Press

Long before Close Call Sports came into existence, the Left Field Corner was launched as a small blog on LiveJournal. From 2007 through March 2011, the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League existed in this location until a move to the more reliable and customizable blogspot address, umpireejections.blogspot.com.

Over the years, the UEFL and CCS have evolved from an occasional e-mail that might have read: "5/9/06: Umpire Charlie Reliford (1, NYY Bernie Williams), Umpire Doug Eddings (1, NYM Julio Franco)" (look it up, it's accurate) to one of the first Left Field Corner blog posts, "Ejections: Rob Drake (1)." In 2010, the league opened to non-invitees and in 2011, the UEFL welcomed 37 participants.

Close Call Sports has always been dedicated to objective and fair analysis, transparency and accuracy. Interaction amongst website visitors and subscribers is accordingly encouraged, as is feedback via e-mail to the CCS staff.

If you require accurate and timely rules interpretations, call analysis or other officiating-related services, rest assured Close Call Sports is devoted to delivering quality results.

Contact our staff today!
E-mail: info@closecallsports.com

Press

Featured:
"Rewind this: Are umpire-manager spats about to become extinct?" San Jose Mercury News, 3/20/14
"UmpTalk Episode #14: Gil Imber of Close Call Sports," UmpTalk Podcast (Audio), 2/11/14
"Drafting Umps and Counting Ejections: The Fantasy League That Keeps MLB Honest," Sports Illustrated Extra Mustard, 9/27/13
"Umpire Crew Perfect in San Francisco Games," Major League Umpires Blog, 10/30/12
"2012 Ejections Down 16% from 2011," Featured by Baseball Think Factory Newsstand, 8/21/12
2012 NFHS Football Rules Changes, "2012 Rules Changes," Featured as Educational Material by Long Beach, Los Padres/Central Coast and other State of California Football Officials Associations
Imber, Gil. "2012 Summer Olympics: Lolo Jones & US Athletes Seek Science to Gain an Edge"
Imber, Gil. "Gender Equality in Sports, Discrimination or Necessary Evil," Featured by ifeminists.com
http://cascreamindude.livejournal.com"Give Us a Break," REFEREE Magazine, November 2009







Publication Cited:
Routledge Handbook of Sport Communication. Ed. Paul M. Pedersen. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2013. Print and e-book.
Billings, Andrew C. & Brody J. Ruihley. The Fantasy Sport Industry. United Kingdom: Routledge, 2012. Print and e-book.
Goldblatt, Andrew. Major League Umpires' Performance, 2007-2010. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. 2011. Print and e-book.

Linkbacks, References and Blogs:

"Examining ejection rates in 2014," Lookout Landing, July 14, 2014
"Ejections are actually on the rise this season," MLB.com, June 26, 2014
"Reviewing Saturday's home plate review," Athletics Nation, June 1, 2014
"The refs in the OKC-Clippers game made the right call," SportsonEarth, May 14, 2014
"Why do MLB managers get ejected at a FAR higher rate than head coaches in the other sports?" Tangotiger (The Book), May 6, 2014
"Umpire 'with a personality' gets the call to the big leagues," Minor League Ball, April 18, 2014
"Baseball Replay Works—And It's Terrible," The New Yorker, April 18, 2014
"A Welcome Casualty of the Replay System: On-Field Tantrums," theScore, April 15, 2014
"Mariners lose to A's, don't get ice cream," Lookout Landing, April 13, 2014
"Tracking instant replay results," Beyond the Box Score, April 7, 2014
"Did instant replay kill the art of the manager argument?", SBNation, April 7, 2014
"Game thread: Mariners at A's - game no. 4," Seattle Times, April 3, 2014
"MLB Replay Reviews Took an Average of 1:39," Deadspin, April 1, 2014
"MLB Handicapping: 2014 Umpire Crews," SportsMemo, March 31, 2014
"Bryce Harper ejected from spring training game," FOX Sports, March 26, 2014
"Weiss, Rockies can benefit from addition of instant replay," Purple Row, March 22, 2014
"Instant Replay Gets in Shape," Gammons Daily, March 12, 2014
"Joe Maddon and the Rays continue twisting baseball's rules in their favor," Philly.com, March 7, 2014
"Reddick 3.16 (and 2.00(d))," Athletics Nation (SB Nation), Oct 9, 2013
"Blue Jays' Jose Bautista loses another battle with an umpire," National Post, July 28, 2013
"MLB Umpire Brian Runge Reportedly Fired Following Drug Violation," Bleacher Report, July 2, 2013
"Former MLB umpire wishes Marquette's Hamari well during outing," The Mining Journal, June 28, 2013
"Ump Show Update," Prospect Insider, June 10, 2013
"Umpiring in the AL West," Prospect Insider, May 12, 2013
"Umpire Marty Foster Hates the Rays," Sports Grid, May 7, 2013
"Spring training ejection?", Yahoo! Sports, February 28, 2013
"Optical Illusions & Dr. Strangeglove," Bless You Boys, August 29, 2012
The Hardball Times (THT Links), August 21, 2012
"Chart: You're outta here," StarTribune | Twins/MLB, August 21, 2012.
"MLB umpires: Danger zone ahead?," StarTribune | Twins/MLB, August 21, 2012
"On Our Bold Predictions," You Can't Predict Baseball, July 11, 2012
"Better Know an Umpire," Deadspin, April - July, 2012
"Brett Lawrie tirade raises questions for umps, fans and MLB," USA Today, May 16, 2012
"Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie awaits news of suspension," thestar, May 16, 2012
"Welcome to the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League: Span 'n' Gardy edition," StarTribune | Twins/MLB, 4/18, 2012
"UEFL: 2011 Ejections of the Year," Baseball Think Factory, November 4, 2011
"Baseball's most ejection-happy umpirs and how to bet them," Covers, July 8, 2011
"Umpire Ejections: 17 Managers, Players & Coaches Tossed So Far in July," Huffington Post, July 8, 2011
"Umpires and Teams Not Making Nice," ESPN, July 6, 2011
"The Real Life Adventures of Joe West," FanGraphs, May 5, 2011
"The Definition of Obstruction," Baseball Umpiring, September 4, 2010
"MLB Umpire Ejection Fantasy League," Amazin' Avenue (SB Nation), July 28, 2010
"Umpire Fantasy League, You Say?", MLB Pro Blog (Keith Olbermann), May 1, 2010
"Meet the Cards-Dodgers NLDS Umpiring Crew," The Cardinal Nation Blog, October 7, 2009

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