Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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 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 MLBUA.com.
MLB umps' MLBUA.com now joins NBA (National Basketball Referees Association, NBRA.net), NHL (National Hockey League Officials Association, NHLOA.com), NFL (NFL Referees Association, NFLRA.com), and MLS (Professional Referee Association, proreferees.com) 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, majorleagueumpires.com 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).
Related PostOfficially Speaking - RLI No-Call, Part Deux (7/2/16).
Related PostAngels Protest Cuzzi RLI No-Call in Kansas City [Denied] (7/27/16).
Related PostRunner's Lane Interference Plagues Chicago's Heyward (5/24/17).

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:

UEFL's MLB Umpire Sabermetrics - July 2018

UEFL's MLB Umpire Sabermetrics report for July 2018 features 107 ejections and 910 Replay Reviews through 1,609 regular season games played (66.2% complete). Click here for last month's stats.

Though ejection #s are projected to decrease year-over-year, based on current rates, replays are projected to remain at an equitable level.

The attached Most & Least Accurate Umpires, Replay Review contains the top and bottom of the Replay Review table ordinarily found in the "Read More" detailed section of the monthly report.

Related: Visit our Replay Review Statistics and Sabermetrics page for daily-updated umpire stats. This page includes Replay Review Rankings sorted by umpire, by team, and by call type. Daily ejections information is available at our Ejection List page.

Summary, Ejections.
>> 107 Total Regular Season Ejections through July 31, 2018 (on pace for 162 ejections this season).
>> Umpires were 73.3% accurate on calls associated with ejection.
>> The New York Yankees led MLB in ejections. The Cubs, Dodgers, and Padres led the National League.
>> Managers John Gibbons led MLB in ejections. Andy Green led the National League.
>> Player Matt Kemp led MLB players in ejections. Marwin Gonzalez led the American League.
>> Umpires Brian Gorman and Hunter Wendelstedt led all umpires in ejections.
>> Chief Larry Vanover's crew led all umpire crews in ejections.
>> Most ejections occurred in the 3rd inning; Ejections from 7th and on comprised 38% of all tosses.
>> Most ejections occurred on Wednesday. Weekend series (Fri-Sun) featured 30% of all heave-ho's.
>> The most common reason for ejection was Balls/Strikes, followed by Check Swings.
>> All else equal, a team tied at the time of ejection ended up winning the game 40.0% of the time.

Summary, Replay Reviews.
>> 910 Total Replay Reviews, of which calls were affirmed 52.0% of the time (48.0% overturned).
>> The Twins and Cardinals used replay more than any other team, but were fairly unsuccessful.
>> The Kansas City Royals were the League's most successful team in review (21-for-27).
>> The BAL Orioles experienced fewer reviews than any other team.
>> The Milwaukee Brewers were the worst MLB team in terms of Replay success (5-for-20).
>> Umpire Brian O'Nora was the umpire most reviewed.
>> Chief Jeff Kellogg's crew led all of baseball in replay activity, and performed at league average.
>> Umpire John Tumpane led in accuracy (8/10).
>> Umpire Phil Cuzzi experienced the highest rate of calls overturned by replay (9/11).
>> Umpire Brian O'Nora had the most number of calls overturned by replay (11 overturns).
>> The 8th inning had more reviews than any other inning. 43% of all reviews occurred from 7th-on.
>> Most reviews occurred on Saturday; Weekend series (Fri-Sun) featured 50% of all replays.
>> The most common reason for review was Out/Safe (Force - 1st) followed by Out/Safe (Tag - In).

Most & Least Accurate Umpires, Replay Review (sorted by Review Affirmation Percentage [RAP]).

1Tumpane, John80.0%28
2Fairchild, Chad77.8%27
2Scheurwater, Stu77.8%27
2Timmons, Tim77.8%27
5Davis, Gerry76.9%310
6Libka, John75.0%13
6Barber, Sean75.0%26
6Rackley, Dave75.0%26
6Barrett, Ted75.0%39
10Estabrook, Mike71.4%25
10May, Ben71.4%25
10Torres, Carlos71.4%410
13Gorman, Brian68.8%511
14Wolf, Jim66.7%12
14Reynolds, Jim66.7%36
14Woodring, Tom66.7%36
14Reyburn, DJ66.7%510
14Welke, Bill66.7%510
73Porter, Alan35.7%95
74Iassogna, Dan33.3%21
74Foster, Marty33.3%42
74Kulpa, Ron33.3%42
74Miller, Bill33.3%63
74Winters, Mike33.3%63
74Gibson, Greg33.3%84
74Wolcott, Quinn33.3%84
74Meals, Jerry33.3%105
82Hamari, Adam30.0%73
82Kellogg, Jeff30.0%73
82Wegner, Mark30.0%73
85Tichenor, Todd28.6%52
85Holbrook, Sam28.6%104
87Livensparger, Shane25.0%31
88Cuzzi, Phil18.2%92

Umpires with Fewest and Greatest # of Overturned Calls [NEW]
1 Overturn: Libka, Marhley, Wolf.
2 Overturns: Barber, De Jesus, Estabrook, Fairchild, Iassogna, May, Rackley, Scheurwater, Timmons, Tumpane.
9 Overturns: Cuzzi, Porter.
10 Overturns: Cooper, Holbrook, Meals.
11 Overturns: O'Nora.

For detailed sabermetric analysis of MLB umpire ejections and instant replay review outcomes, follow the "read more" link below.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

MLB Ejection 115 - Nic Lentz (2; Justin Verlander)

HP Umpire Nic Lentz ejected Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (balk call; QOCY) in the top of the 2nd inning of the Mariners-Astros game. With two out and one on (R2), Verlander attempted to pick off Mariners baserunner R2 Mitch Haniger and, in doing so, was called for a balk by HP Umpire Lentz. Replays indicate Verlander made a motion naturally associated with his pitch and failed to make such delivery while stepping to the side of the rubber, but not toward second base, prior to disengaging the pitcher's plate, and that all callable pitches during the half-inning were properly officiated (12/12 = 100% accuracy), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Mariners were leading, 6-0. The Mariners ultimately won the contest, 8-6.

This is Nic Lentz (59)'s second ejection of 2018.
Nic Lentz now has 9 points in the UEFL Standings (5 Prev + 2 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 9).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 1 point in Crew Division (0 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 1).

This is the 115th ejection report of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is the 55th player ejection of 2018. Prior to ejection, Verlander's line was 2.0 IP, 6 ER, 3 HR.
This is Houston's 4th ejection of 2018, 2nd in the AL West (TEX 5; HOU 4; LAA, SEA 3; OAK 1).
This is Justin Verlander's first ejection since July 5, 2011 (Joe West; QOC = Y-C [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Nic Lentz's 2nd ejection of 2018, 1st since July 23 (Kevin Long; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros, 8/9/18 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 114 - Adrian Johnson (1; James Rowson)

HP Umpire Adrian Johnson ejected Twins Hitting Coach James Rowson (strike three call; QOCN) in the top of the 7th inning of the Twins-Indians game. With none out and none on, Twins batter Ehire Adrianza took a 2-2 sinker from Indians pitcher Corey Kluber for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and above the midpoint (px .516, pz 3.634 [sz_top 3.411 / RAD 3.534 / MOE 3.617]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 4-4. The Indians ultimately won the contest, 5-4.

This is Adrian Johnson (80)'s first ejection of 2018.
Adrian Johnson now has -1 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -1).
Crew Chief Marvin Hudson now has 1 point in Crew Division (1 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 1).
*This pitch was located 0.204 vertical inches from being deemed correct.

This is the 114th ejection report of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is Minnesota's 4th ejection of 2018, T-2nd in the AL Central (CWS 7; KC, MIN 4; DET 3; CLE 1).
This is James Rowson's first career MLB ejection.
This is Adrian Johnson's first ejection since May 12, 2017 (Chase Headley; QOC = Y [Foul/HBP]).

Wrap: Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians, 8/9/18 | Video as follows:

Injury Scout - Dreckman's Moth Ear Canal Adventure

2B Umpire Bruce Dreckman ejected a moth from his left ear during Wednesday's Yankees-White Sox game in Chicago. In the 9th inning, Dreckman jogged toward the first base dugout and sought assistance from New York's training staff to evict the live insect from his ear canal as the game momentarily continued with three umpires.

During Dreckman's brief absence, 1B Umpire and Crew Chief Angel Hernandez and 3B Umpire Chad Fairchild shared field responsibilities while HP Umpire Mike Estabrook continued officiating behind home plate.

Dreckman returned moments later, missing just four pitches.

Relevant Injury History: None.

Last Game: August 8 | Return to Play: August 8 | Time Absent: Four Pitches  | Video as follows: