Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Ask UEFL - Pirates Score as Nats Fail to Appeal Fourth Out

We received many Ask the UEFL questions on a botched appeal play during Wednesday's Pirates-Nationals game in Washington as Pittsburgh scored the go-ahead run thanks to the Nats' failure to appeal a fourth out on Jack Suwinski's baserunning in the 5th inning.

Play: With one out and two on (R2, R3), Pirates batter Ke'Bryan Hayes hit a line drive that was caught on the fly by Nationals first baseman Josh Bell (as signaled by 1B Umpire Mark Wegner), who threw to third baseman Ehire Adrianza as Pirates baserunner R2 Hoy Park arrived at third base (from second). Replays indicate that both R2 Park and lead runner R3 Jack Suwinski failed to tag up after batter Hayes' line drive was caught, and Nats F5 Adrianza tagged R2 Park to appeal that he left early, signaled an out by 3B Umpire Jeremie Rehak. Washington then left the field as Pirates manager Derek Shelton exited his dugout to argue with 1B Umpire Wegner about the catch/trap call.

Call: Upon consultation, the umpires ruled batter Hayes out on the caught batted ball and runner R2 Park out on appeal for failing to tag up. R3 Suwinski's run was allowed to score, however, as the Nationals failed to appeal that R3 left early. The Nationals, having already left the playing field, then attempted to return to the field and appeal R3's infraction, but the umpires denied this attempt, ruling the team had forfeited its opportunity to appeal since the infielders had already left the field for the dugout.

Reducing the Play into Its Parts: There are four distinct parts to this play:
1) Batter Hayes' line drive—was it a catch or a trap?
2) Appeal on R2—is R2 Park safe or out?
3) Time Play with R3—does R3 Suwinksi's run score?
4) Fourth Out—does R3 Suwinski's run score?

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

MLB Ejection 086 - Stu Scheurwater (1; Aaron Boone)

HP Umpire Stu Scheurwater ejected Yankees manager Aaron Boone (strike one call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the #Athletics-#Yankees game. With one out and one on, Yankees batter Aaron Judge took a 1-0 sinker from Athletics pitcher Sam Selman for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px 0.33, pz 1.60 [sz_bot 1.84 / RAD 1.72 / MOE 1.63]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 2-0. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is Stu Scheurwater (85)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Stu Scheurwater now has -2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -2).
Crew Chief CB Bucknor now has 2 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 2).
*This pitch was located 0.41 vertical inches from being deemed correct.

This is the 86th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 42nd manager ejection of 2022.
This is New York's 5th ejection of 2022, 2nd in the AL East (TOR 8; NYY 5; BOS, TB 3; BAL 2).
This is Aaron Boone's 3rd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 4 (Marty Foster; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Stu Scheurwater's 1st ejection since August 3, 2021 (Luis Rojas; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Oakland Athletics vs New York Yankees, 6/28/22 | Video as follows:

Teachable - It's All Vanover for Anaheim on Back-Tag

The Oakland Athletics executed a rare bases-loaded double play against the Angels, with right fielder Chad Pinder throwing to Elvis Andrus to double up Tyler Wade on Shohei Ohtani's fly out, 2B Umpire Larry Vanover's call standing after Replay Review.

This Teachable concerns the umpiring crew—and mainly Vanover—'s general positioning as the play develops, with U2 Vanover adjusting his position throughout the play to find an angle to give himself a look at the action area on the backside of second base where Andrus attempted to tag Wade, who attempted to avoid Andrus' glove while sliding in to touch second base.

Meanwhile, we also observe 3B Umpire David Rackley lining himself up for a potential play at third base and discuss the merits of a first base umpire going out vs staying in for this play.

Video as follows:

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Injury Scout - Mike Muchlinski Exits The Bronx

HP Umpire Mike Muchlinski left Sunday's #Astros-#Yankees game in New York after a foul ball to the head.

In the top of the 1st inning, with none out and none on, on the second pitch of the game, Astros batter Michael Brantley fouled a first-pitch 91.9-mph fastball from Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes into Muchlinski's traditional style facemask. Muchlinski remained in the game until the 3rd inning, at which time he was exited.

2B Umpire and Crew Chief Todd Tichenor replaced Muchlinski behind home plate while 1B Umpire John Libka and 3B Umpire Alex Tosi remained in the field.

Relevant Injury History: Mike Muchlinski has previously left a game due to head injury.
> On June 19, 2014, Muchlinski left the White Sox-Twins game after a foul ball to the mask.

Last Game: June 26 | Return to Play: TBD | Time Absent: TBD | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 085 - Nestor Ceja (2; David Bell)

HP Umpire Nestor Ceja ejected Reds manager David Bell (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 9th inning of the #Reds-#Giants game. With two out and one on (R2), Reds batter Matt Reynolds took a 0-2 fastball from Giants pitcher John Brebbia for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer edge of home plate and thigh-high (px 0.89, pz 2.13) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Reds were leading, 10-3. The Reds ultimately won the contest, 10-3.

This is Nestor Ceja (103)'s 2nd ejection of 2022.
Nestor Ceja now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev + 2 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 6).
Crew Chief Bill Welke now has 2 points in Crew Division (1 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 2).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
This pitch was located 0.29 horizontal inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 85th ejection of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 41st manager ejection of 2022.
This is Cincinnati's 1st ejection of 2022, T-4th in the NL Central (CHC 4; STL 3; PIT 2; CIN, MIL 1).
This is David Bell's 1st ejection since August 29, 2021 (Edwin Moscoso; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Nestor Ceja's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since June 22 (Phil Nevin; QOC = N-c [Balk]).

Wrap: Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants, 6/26/22 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejections 077-84 - Bacon, Johnson (SEA-LAA Brawl)

HP Umpire John Bacon ejected Angels pitcher Andrew Wantz and manager Phil Nevin (throwing at Mariners batter Jesse Winker), 3B Umpire Adrian Johnson ejected Mariners LF Winker, manager Scott Servais (fighting), and HP Umpire Bacon ejected Mariners SS JP Crawford, CF Julio Rodriguez, and Angels pitcher Ryan Tepera and pitcher Raisel Iglesias (fighting) in the top of the 2nd inning of the #Mariners-#Angels game. With one out and none on in the top of the 1st inning, Mariners batter Julio Rodriguez took a first-pitch fastball from Wantz for a called first ball, resulting in warnings. In the top of the 2nd, with none out and none on, leadoff batter Winker took a first-pitch fastball from Wantz for a hit-by-pitch, resulting in the ejections of Wantz and Nevin for throwing at Winker after warnings were issued, and inciting a benches-clearing brawl. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and struck Winker on the hip, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the game was tied, 0-0. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

These are John Bacon (70)'s 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th ejections of 2022.
These are Adrian Johnson (80)'s 2nd and 3rd ejections of 2022.
John Bacon now has 12 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 6*[2 AAA + 0 Irrecusable] = 12).
Adrian Johnson now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable] = 8).
Crew Chief Adrian Johnson now has 11 points in Crew Division (3 Prev + 8 Irrecusable Call = 11).

These are the 77th, 78th, 79th, 80th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, and 84th ejections of the 2022 MLB regular season.
These are the 39th and 40th manager ejections of 2022.
These are the 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th player ejections of 2022.
This is Los Angeles' 4-7th ejection of 2022, T-1st in the AL West (LAA, SEA 7; HOU 5; OAK 3; TEX 0).
This is Seattle's 4-7th ejection of 2022, T-1st in the AL West (LAA, SEA 7; HOU 5; OAK 3; TEX 0).
This is Andrew Wantz's first career MLB ejection.
This is Phil Nevin's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since June 21 (Nestor Ceja; QOC = N-c [Balk]).
This is Jesse Winker's 1st ejection since August 29, 2020 (Dan Bellino; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is Scott Servais' 3rd ejection of 2022, 1st since June 6 (Chris Guccione; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is JP Crawford's first career MLB ejection.
This is Julio Rodriguez's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 31 (Lance Barrett; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Ryan Tepera's 1st ejection since August 7, 2018 (Ed Hickox; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Raisel Iglesias' first career MLB ejection.
These are John Bacon's 1st ejections since August 27, 2020 (Craig Counsell; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
These are Adrian Johnson's 2-3rd ejections of 2022, 1st since May 3 (Torey Lovullo; QOC = Y-c [Fair/Foul]).

Saturday, June 25, 2022

2022 No-Hitter 3, Alex Tosi (1; HOU Combined)

HP Umpire Alex Tosi called the Houston Astros' combined no-hitter vs the Yankees in New York, joined by 1B Umpire Mike Muchlinski, 2B Umpire John Libka, and 3B Umpire and Crew Chief Todd Tichenor.

Tosi officiated Cristian Javier, Hector Neris, and Ryan Pressly's combined no-hitter with a net accuracy of 96.9%.

This is Alex Tosi's first career MLB no-hitter.

The UEFL f/x look:
Balls: 114 called balls outside strike zone / 3 called balls within strike zone = 114/117 = 97.4% accuracy.
Strikes: 42 called strikes within strike zone / 2 called strike outside strike zone = 42/44 = 95.5% accuracy.
Total Raw Accuracy Score: 156/161 = 96.9% accuracy (+3 NYY [Favored New York by 3 pitches]).

Thursday, June 23, 2022

MLB Ejection 076 - Nic Lentz (2; Seth Brown)

HP Umpire Nic Lentz ejected Athletics 1B Seth Brown (strike three call; QOCN) after the bottom of the 9th inning of the #Mariners-#Athletics game. With two out and none on, Brown took a 2-2 slider from Mariners pitcher Paul Sewald for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer edge of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px -0.83, pz 1.46 [sz_bot 1.72 / RAD 1.60 / MOE 1.51]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Mariners had won the contest, 2-1.

This is Nic Lentz (59)'s 2nd ejection of 2022.
Nic Lentz now has 2 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = 2).
Crew Chief Laz Diaz now has 2 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 2).
*This pitch was located 0.60 vertical inches from being deemed correct.
^This would be considered a post-participation ejection under NCAA rules, meaning the ejection would be served in the team's next contest. For OBR, however, this is a standard on-field ejection.

This is the 76th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 23rd player ejection of 2022. Prior to ejection, Brown was 1-4 (2 SO) in the contest.
This is Oakland's 4th ejection of 2022, 2nd in the AL West (HOU 5; OAK 4; LAA, SEA 3; TEX 0).
This is Seth Brown's first career MLB ejection.
This is Nic Lentz's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since April 30 (Charlie Montoyo; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics, 6/23/22 | Video as follows:

Teachable - Angel's Angle on Back-Pick Tag at First Base

When Replay Review affirmed 1B Umpire Angel Hernandez's out call on Royals catcher Salvador Perez's pickoff attempt throwing behind Cardinals baserunner R1 José Rondón, it brought to the forefront the importance of angles in the furtherance of making accurate calls on the bases.

In this Tmac's Teachable Moment, we follow Hernandez throughout the pitch-to-pickoff sequence, noting the umpire's hustle to ensure he is in the proper position to attain the keyhole angle most optimal for making this call.

The pre-pitch planning with a runner on first base begins with positioning to rule on a potential pickoff play originating with the pitcher. Coincidentally, this position also lends itself to calling balks or other pitch-based infractions.

As the pitch is thrown—noting that the first base umpire has no check swing responsibilities for a left-handed batter—we see Hernandez hustle to his right, toward the foul line, primarily for a potential fair/foul decision on a batted ball. As positioning to rule on a potential pickoff takes the umpire into a beneficial angle for a potential balk, so too does angling oneself to officiate fair/foul for a potential back-pick from the catcher.

When that throw does occur, Hernandez is already in position at first base to make a call on a fast play.

Video as follows:

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

MLB Ejection 075 - Lance Barrett (3; Guillermo Martinez)

1B Umpire Lance Barrett ejected Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martinez (balls/strikes calls by Doug Eddings the previous game) during the plate meeting prior to the top of the 1st inning of the #BlueJays-#WhiteSox game. During the plate meeting, Blue Jays coach Martinez delivered Toronto's lineup cards, which according to broadcaster Dan Shulman is a fairly rare occurrence; Toronto usually sends a different coach. Shortly after exchanging lineup cards and shaking the umpires' and opposing coach's hands, Martinez was ejected for arguing Eddings' calls from the game one night before, during which Eddings ejected Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker for arguing ball calls, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the game hadn't yet started. The Blue Jays ultimately won the contest, 9-5.

This is Lance Barrett (94)'s 3rd ejection of 2022.
Lance Barrett now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (6 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 8).
Crew Chief Doug Eddings now has 3 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 3).
Related EjectionMLB Ejection 073 - Doug Eddings (2; Pete Walker) (6/21/22).

This is the 75th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is Toronto's 8th ejection of 2022, 1st in the AL East (TOR 8; NYY 4; BOS, TB 3; BAL 2).
This is Guillermo Martinez's first career MLB ejection.
This is Lance Barrett's 3rd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 31 (Julio Rodriguez; QOC = U [USC-NEC]).