back and that Moreland's foot contacted the ground outside of the prescribed three-foot wide lane prior to the permitted opportunity for exit, Play was reviewed and affirmed by UEFL Appeals Board (Referral), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Rangers were leading, 4-0. The Rangers ultimately won the contest, 9-2.

This is Manny Gonzalez (79)'s first ejection of the 2016 MLB regular season.
Manny Gonzalez now has -1 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect = -1).
Crew Chief Hunter Wendelstedt now has 1 point in Crew Division (1 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 1).
*Related Analysis: Running Lane Interference (RLI) Only Applies to Fielder at First (April 6, 2016).
OBR Rule 5.09(a)(11): "In running the last half of the distance from home base to first base, while the ball is being fielded to first base, he runs outside (to the right of) the three-foot line, or inside (to the left of) the foul line, and in the umpire’s judgment in so doing interferes with the fielder taking the throw at first base, in which case the ball is dead." In exiting the lane prematurely by stepping to the inside of the foul line and making contact with the throw, B1 Moreland interfered with the fielder taking the throw (F3 Napoli).

This is the 65th ejection report of the 2016 regular season.
This is the 26th Manager ejection of 2016.
This is Cleveland's 1st ejection of 2016, T-4th in the AL Central (CWS, MIN 4; DET 3; CLE, KC 1).
This is Terry Francona's first ejection since August 22, 2015 (Dan Iassogna; QOC = N [Out/Safe]).
This is Manny Gonzalez's first ejection since July 19, 2015 (Ian Kinsler; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians, 5/30/16 | Video available via "Read more"
Alternate Link: Tito campaigns for a dead ball RLI out, but loses out to Manny's no-call" (CLE)
Alternate Link: Error in the third inning leads to Texas' fourth run as throw hits the runner (TEX)


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