Wednesday, July 20, 2016

MLB Ejection 114 - Sam Holbrook (2; Clint Hurdle)

HP Umpire Sam Holbrook ejected Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle for arguing a foul ball (no interference) call in the top of the 1st inning of the Brewers-Pirates game. With none out and two on (R1, R2), Brewers batter Ryan Braun hit a 1-0 fastball from Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke into the ground in front of home plate. Replays indicate the batted ball subsequently bounced off the dirt and struck Braun in the helmet before hitting him in the shoulder as he was in a legal position with both feet within the right-handed batter's box, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 0-0. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 9-5.

This is Sam Holbrook (34)'s second ejection of the 2016 MLB regular season.
Sam Holbrook now has 9 points in the UEFL Standings (5 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 9).
Crew Chief Gerry Davis now has -1 points in Crew Division (-2 Previous + 1 Correct Call = -1).
*OBR Rule 5.04(b)(5) states, "The batter’s legal position shall be with both feet within the batter’s box." "APPROVED RULING: The lines defining the box are within the batter’s box."
*Rule 5.09(a)(7) states that a batter is out when, "His fair ball touches him before touching a fielder. If the batter is in a legal position in the batter’s box, see Rule 5.04(b)(5) (Rule 6.03), and, in the umpire’s judgment, there was no intention to interfere with the course of the ball, a batted ball that strikes the batter or his bat shall be ruled a foul ball."
Note: NFHS code explicitly states this play is a foul ball ("no foot entirely outside the batter's box"), while NCAA requires the batter to simply be "in the batter's box" similar to OBR; effectively, same as NFHS.

This is the 114th ejection report of the 2016 regular season.
This is the 49th Manager ejection of 2016.
This is Pittsburgh's 11th ejection of 2016, 1st in the NL Central (PIT 11; CIN 6; CHC 3; STL 1; MIL 0).
This is Clint Hurdle's 5th ejection of 2016, 1st since July 3 (Sam Holbrook; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Sam Holbrook's first ejection since July 3, 2016 (Clint Hurdle; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7/20/16 | Video available via "Read more"

Alternate Link: Ball hits Braun in box without intent to interfere, says Holbrook, who tosses Hurdle (PIT)


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