Thursday, March 31, 2016

Case Play 2016-1, The Dropped Third Strike [Solved]

It's never too early for a Case Play and this dropped third strike situation during a lower level game is a great pre-season test.

The Play: With none out, none on, and a two-strike count, the batter attempts to strike a fastball, missing the pitch as it traveled through the strike zone. The catcher, too, misses his catch, as the ball bounces off his glove and into the air, where it strike's the bat as the batter completes his natural backswing. As the deflected ball caroms toward the wall behind home plate, the batter-runner arrives at first base ahead of the catcher's throw.

Question: Using professional rules, what is the call? State what happens to B1 (Is he out or safe? At first base or home plate?) and whether the ball is alive or dead during this odd sequence.

Answer: The batter is out. Explanation: This play is the rarely seen bat-hits-ball element of Backswing/Weak interference, OBR Rule 6.03(a)(3): "He interferes with the catcher’s fielding or throwing by stepping out of the batter’s box or making any other movement that hinders the catcher’s play at home base." Because this rule may be vague and requires explanation, 6.03(a)(3) Comment elucidates and describes the precise "any other movement" scenario depicted in this Case Play:
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 backswing, it shall be called a strike only (not interference). The ball will be dead, however, and no runner shall advance on the play.
Bold emphasis is mine. To put it all together, the pitched ball, struck at and missed by the batter, bounced into and out of the catcher's glove; this uncaught third strike subsequently was unintentionally hit by the bat as it was in back of the batter and on the backswing; therefore, the call is "strike," the ball is dead, and no advancement occurs. Result: THE BATTER IS OUT.

Note that Rule 6.01(a)(1) Comment ("If the pitched ball deflects off the catcher or umpire and subse- quently touches the batter-runner, it is not considered interfer- ence unless, in the judgment of the umpire, the batter-runner clearly hinders the catcher in his attempt to field the ball") does not apply to this situation, because the ball did not touch the batter-runner: it touched his bat.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

MLB Ejection S-2 - Joey Amaral (S1; Manny Machado)

HP Umpire Joey Amaral ejected Orioles 3B Manny Machado for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Tigers-Orioles game. With one out and none on, Machado took a 2-2 fastball from Tigers pitcher Shane Greene for a called third strike. Replays are objectively inconclusive as to the precise location of the pitch (pitch f/x unavailable), the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Tigers were leading, 2-0. The Tigers ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is Joey Amaral (-, but wearing Will Little's #93 plate shirt)'s first ejection of Spring Training 2016.
Joey Amaral now has 0 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 0 ST + 0 Irrecusable Call = 0).
Crew Chief Chad Fairchild now has 0 points in Crew Division (0 Previous + 0 ST = 0).

This is the second ejection of the 2016 preseason.
This is the 2nd player ejection of Spring Training 2016. Prior to ejection, Machado was 0-3 in the contest.
This is the Orioles' 1st ejection of Spring 2016, T-1st in the Grapefruit League (BAL, NYM 1; Others 0).
This is Manny Machado's first ejection since May 28, 2015 (Toby Basner; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Joey Amaral's first career MLB ejection.

Wrap: Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles (Grapefruit League Spring Training), 3/30/16
Video: Machado disagrees with K3 and draws a line in the dirt to show it; gets tossed (BAL, "Read more")

UEFL University - Video Rulebook Home Page

Welcome to UEFL University, the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's instructional initiative that presents and illustrates the playing rules of baseball. The purpose of this baseball video rulebook is education for key baseball stakeholders: its coaches, players, umpires, and fans.
Ball Strike Batted Ball
Safe Out Awards and Penalties
The Playing Field Ejections Instant Replay Review

How to Use UEFL University's Video Rulebook: The Video Rulebook home page features a table with nine images. Click any image to be taken to a page that visually illustrates that principle.

Top Row: Pitched Ball. A pitched ball generally will result in a Ball, Strike, or Batted Ball.
Middle Row: In the Field. A ball put into play will often yield a Safe, Out or an Award/Penalty.
Bottom Row: Extracurriculars. Describes the Playing Field, Ejections, and Instant Replay Review.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

UEFL University - Video Rulebook - Replay Review

The following UEFL video rulebook entry is Replay Review, or reviewable plays via video instant replay review. Replay Review may be initiated in one of two ways: By Manager's Challenge or by Crew Chief Review. Each team receives one Manager's Challenge per game (two challenges during the postseason), which the team retains until they unsuccessfully challenge a play. An umpire can initiate the Crew Chief Review beginning in the 7th inning and only if a team is out of challenges. All reviewable plays, with the exception of possible home run calls and scorekeeping issues, may be requested via Manager's Challenge; home run plays and scorekeeping reviews must be initiated via the Crew Chief and can be reviewed at any point during a game. The following are reviewable plays:
Safe or Out (Timing)
Safe or Out (Timing on Force Play)
Safe or Out (Tag)
Safe or Out (Tag of the Runner)
Safe or Out (Touch)
Safe or Out (Touch of the Base)
Appeal (Touching a Base)
Appeal Play (Touching a Base)
Appeal (Tagging Up Timely)
Appeal Play (Tagging Up/Timing)
Passing a Runner
Trail Passing the Preceding Runner
Hit by Pitch, Foul, or Ball (No Contact with Hitter)
Hit by Pitch, Foul, or Ball (Contact)
Timing Plays
Timing Play Regarding the 3rd Out
Record and Scorekeeping Issues
Scorekeeping Issues (the count, etc.)
Fair or Foul in the Outfield
Fair or Foul (Non-HR in Outfield)
Catch or Trap
Catch or Trap of a Batted Ball
Catch and Transfer or Drop
Catch and Drop on Transfer or Not
Boundary and Grounds
Stadium Boundary and Grounds
Possible Home Run
Any Potential Home Run
Home Plate Collision Rule
HP Collision or 2B Interference Rule

Monday, March 28, 2016

UEFL University - Video Rulebook - Ejections

The following UEFL video rulebook entry pertains to ejection, a prescribed penalty for unsporting conduct:
Arguing Balls and Strikes
Leaving one's position to argue balls/strikes, check swings, warnings, or balks is grounds for ejection.
Arguing an Earlier Call or Call from Previous Game
Arguing an earlier call or claiming video contradicts the on-field ruling may result in immediate ejection.
Arguing a Replay Review or Reversed Call
Arguing a Replay Review decision or a call reversed after umpire conference may result in ejection.
Use of Histrionic Gestures
Use of histrionic gestures during an argument or in protest of a call is a ground for automatic ejection.
Actions Intended to Ridicule
Actions specifically intended to ridicule an umpire (e.g., drawing a line in the dirt) may result in ejection.
Throwing Equipment
Throwing equipment or uniform apparel in disgust over a call, or at an umpire/opponent is ejectable.
Prolonged Arguing
Excessive or a refusal to stop arguing after being instructed to, or employing personal, prolongedprofane or lewd conduct is grounds for ejection.
Physical Contact with Umpire
Physical contact with an umpire is cause for ejection. Spitting on, intentionally assaulting, or battering an umpire shall result in immediate ejection.
Failure to Comply with an Order
Failure to comply with an umpire's order to do or refrain from doing something, such as entering the batter's box, is grounds for ejection from the game.
Foreign Substance
A pitcher may be ejected for possession of an illegal foreign substance on his person while a batter may be removed from the game for illegal equipment, such as corked bat.
Intentionally Throwing at a Batter
Intentionally pitching at the batter is a  dangerous and ejectable offense. A less severe infraction may result in the issuance of warnings that the next occurrence will result in ejections.
Fighting
Fighting, including charging the mound, shall result in ejection of combatants determined to have instigated or substantively participated in the brawl event.