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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

MLB Ejections 104-5 - Kerwin Danley (1-2; CIN)

HP Umpire Kerwin Danley ejected Reds RF Yasiel Puig and Manager David Bell (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 6th inning of the Reds-Angels game. With one out and one on (R1), Puig took a first-pitch curveball from Angels pitcher Noe Ramirez for a called first strike before taking a 0-2 fastball from Ramirez for a called third strike. Replays indicate the 0-0 pitch was located off the inner edge of home plate and thigh-high (px -0.94, pz 2.09) while the 0-2 pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and at the knees (px 0.45, pz 1.78 [sz_bot 1.65]), the call was correct.* At the time of the ejections, the Angels were leading, 4-1. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 5-1.

These are Kerwin Danley (44)'s first and second ejections of 2019.
Kerwin Danley now has 11 points in the UEFL Standings (3 Prev + 2*[2 MLB + 2 Correct Call] = 11).
Crew Chief Gerry Davis now has 1 point in Crew Division (-1 Previous + 2 *[1 Correct Call] = 1).
*The pitch under QOC consideration is the 0-2 pitch ruled strike three. This is due to UEFL Rule 6-5-c-5-c, as approved by the UEFL membership during the 2013 UEFL Rules Summit concerning the rule's language of, "realistically resulted in a different outcome of the individual at-bat."
*The 0-2 pitch was located -4.03 vertical inches from being deemed an incorrect call.

These are the 104th and 105th ejection reports of the 2019 MLB regular season.
This is the 44th player ejection of 2019. Prior to ejection, Puig was 0-3 (SO) in the contest.
This is the 55th Manager ejection of 2019.
This is Cincinnati's 10/11th ejection of 2019, 1st in the NL Central (CIN 11; MIL, PIT 5; CHC, STL 2).
This is Yasiel Puig's 2nd ejection of 2019, 1st since April 7 (Jeff Kellogg; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is David Bell's 5th ejection of 2019, 1st since May 29 (Jeff Nelson; QOC = U [Warnings/NEC]).
This is Kerwin Danley's 1st ejection since Sept 19, 2016 (Mitch Moreland; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Angels, 6/25/19 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejections 102-3 - Mike Estabrook (7-8; MIA)

HP Umpire Mike Estabrook ejected Marlins SS Miguel Rojas and Manager Don Mattingly (strike three call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Nationals-Marlins game. With none out and one on (R1), Rojas took a 1-2 slider from Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner edge of home plate and thigh-high (px -0.81, pz 1.79 [sz_bot 1.59]) and that all pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Nationals were leading, 6-1. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 6-1.

These are Mike Estabrook (83)'s seventh and eighth ejections of 2019.
Mike Estabrook now has 28 points in the UEFL Standings (20 Prev + 2*[2 MLB + 2 Correct Call] = 28).
Crew Chief Paul Emmel now has 11 points in Crew Division (9 Previous + 2*[1 Correct Call] = 11).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
*This pitch was located 1.248 horizontal inches from being deemed an incorrect call.

These are the 102nd and 103rd ejection reports of the 2019 MLB regular season.
This is the 43rd player ejection of 2019. Prior to ejection, Rojas was 2-3 (SO) in the contest.
This is the 54th Manager ejection of 2019.
This is Miami's 2/3rd ejection of 2019, T-3rd in the NL East (ATL, WAS 5; MIA, NYM, PHI 3).
This is Miguel Rojas' first career MLB ejection.
This is Don Mattingly's 2nd ejection of 2019, 1st since May 3 (Jeff Nelson; QOC = U [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Mike Estabrook's 7/8th ejection of 2019, 1st since May 26 (Mike Moustakas; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins, 6/25/19 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 101 - Joe West (5; Gabe Kapler)

HP Umpire Joe West ejected Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler (warnings following HBP) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Mets-Phillies game. With two out and none on, Phillies batter Scott Kingery took a 1-1 fastball from Mets pitcher Wilmer Font for a hit-by-pitch. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and struck Kingery in the left shoulder, resulting in warnings upon which Kapler was ejected pursuant to the Official Baseball Rule 6.02(c)(9) and MLB Umpire Manual's Standards for Removal, both of which specify ejection as the prescribed penalty for arguing a warning, while simultaneously directing the umpire to "act without hesitation in enforcement of this rule," the call was irrecusable.* At the time of the ejection, the Phillies were leading, 7-5. The Phillies ultimately won the contest, 7-5.

This is Joe West (22)'s fifth ejection of 2019.
Joe West now has 10 points in the UEFL Standings (8 Prev + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 10).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 0 points in Crew Division (-1 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 0).
*MLBUM states, "If a manager, coach, or player leaves the dugout or his position to dispute a warning, he should be warned to stop; if he continues, he is subject to removal from the game."
*OBR 6.02(c)(9) Comment states, "Team personnel may not come onto the playing surface to argue or dispute a warning issued under Rule 6.02(c)(9). If a manager, coach or player leaves the dugout or his position to dispute a warning, he should be warned to stop. If he continues, he is subject to ejection. To pitch at a batter’s head is unsportsmanlike and highly dangerous. It should be—and is—condemned by everybody. Umpires should act without hesitation in enforcement of this rule."

This is the 101st ejection report of the 2019 MLB regular season.
This is the 53rd Manager ejection of 2019.
This is Philadelphia's 3rd ejection of 2019, T-2nd in the NL East (ATL, WAS 5; NYM, PHI 3; MIA 1).
This is Gabe Kapler's 2nd ejection of 2019, 1st since June 22 (Chris Guccione; QOC = X [Check Swing]).
This is Joe West's 5th ejection of 2019, 1st since April 17 (Dale Sveum; QOC = U [Fighting]).

Wrap: New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 6/25/19 | Video as follows:

Bench Clearing - Contreras HR Begets Bad Blood

Atlanta catcher Tyler Flowers confronted Chicago's Willson Contreras after the latter's 2nd inning home run during Monday's Braves-Cubs game, leading to a benches-clearing incident in front of HP Umpire John Tumpane and Chief Ted Barrett's crew. Tumpane warned both teams during the unsportsmanlike event, but no ejections were effected.

The Play: With none out and none on in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Contreras hit a home run off Braves pitcher Julio Teherán. Replays indicate that after hitting the home run, Conteras turned back toward home plate and made a comment in that direction.

Impending Trash Talk: While rounding third base, Contreras appeared to gesture toward the crowd, after which Flowers animatedly addressed Contreras, leading to further confrontation as Tumpane, ready with his mask and helmet in hand while placing his arm between the two combatants, ordered Contreras to continue onto his dugout. Tumpane then indicated warnings to both teams, and a bench-clearing incident ensued during which Tumpane physically restrained pitcher Teheran along the foul line while crewmates Lance Barksdale, Nic Lentz, and Barrett helped contain the situation.

Ignition: The trouble appeared to begin after Tumpane called a strike on the preceding pitch to Contreras, a fastball located over the inner half of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px -0.25, pz 1.42 [sz_bot 1.53 / RAD 1.41]), the call was correct. As Contreras complained to Tumpane, Flowers appeared to address Contreras, leading to further disagreement as the at-bat culminated in Contreras' home run, resulting in a benches-clearing incident as Contreras scored the run.

Gil's Call: This situation was helped by Tumpane's situational awareness in understand the impending dispute between the two players as Contreras hit his home run. Following Contreras' comments after hitting the home run, Tumpane's game management skill clued him into the possibility that an explosive interaction could take place as Contreras crossed home plate, so he was ready to step between the players upon that event. The remainder of Ted Barrett's crew helped contain the Cubs dugout pursuant to the Division of Halves concept we previously discussed during a Dodgers-Giants fight in 2017, leading to a deescalation of further conflict as Tumpane restrained Teheran, having warned both sides. In this situation, the division line (neutral zone as it were) roughly corresponded with the painted foul line between home plate and third base.
Related PostDodger vs Giants Bench-Clearer and Division of Halves (5/17/17).

Similar Ball/Strike Dispute: In April 2018, HP Umpire Tim Timmons ejected Diamondbacks Manager Torey Lovullo for arguing called strikes in St. Louis. The dispute devolved into a physical confrontation involving Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina after Molina apparently took offense at comments made by Lovullo about Molina's actions in receiving the baseball. As a bonus, the video of the Timmons/Lovullo ejection features an example of the broadcasters' inaccurate interpretation of the on-screen electronic strike zone. In other words, this was yet another instance of FoxTrax/PitchCast causing problems through inaccuracy in StatCast/pitch location reporting: refer to the px/pz values for greater detail.
Related PostMLB Ejection 010 - Tim Timmons (1; Torey Lovullo) (4/8/18).

Video as follows:

Monday, June 24, 2019

Workplace Violence - Ulrich Arrested for Battering Umpire

Continuing in our series about umpire abuse following the MLB Umpires Association's infamous workplace violence tweet, we report Sunday's arrest of a softball player in Des Moines on charges of assault causing bodily injury after allegedly violent and illegal contact with an umpire.

The Des Moines Police Department described the purported crime to WHO-TV as stemming from a foul ball call during a Sunday softball game at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex. 29-year-old Lance Raymond Ulrich, the suspect in this case, purportedly was a player who was upset at the umpire over the call and used profanity in the furtherance of his argument.

Alleged criminal Ulrich.
According to police, the umpire ejected Ulrich after which Ulrich purportedly pushed the umpire to the ground in a moment partially captured on video, resulting in injury. Another player in the game told WHO-TV that the umpire terminated the game following the incident, likely forfeiting the contest in favor of Ulrich's opponent.

The video shows the result of a man in a black jersey—presumably Ulrich—appearing to shove the umpire to the ground, upon which this person appears to stand over the fallen umpire while saying something in his direction before players wearing red jerseys tend to the umpire, who remains on the ground as the alleged suspect walks away. A person in camera range then says, "call the police."

Suspected assaulter Lance Ulrich on film.
After his arrest and booking at Polk County Jail for the violent crime of assault causing bodily injury, alleged criminal Lance Ulrich was purportedly released on bond.

The National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Legislative Scorecard indicates the state of Iowa has not passed laws related to assaults on officials.

According to Gosoftball.com, Ulrich of Saint Marys, Iowa, is a member of the Des Moines-based Clutch softball team. Arrest records indicate inmate Ulrich is associated with the nearby city of Norwalk, Iowa.

According to Iowa Courts public records, two cases have previously been brought against Lance Raymond Ulrich, aged 29 (DOB 6/21/1990): one for a registration violation in 2017 and another a civil suit filed by Home Point Financial Corp in 2018. Court records indicate the Home Point Financial case was recently resolved, with a satisfaction of judgment filing having been entered into the record on June 3, 2019. The initial petition filed in that case pertained to a foreclosure.

Other reports indicate Ulrich formerly served in the military (US Army). Video as follows:

Saturday, June 22, 2019

MLB Ejection 100 - Chris Guccione (1; Gabe Kapler)

HP Umpire Chris Guccione ejected Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler (check swing dead ball strike three call by 1B Umpire Mike Everitt) in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Marlins-Phillies game. With one out and none on, Phillies batter Scott Kingery attempted to check his swing on a 0-2 fastball from Marlins pitcher Elieser Hernandez, ruled a dead ball (HBP) by HP Umpire Guccione and a swinging third strike on appeal by 1B Umpire Everitt. This play is under review by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was *PENDING*. At the time of the ejection, the Phillies were leading, 2-1. The Marlins ultimately won the contest, 5-3.

This is Chris Guccione (68)'s first ejection of 2019.
Chris Guccione now has X points in the UEFL Standings (-3 Prev + 2 MLB + X Call = X).
Crew Chief Mike Everitt now has X points in Crew Division (-2 Previous + X Call = X).
*OBR Definition of Terms: "A STRIKE is a legal pitch when so called by the umpire, which: (e) Touches the batter as he strikes at it."

This is the 100th ejection report of the 2019 MLB regular season.
This is the 52nd Manager ejection of 2019.
This is Philadelphia's 2nd ejection of 2019, 4th in the NL East (ATL, WAS 5; NYM 3; PHI 2; MIA 1).
This is Gabe Kapler's 1st ejection since March 22, 2018 (Tom Hallion; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Chris Guccione's 1st ejection since June 10, 2016 (Dale Sveum; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 6/22/19 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 099 - Roberto Ortiz (1; Ron Gardenhire)

HP Umpire Roberto Ortiz ejected Tigers Manager Ron Gardenhire (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 4th inning of the Tigers-Indians game. With one out and none on, Tigers batter Miguel Cabrera took a first-pitch curveball from Indians pitcher Aaron Civale for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and near the hollow of the knee (px 0.04, pz 1.52 [sz_bot 1.71 / RAD 1.59 / MOE 1.47]), the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Indians were leading, 2-0. The Indians ultimately won the contest, 2-0.

This is Roberto Ortiz (40)'s first ejection of 2019.
Roberto Ortiz now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Marvin Hudson now has 1 point in Crew Division (0 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 1).
*This pitch was located 0.6 horizontal inches from being deemed an incorrect call.
*The Castellanos pitch referred to in the video was located at px .89, QOCY by .288 inches.

This is the 99th ejection report of the 2019 MLB regular season.
This is the 51st Manager ejection of 2019.
This is Detroit's 7th ejection of 2019, 1st in the AL Central (DET 7; CWS, KC 6; CLE, MIN 1).
This is Ron Gardenhire's 6th ejection of 2019, 1st since June 15 (Manny Gonzalez; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Roberto Ortiz's 1st ejection since Sept 15, 2018 (John Gibbons; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians, 6/22/19 | Video as follows:

Friday, June 21, 2019

MLB Ejection 098 - Chad Fairchild (1; Justin Turner)

HP Umpire Chad Fairchild ejected Dodgers 3B Justin Turner (strike one call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Rockies-Dodgers game. With none out and none on, Turner took two called strikes from Rockies pitcher German Marquez before subsequently grounding out and with one out and none on, Dodgers batter Max Muncy took a first-pitch fastball from Marquez for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch to Muncy was located off the inner edge of home plate and thigh-high (px 1.02, pz 2.49), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Dodgers were leading, 2-1. The Dodgers ultimately won the contest, 4-2.

This is Chad Fairchild (4)'s first ejection of 2019.
Chad Fairchild now has -1 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -1).
Crew Chief Paul Emmel now has 9 points in Crew Division (9 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 9).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
*This pitch was located 1.272 horizontal inches from being deemed a correct call.
History: In 2017, Fairchild ejected Turner (reference to having observed a video replay that purportedly contracted the call under dispute), pursuant to the MLBUM Standards for Removal from the Game.
Related PostMLB Ejection 164 - Chad Fairchild (2; Justin Turner) (9/6/17).

This is the 98th ejection report of the 2019 MLB regular season.
This is the 42nd player ejection of 2019. Prior to ejection, Turner was 0-2 in the contest.
This is Los Angeles' 2nd ejection of 2019, 4th in the NL West (SD 5; SF 4; COL 3; LAD 2; ARI 1).
This is Justin Turner's 1st ejection since Sept 6, 2017 (Chad Fairchild; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Chad Fairchild's first ejection since August 15, 2018 (Jose Urena; QOC = U [Throwing At]).

Wrap: Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 6/21/19 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 097 - Chris Conroy (1; Gerardo Parra)

HP Umpire Chris Conroy ejected Nationals PH Gerardo Parra (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Braves-Nationals game. With one out and none on, Parra took a 3-2 fastball from Braves pitcher Jacob Webb for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and above the hollow of the knee (px -1.01, pz 1.73 [sz_bot 1.54]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Nationals were leading, 4-3. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 4-3.

This is Chris Conroy (98)'s first ejection of 2019.
Chris Conroy now has -3 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -3).
Crew Chief Bill Miller now has 8 points in Crew Division (8 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 8).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
*This pitch was located 1.152 horizontal inches from being deemed a correct call.

This is the 97th ejection report of the 2019 MLB regular season.
This is the 41st player ejection of 2019. Prior to ejection, Parra was 0-1 (SO) in the contest.
This is Washington's 5th ejection of 2019, T-1st in the NL East (ATL, WAS 5; NYM 3; MIA, PHI 1).
This is Gerardo Parra's 1st ejection since April 11, 2018 (Brian Gorman; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is Chris Conroy's 1st ejection since August 16, 2017 (Joe Maddon; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals, 6/21/19 | Video as follows:

MLB Suspends Cabrera - Too Harsh or Just Right?

MLB suspended Rangers 3B Asdrubal Cabrera four games for throwing equipment (batting gloves) from the dugout and onto the field that struck Crew Chief Bill Miller in the ankle after HP Umpire Doug Eddings had ejected Cabrera moments earlier for arguing balls and strikes. Was this suspension proper or was it too severe/light?

How does it compare to the MLB-MLBUA Manny Machado one-game suspension kerfuffle—is it related in any way or an entirely separate action? Is there a hidden message from MLB to the union here? And how does it compare to MLB's four-game suspension handed to former Blue Jay Brett Lawrie in 2012 for throwing his batting helmet at the feet of Bill Miller in Toronto, whereupon the helmet bounced up and struck Miller in his side?
Related PostMLBUA Objects to MLB "Inaction" on Machado (6/18/19).
Related PostMLB Ejections 092-94 - Welke, Everitt (SD) (6/15/19).

Finally, Josh Donaldson had his suspension for fighting the Pittsburgh Pirates in Atlanta reduced to zero on appeal. The league originally suspended Donaldson for igniting a bench-clearing incident after Donaldson was hit/grazed by a pitch from Joe Musgrove, resulting in both players' ejection from the game.
Related PostMLB Ejections 078-80 - Brian Gorman (1-3; PIT-ATL) (6/10/19).

The following video analysis presents these incidents for your perusal: