Wednesday, August 15, 2018

MLB Ejections 123-124 - Nauert, Fairchild (2, 2; MIA-ATL)

3B Umpire Paul Nauert ejected Braves Manager Brian Snitker (fighting) and HP Umpire Chad Fairchild ejected Marlins pitcher Jose Ureña (throwing at Braves batter Ronald Acuña resulting in injury; QOCU) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Marlins-Braves game. With none out and none on, Ureña's first pitch of the ballgame stuck Acuña for a hit-by-pitch. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and made contact with Acuña on his left arm and elbow, resulting in a bench-clearing incident during which Snitker was ejected for fighting and after which Ureña was ejected for intentionally throwing at a batter, the call was irrecusable. At the time both ejections, the Marlins were leading, 1-0.

This is Chad Fairchild (4)'s second ejection of 2018.
This is Paul Nauert (39)'s second ejection of 2018.
Chad Fairchild now has 11 points in the UEFL Standings (9 Prev + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 11).
Paul Nauert now has 2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 2).
Crew Chief Paul Nauert now has 4 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 2*[1 Irrecusable Call] = 4).

This is the 123rd and 124th ejection report of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is the 49th Manager ejection of 2018.
This is the 61st player ejection of 2018. Prior to ejection, Ureña's line was 0.0 IP, HBP.
This is Atlanta's 3rd ejection of 2018, 4th in the NL East (WAS 6; NYM 5; MIA 4; ATL 3; PHI 0).
This is Miami's 4th ejection of 2018, 3rd in the NL East (WAS 6; NYM 5; MIA 4; ATL 3; PHI 0).
This is Brian Snitker's 3rd ejection of 2018, 1st since March 31 (Jerry Layne; QOC = U [Pace of Play]).
This is Jose Ureña's first career MLB ejection.
This is Paul Nauert's 2nd ejection of 2018, 1st since May 17 (Jeff Banister; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Chad Fairchild's 2nd ejection of 2018, 1st since June 20 (Alcides Escobar; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves, 8/15/18 | Video as follows:

2018 Instant Replay - Status Report at Review No. 1000

Wednesday's first manager's challenge of the day marked MLB's 1,000th Replay Review of the 2018 season, a decision that overturned 1B Umpire Larry Vanover's out call to that of safe during the White Sox-Tigers game. Here's a look back at the first thousand video reviews of the season and the associated umpire stats and sabermetrics.

Summary and Quick Stats at Replay #1000:
Total Upheld: 518 (51.8%).
Total Overturned: 482 (48.2%).

Leaderboard - Top 10 Umpires in RAP
Rank Umpire Name Upheld Overturned RAP
1 Tumpane, John 10 2 .833
2 Timmons, Tim 9 2 .818
3 Davis, Gerry 11 3 .786
4 Fairchild, Chad 7 2 .778
4 Scheurwater, Stu 7 2 .778
4 Rackley, David 7 2 .778
7 Libka, John 3 1 .750
8 Estabrook, Mike 5 2 .714
9 Additon, Ryan 7 3 .700
9 Reynolds, Jim 7 3 .700

Reviews by Call Type. Click for full graphic.
Leaderboard - Teams

Leaderboard - Reasons for Review
1. Out/Safe (Force - 1st) - 235 reviews (.336 RAP).
2. Out/Safe (Tag - Into Base) - 146 reviews (.657 RAP).
3. Out/Safe (Tag - Stolen Base) - 135 reviews (.519 RAP).
4. Out/Safe (Pulled Foot) - 72 reviews (.597 RAP).
5. Out/Safe (Tag - Pickoff) - 66 reviews (.439 RAP).

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

MLB Ejections 121-122 - Eric Cooper (3-4; Puig, Hundley)

HP Umpire Eric Cooper ejected Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig and Giants C Nick Hundley (fighting/inciting bench-clearing incident) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Dodgers-Giants game. With two out and none on, Puig slapped at his bat following a foul ball, provoking a verbal response from Hundley, after which Puig and Hundley's verbal confrontation turned physical when Puig shoved Hundley, resulting in a bench-clearing incident after which both players were ejected for fighting, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the Giants were leading, 1-0. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

These are Eric Cooper (56)'s third and fourth ejections of 2018.
Eric Cooper now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev + 2*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call] = 6).
Crew Chief Eric Cooper now has 2 points in Crew Division (0 Previous + 2*[1 Irrecusable Call] = 2).

This is the 121st and 122nd ejection report of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is the 59th player ejection of 2018. Prior to ejection, Puig was 0-3 (2 SO)* in the contest.
This is the 60th player ejection of 2018. Prior to ejection, Hundley was 1-2 (SO) in the contest.
This is Los Angeles' 7th ejection of 2018, 1st in the NL West (LAD 7; SD, SF 6; ARI 5; COL 4).
This is San Francisco's 6th ejection of 2018, T-2nd in the NL West (LAD 7; SD, SF 6; ARI 5; COL 4).
This is Yasiel Puig's first ejection since March 16, 2017 (Tom Woodring; QOC = U [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Nick Hundley's first ejection since May 18, 2015 (Hunter Wendelstedt; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Eric Cooper's 3/4th ejection of 2018, 1st since July 3 (Jim Riggleman; QOC = U [USC-NEC]).

*Includes Puig's strikeout as completed by pinch hitter Austin Barnes.

Wrap: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 8/14/18 | Video as follows:

Joe West Passes Froemming for 2nd Most Games Ump'd

Congratulations to MLB's senior umpire Joe West, who writes a new page of history this week in Minnesota as he passes Bruce Froemming for the number two spot on baseball's Most Games Umpired List with 5,163 regular season games officiated.

Bill Klem, long considered the grandfather of professional umpiring, and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, holds the number one spot on the list, with 5,372 regular season games umpired and, come Wednesday when West passes Froemming, is the only official standing between West and the "Most Games Umpired" title.

West already holds the "Most X Umpired" title as it relates to Most Years Umpired (currently 41) and Most World Series Games Umpired Amongst Active Umpires (currently 34). Fellow veteran crew chief Gerry Davis holds the Most Postseason Games Umpired [All-Time] record (presently 143, compared to West's 123).

West's 176 career ejections is also the most on the active roster (e.g., Klem had 305 in his career).

At West's current rate of approximately 125 to 130 games-per-season, assuming a consistent schedule without interruption, he would pass Klem and achieve 5,373 games officiated at some point during the 2020 MLB season, likely before the All-Star Break.

2018 is West's 41st season in the major leagues, including his National League debut year of 1976 (eight games officiated), and excluding the 2000 and 2001 seasons, when West was absent as one of 22 umpires to lose his job during the 1999 MLUA mass resignation event.
Related PostWUA Rebrands as MLB Umpires Launch MLBUA (8/13/18).

By contrast, Froemming spent 37 years on the NL and MLB field from 1971 through 2007 (he did not lose his job in 1999), although Froemming didn't have to contend with losing out on games due to expanded instant replay and the Replay Review room.

SIDEBAR: No Replay For Joe? Interestingly enough, West's retrosheet numbers of 128.75 games-per-season suggest that he is staying on the field and officiating games instead of spending a week or two at MLBAM's replay headquarters in New York.

Related: West ump'd his 5,000th game in 2017.
Other staff umpires, for instance, have averaged 110-120 games-per-season since 2014—while comparable crew chiefs have averaged up to 122 games per season since 2014 (Gerry Davis, averaged 117 games-per-season since 2014...running down the list of seniority, the numbers were as follows: Dana DeMuth (94*), Gary Cederstrom (113*), Jerry Layne (88*), Brian Gorman (96*), Jeff Kellogg (104), Tom Hallion (116), Mike Winters (109*), Fieldin Culbreth (112), Ted Barrett (121), Jeff Nelson (122), Bill Miller (121), Jerry Meals (121), Larry Vanover (113*), Mike Everitt (112*), Paul Emmel (117), Sam Holbrook (115^), and Mark Wegner (118)—compared to West's 129 games-per-season average.

*Indicates Disabled List appearances or other absences influenced the numbers. Because the sample size of four seasons is so small, the outliers were not excluded unless they were zero. Even so, the maximum number of seasonal games worked by a non-Joe West crew chief from 2014-17 was 127 games [Sam Holbrook, 2017]). West's totals exceeded the non-West crew chief maximum twice (124 in 2014, 138 in 2015, 121 in 2016, and 132 in 2017).

^Holbrook's seasonal totals exclude 2014 (zero games officiated).

H/T: @MLBUA first reported this story.

Video as follows:

MLB Ejections 119-120 - Phil Cuzzi (1-2; Maddon, Zobrist)

HP Umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Cubs Manager Joe Maddon in the bottom of the 6th and 2B Ben Zobrist (strike three call; QOCN) at the end of the 8th inning of the Brewers-Cubs game. In the 6th, with none out and one on (R2), Cubs batter Ben Zobrist took a 3-2 slider from Brewers pitcher Jhoulys Chacin for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and thigh-high (px -.969, pz 2.746), the call was incorrect.* At the time of Maddon's ejection, the Brewers were leading, 6-0.

In the 8th, Cubs batter Javier Baez struck out swinging as Zobrist waited on deck. Following the conclusion of the inning, Zobrist engaged Cuzzi in a conversation pertaining to the 6th inning strike three call, resulting in his ejection, the call was incorrect.^ At the time of Zobrist's ejection, the Brewers were leading, 7-0. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 7-0.

These are Phil Cuzzi (10)'s first and second ejections of 2018.
Phil Cuzzi now has -11 points in the UEFL Standings (-7 Prev + 2*[2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call] = -11).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has -8 points in Crew Division (-8 Previous + 2*[0 Incorrect Call] = -8).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
This pitch was located 0.66 horizontal inches from being deemed a correct call.
^Zobrist's ejection is QOCN pursuant to UEFL Rule 6-5-c-3, which states, "Ejections, wherein an argument for a previously ruled play (either correct or incorrect) continues into a later play (i.e., some point after a pitch has been delivered to the next batter), shall be ruled QOC Y/N under Rule 6-2-b-5."

This is the 119th ejection report of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is the 48th Manager ejection of 2018.
This is the 58th player ejection of 2018. Prior to ejection, Zobrist was 1-3 (SO) in the contest.
This is Chicago-NL's 8th ejection of 2018, 1st in the NL Central (CHC 8; MIL 4; CIN 3; PIT, STL 2).
This is Joe Maddon's 3rd ejection of 2018, 1st since August 10 (Bill Miller; QOC = Y [RLI/Interference]).
This is Ben Zobrist's first career MLB ejection.
This is Phil Cuzzi's first ejection since July 30, 2017 (Miguel Sano; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs, 8/14/18 | Video as follows:

Monday, August 13, 2018

WUA Rebrands as MLB Umpires Launch MLBUA

In August 2017, Angel Hernandez ejected Ian Kinsler, whose post-game tirade prompted the World Umpires Association (WUA)'s white wristband protest against umpire abuse. One year later, the Major League Baseball Umpires Association (@MLBUA) serves as MLB umpiring's new brand, replacing WUA, alongside a new union website and social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube.

MLB umpires' new website is
MLB umps' now joins NBA (National Basketball Referees Association,, NHL (National Hockey League Officials Association,, NFL (NFL Referees Association,, and MLS (Professional Referee Association, officials as the final sport of North America's "big five" to take its officiating union public with a website and/or social media accounts.

MLBUA explained the major league umpires' transition from WUA to MLBUA in an introductory blog post on the new association's website:

The union representing MLB Umpires has a new name – the Major League Baseball Umpires Association ("the MLBUA"). MLB Umpires are re-engaging with the baseball world with a new logo, a new website, and a social media presence. This re-engagement is historically significant. As the officials of baseball, Umpires have traditionally maintained a quiet position in off-line conversations about the game.  Now, we have the tools to engage in the ongoing dialog about America’s favorite game throughout the year. In addition to this website, you can also follow the MLBUA through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Already, MLBUA on Twitter has tweeted out a reply to Joe Girardi's suggestion that umpires call pitches from behind the mound, highlighted the important work of UMPS CARE Charities, recounted that one time a moth flew into Bruce Dreckman's ear, and tweeted at a few broadcasters, too.
Related PostJoe West Greets Girardi's Ump Proposal with Snark & Stat (8/7/18).
Related PostInjury Scout - Dreckman's Moth Ear Canal Adventure (8/9/18).

As MLBUA wrote, this latest move "is historically significant." How so and what's the history?

How Did We Get Here? A history of a union entering the digital age.
In 1970, umpires seeking better compensation staged a one-day strike during the American and National League Championship Series, prompting both the AL and NL presidents to acknowledge a union as a representative of all major league umpires (and to give the umpires a pay raise). This union was called the Major League Umpires Association (MLUA).

MLUA and Richie Phillips: Pennsylvania labor lawyer Richie Phillips, who had successfully gotten NBA referees a three-fold salary increase in the 1970s, was tapped to serve as general counsel and executive director of the MLUA in 1978, holding the position over the next two decades while securing new labor agreements and such while representing the umpires to the two league offices: from '78 to '99, umpires salaries increased from $17,500 to $95,000 for rookies and from $40,000 to $282,500 for experienced veterans. That's a 443% increase for rookies in about 22 years.

By contrast, per the Wendelstedt School, MLB umpires presently start at $120,000/yr, which amounts to a 21% increase over approximately 19 years from 2000 to 2018 (120-95=25; 25/120=20.8%). The key difference, naturally, is that the 1978-99 period started with a much lower salary than did the 2000-18 era.

Richie Phillips, former MLUA general counsel.
By 1999—a so-called contract year for the umpires (CBA negotiation year)—MLUA's relationship with MLB had deteriorated to such a point that the league, in an effort to exert greater control over its umpires in the AL and NL, proposed a restructuring maneuver that would merge the two bodies into one central MLB umpiring staff, answering to the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, as opposed to the AL or NL president. As its first order of business, the newly emboldened Office of the Commissioner (BOC) sought to raise the strike zone, which upset the MLUA, which felt that MLB was attempting to suffocate its membership.

The MLUA also feared that MLB was angling to fire its umpires when the contract ran out on December 31, 1999.

In July 1999, MLUA voted to strike to head-off a potential MLB-imposed lockout, but this proved problematic: the CBA Phillips had negotiated with MLB in effect through 1999 prohibited strikes, so Phillips proposed a different strategy to counter a potential mass-firing: mass resignation, which would trigger about $15 million in severance payments, not to mention depleting a majority of the staff, both circumstances that Phillips was counting on MLB to consider as untenable and unacceptable.

AL Umpire Ken Kaiser lost his job in 1999.
Suffice it to say, the move was a miscalculation. For instance, if MLB was indeed angling to fire the top AL and NL umpires, it likely wouldn't consider a mass resignation as worse for its numbers than a mass firing, and MLB seemed willing to absorb the multi-million dollar cost in exchange for greater control over the umpiring staff.

Mass Resignation: Though 57 MLUA umpires (of 66 total, which excludes Derryl Cousins and John Shulock, who were not members of MLUA because they crossed the picket line to work during the 1979 umpires' strike) sent letters of resignation, Phillips' plan backfired as 42 of the resigning umpires opted, as a group, to rescind their resignations, leaving the MLUA fractured and vulnerable.

MLB pounced, accepting 22 resignations and hiring 25 minor league replacements, opting to cherry pick which of the resigned umpires to hire back. Suddenly, long-time major league umpires such as Gary Darling, Larry Vanover, Joe West, and Bob Davidson were out of baseball. A few, such as Rich Garcia and Frank Pulli, landed Supervisor gigs with the league.
Related PostPlate Meeting Podcast Episode 1 - Bob Davidson (7/17/18).

Fates of the 22 accepted-resignation umpires.
The Resigned 22: Through years of arbitration, lawsuits, new CBA negotiations, and other remedies, including several umpires who re-entered minor league baseball in an effort to work their way back to the big leagues (Davidson, Tom Hallion, Ed Hickox), 11 of the 22 umpires whose resignations were accepted eventually made it back to the MLB level; some of the others, including Jim Evans, Dale Ford, and Ken Kaiser, retired with severance; some, such as Drew Coble, Frank Pulli, and Terry Tata, received back pay; and the rest, including Eric Gregg, simply lost their careers.

World Umpires Association: Shortly thereafter, the remaining umpires voted to decertify the MLUA, push Phillips out, and replace it with the World Umpires Association, voting John Hirschbeck as president.

Through presiding officers Hirschbeck and successor Joe West, the WUA continued negotiating CBAs and represented the new, combined AL/NL umpires as one full-time MLB umpiring staff (which invited Cousins and Shulock back into the fold, given the MLUA's dissolution).

WUA's First Website: In the year 2000, WUA launched its website, announcing the union's purpose, objectives, and activities—sort of a public major-league umpires' newsletter. Over the years, the website highlighted umpires' accomplishments, engaged in recruitment efforts with advertisements for umpire schools, and provided general information about umpiring and the WUA umpires.

WUA's website, circa 2008.
The website did not, however, make a habit of explaining the rules of the game, responding to team discontent, or generally interacting with non-officials.

By 2010, however, the website had fallen into an apparent state of disrepair, destined to an infinite loop of redirects and error messages; WUA's last stable site appeared online in 2008.

Around this time, came on the scene, but with a copyright of "Joe West Co.," this may have better been deemed umpire Joe West's personal venture, as opposed to a continuation of WUA's activities.

For all intents and purposes, in that case, WUA's online presence dropped to a minimal level, while Joe West Co.'s majorleagueumpires site and West Vest Blog continued posting umpiring information and news into early 2016.

Kinsler, Hernandez, and WUA's White Wristband Protest: The related post, linked below, contains a far more detailed account of the events between 2011 and 2017, but in summary form, WUA and BOC's relationship began to experience a new source of friction as players became more emboldened in their public, and often profane, criticism of umpires, while receiving little if any meaningful discipline from newly-installed MLB Vice President of Baseball Operations Joe Torre, now Chief Baseball Officer.

The pendulum which had once favored the umpires in the second half of the 20th century had crossed back over the median in a significant way, jumpstarted by the 1999 shakeup, and was on its way toward the "Open Season on Umpires" terminus.
Related PostWUA-MLB Relations Deteriorate with New Umpire Protest (8/19/17).

Angel's ejection of Kinsler woke up the WUA.
From its suspension of Bob Davidson alongside Charlie Manuel for an ejection in Philadelphia to its lack of action when Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon repeatedly bashed DJ Reyburn in a 2012 postgame interview, to its treatment of Angel Campos' career following ejections involving Don Mattingly's Dodgers, to its failure to suspend David Ortiz for violently destroying a dugout phone in protest of a Tim Timmons call, to its failure to suspend ejected manager John Gibbons for returning to the field after entering the clubhouse (the first time around), to its suspension of Joe West for three-games for comments about Adrian Beltre that Beltre himself said, "I don't think the suspension was necessary, I know he was kidding. I didn't think it was a big deal," BOC did not endear itself to WUA from 2012-17.

John Farrell argues his 3B Coach's ejection.
For instance, when Torre's group issued a memo in July 2016 warning managers to stop consulting video replay in order to argue balls and strikes, the targeted managerial ejections were replaced by a significant uptick in assistant coach ejections—generally hitting coaches—for arguing balls and strikes...We ran the number at the time and found that the rate of manager + coach ejections for arguing balls and strikes post-Torre memo was remarkably similar to the rate of manager ejections for arguing balls and strikes prior to the memo (49.25 games-per-ejection after, compared to 53.76 before).

In a few cases, these ejections quickly turned into double whammies as now the managers were being ejected, not directly for arguing balls and strikes, but for arguing the ejection of their assistant coaches!
Related PostTorre's Warning Leads to Coach, Not Manager, Ejections (8/22/16).

This all manifested in Angel Hernandez's ejection of then-Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler and Manager Brad Ausmus for arguing a correctly called strike in August 2017 (again, the manager wasn't directly ejected for arguing balls and strikes, but in support of his player, who was ejected for arguing balls and strikes). After the game, Kinsler accused Hernandez of "messing with baseball games, blatantly," saying, "He needs to find another job. He really does. He's just that bad."
Related PostMLB Ejections 135-35 - Angel Hernandez (1-2; DET x2) (8/14/17).

In 2017, umpires put their collective foot down.
On August 18, MLB fined, but did not suspend Kinsler, thus placing the proverbial straw atop the major league umpires' unprotected backs.

Having likely held its collective tongue for several years as it perceived BOC as having continually hung the umpiring profession out to dry, WUA released a statement decrying BOC for its apparent lack of concern for its umpiring staff and announcing its infamous white-wristband protest:

"The Office of the Commissioner has failed to address this and other escalating attacks on umpires...Our most important duty is to protect the integrity of the game, and we will continue to do that job every day. But the Office of the Commissioner must protect our integrity when we are attacked simply for doing our jobs. Enough is enough. Umpires will wear the wristbands until our concerns are taken seriously by the Office of the Commissioner."
Related PostFined - Kinsler Not Suspended for Hernandez Comments (8/18/17).

When MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred responded by threatening the Union with penalties and punishments while offering a meeting instead, the umpires removed the wristbands, but hardly went underground.
Related PostWUA Secures Commissioner Meeting, Suspends Protest (8/20/17).

Conclusion & Gil's Call: Given all of this, MLBUA's summation that "this re-engagement is historically significant" doesn't just cover the fact that WUA didn't have a functioning website for 10 years, and doesn't just allude to MLB umpires being the last of the major professional sports officials' associations to get a new website.

No, this statement is jam-packed with significant meaning for an organization whose members have voices yearning to be heard—especially when the Commissioner's Office won't necessarily have their backs.

Congratulations to the MLBUA on this step forward and we look forward to hearing from this newly-galvanized group looking to restore decorum and decency to baseball's treatment of the profession.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

MLB Ejection 118 - Adam Hamari (4; Tyler Webb)

HP Umpire Adam Hamari ejected Cardinals pitcher Tyler Webb (throwing at Royals batter Jorge Bonifacio; QOCU) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Cardinals-Royals game. With two out and none on, Bonifacio took a 1-2 fastball from Webb for a hit-by-pitch. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and hit Bonifacio's shoulder, having followed a prior pitch during the at-bat similarly thrown inside, the fifth such hit batsman of the game, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Cardinals were leading, 8-2. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 8-2.

This is Adam Hamari (78)'s fourth ejection of 2018.
Adam Hamari now has -1 points in the UEFL Standings (-3 Prev + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = -1).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has -8 points in Crew Division (-9 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = -8).

This is the 118th ejection report of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is the 57th player ejection of 2018. Prior to ejeciton, Webb's line was 0.2 IP, 2 SO, HBP.
This is St. Louis' 2nd ejection of 2018, T-4th in the NL Central (CHC 7; MIL 4; CIN 3; PIT, STL 2).
This is Tyler Webb's first career MLB ejection.
This is Adam Hamari's 4th ejection of 2018, 1st since August 11 (Danny Duffy; QOC = * [Check Swing]).

Wrap: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals, 8/12/18 | Video as follows:

Bagwell on West - Fair, Consistent, Does a Good Job

After the controversy and contention dies down, the business of baseball settles the player-umpire dynamic in one of a few ways, including cordiality and respect. For an example, we turn to Hall of Fame Astros legend Jeff Bagwell and MLB veteran Joe West.

Yes, sometimes grudges rule the day and for that, see the following post, but this brief blurb is about a positive outcome.
Related PostLet's Talk - Mental Health in an Abusive Environment (10/10/17).

This one's a quick story, with Bagwell visiting the Astros booth as part of Astros Legends Weekend at Minute Maid Park, coincidentally with West serving as Saturday evening's home plate umpire.

Bagwell, who was never ejected in his 2,150-game Hall of Fame career, told an anecdote or two of his time playing in front of West (and his proprietary West Vest), surmising in the end that, "Joe's a great umpire. If I had a big game, honestly, I'd want Joe behind the plate. I think he's very fair, consistent, and does a great job."

For reference, The Hardball Times named West the most consistent umpire in baseball in a 2007 study.

Video as follows:

Saturday, August 11, 2018

MLB Ejection 117 - Adam Hamari (3; Danny Duffy)

1B Umpire Adam Hamari ejected Royals pitcher Danny Duffy (check swing ball two call) in the top of the 6th inning of the Cardinals-Royals game. With one out and one on (R1), Cardinals batter Harrison Bader attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 changeup from Duffy, ruled a ball by HP Umpire Ryan Blakney and affirmed as no swing by 1B Umpire Hamari, before hitting a home run on a later 3-2 pitch. Play was reviewed and adjudicated by the UEFL Appeals Board (0-6-3), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Cardinals were leading, 6-2. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 8-3.

This is Adam Hamari (78)'s third ejection of 2018.
Adam Hamari now has -3 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -3).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has -9 points in Crew Division (-9 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = -9).

This is the 117th ejection report of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is the 56th player ejection of 2018. Prior to ejeciton, Duffy's line was 5.1 IP, 6 ER, HR.
This is Kansas City's 5th ejection of 2018, 2nd in the AL Central (CWS 7; KC 5; MIN 4; DET 3; CLE 1).
This is Danny Duffy's 2nd ejection of 2018, 1st since June 17 (John Tumpane; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Adam Hamari's 3rd ejection of 2018, 1st since August 3 (Alex Cora; QOC = U [Warnings]).

Wrap: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals, 8/11/18 | Video as follows:

Friday, August 10, 2018

MLB Ejection 116 - Bill Miller (1; Joe Maddon)

HP Umpire Bill Miller ejected Cubs Manager Joe Maddon (batter-runner's lane interference; QOCY) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Nationals-Cubs game. With none out and one on (R1), Cubs batter Willson Contreras bunted a 0-1 slider from Nationals pitcher Greg Holland on the ground to third baseman Anthony Rendon, who threw to first baseman Matt Adams as Contreras ran toward first base, ruled out for runner's lane interference by HP Umpire Miller. Replays indicate Contreras ran inside (to the left of) the foul line, thus out of the running lane, for the entirety of his journey to first base. By rule, the batter-runner is liable to be called out for interference if he fails to run within the runner's lane for the entire length of said runner's lane, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 2-2. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Bill Miller (26)'s first ejection of 2018.
Bill Miller now has 1 point in the UEFL Standings (-3 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 1).
Crew Chief Bill Miller now has -7 points in Crew Division (-8 Previous + 1 Correct Call = -7).
*OBR 5.09(a)(11) states a batter is out when—"In running the last half of the distance from home base to first base, while the ball is being fielded to first base, he runs outside (to the right of) the three-foot line, or inside (to the left of) the foul line, and in the umpire’s judgment in so doing interferes with the fielder taking the throw at first base, in which case the ball is dead."
The runner may exit the lane "in the immediate vicinity of first base for the sole purpose of touching first base." However, the runner is not protected via this "exit" provision of Rule 5.09(a)(11) Comment if he isn't actually exiting the lane (e.g., if the runner is not within the lane from the beginning, he cannot physically "exit" it and, thus, isn't protected by the "exit" exemption).
Jim Evans Interpretation: "A runner who has advanced the entire distance from home plate to first in fair territory making no effort to run within the lane is not extended the same leniency as the runner who runs in the lane as required and then cuts into fair territory near the base to touch it."
Harry Wendelstedt Interpretation: "The determination is not whether the throw is true, but whether it could still reasonably retire the runner."

More About Runner's Lane Interference:
Related PostRunning Lane Interference and Advancing to 1st Base (9/6/15).
Related PostOfficially Speaking - Runner's Lane Interference (6/3/16).
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This is the 116th ejection report of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is the 47th Manager ejection of 2018.
This is Chicago-NL's 7th ejection of 2018, 1st in the NL Central (CHC 7; MIL 4; CIN 3; PIT 2; STL 1).
This is Joe Maddon's 2nd ejection of 2018, 1st since July 21 (Will Little; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Bill Miller's first ejection since July 8, 2017 (Lorenzo Cain; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs, 8/10/18 | Video as follows: