CCS developed from the Left Field Corner: MLB Umpire Ejection Fantasy League, a league dedicated to objectively tracking and analyzing umpire ejections and their corresponding calls, with great regard for the rules and spirit of the game. The UEFL additionally maintains umpiring trend data and statistics, such as most popular reason for ejection (arguing balls and strikes), most commonly ejected personnel (managers) and most common innings for ejection (between the sixth and eighth).
Witnessed a close or controversial call in a recent game? Want a rule explained or the Close Call Sports crew to review a play and determine if the call on the field or court was the correct call? You've come to the right place. Close Call Sports is dedicated to that long-held officiating axiom, getting the call right.
Close Call Sports and Umpire Ejection Fantasy League Staff
Founder, Owner and Chief UEFL and TFFL Commissioner
Close Call Sports founder Gil Imber created the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League in 2006 and is its current owner and one of two UEFL Commissioners. This League remains the flagship portion of the CCS website.
He is a rules expert and provides analysis of events which involve rule interpretations or their applications. He has previously written about MLB ejections, NCAAF instant replay and the subconscious referee homey vs conscious homer effect.
Known for his objective and fair analysis of rules related situations and Bleacher Report's first and only Rules Featured Columnist, Imber is a current basketball official, having previously officiated collegiate football, softball and baseball, in addition to basketball.
A classically trained pianist, Imber specializes musically in the esoteric field of the ballpark organ and is a member of the ATOS (American Theatre Organ Society). He is also a member of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) with research interests and expertise in the fields of officiating, umpires, rules, instant replay and ejections. His SABR profile is available at http://profile.sabr.org/member/umpireejections.
Deputy UEFL Commissioner
Jeremy Dircks joined the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League as Deputy Commissioner prior to the 2011 season and assisted with the expansion of the UEFL to Close Call Sports.
A rules aficionado, he is adamant and passionate discussing whether the rules of the game are adhered to through his knowledge, analysis and application of the rules to a given situation.
Known for his logical application and understanding of the rules, Dircks most recently served as a basketball and football official (serving as a line/flank and back judge), having previously officiated collegiate soccer and softball, in addition to basketball and football.
Umpire Ejection Fantasy League Appeals Board
In addition to the CCS and UEFL staff, the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League established an Appeals Board prior to its 2012 season. The following is the all-time UEFL Appeals Board roster.
- Albertaumpire, 2012
- Arik G, 2013-present
- BillMueller, 2012
- cyclone14, 2014-present
- Gil Imber, 2012-present
- JD, 2014-present
- Jeremy Dircks, 2012-present
- Joe Gravina, 2014
- johnnyg08, 2014
- RichMSN, 2012-present
- tmac, 2012-present
- Turducken, 2013-present
- yawetag, 2012-2013