Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ejections: Phil Cuzzi (1)

HP Umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Marlins first basemen Gaby Sanchez for arguing a check swing call in the top of the 7th inning of the Marlins-A's game. With none out and one on, Sanchez struck out swinging on a curveball from A's pitcher Gio Gonzalez while attempting to check his swing. Replays indicate that Sanchez successfully checked his swing and made no attempt to strike the ball, the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the A's were leading, 1-0. The A's ultimately won the contest, 1-0.

This is Phil Cuzzi (10)'s first ejection of 2011.
Phil Cuzzi now has -2 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (0 Previous + 2 MLB + -4 Incorrect Call = -2)
Phil Cuzzi was undrafted in 2011.
*Quality of Correctness was challenged and confirmed ("Incorrect" ==> "Incorrect").

This is the 92nd ejection of 2011.
This is the 40th player ejection of 2011.
Prior to his ejection, Sanchez was 0-3 in the contest.
This is Gaby Sanchez's first career ejection.

Wrap: FLA @ OAK Wrap 6/28/11
Video: Cuzzi dumps Sanchez for throwing equipment


Anonymous said...

Just watched on MLB.TV---big time miss.

tmac said...

Here's the Sanchez Video


Jon Terry said...

Hate to say it, gotta say it. That's not a great call. I don't see the bat in the zone, and they put a great camera angle on it. Maybe Cuzzi should have asked for some help.

That said, don't go throwing equipment around. you get run, right or wrong.

Anonymous said...

really bad call- you usually have to give the umpire the benefit of the doubt, but no matter how you choose to determine what constitutes a swing, this isn't even close

Cricket said...

I know these calls almost always go the umpire's way in UEFL, but I believe this one is incorrect. Is there a legitimate attempt to strike the ball? Hmm...I don't believe so, based on the provided replay.

Anonymous said...

Maybe a missed call but oh-how-I-hate announcers who refer to their players almost exclusively by their first name. Right or wrong, how can anyone take them seriously when they constantly do that?

Anonymous said...

Phil Cuzzi strikes again!

Anonymous said...

Do I think Sanchez struck at the ball, nope. Did Cuzzi, yep.

Show me how you can unequivically say that that Sanchez DID NOT strike at the ball and I will agree with with an "incorrect" QoC. Otherwise I would challenge this ruling. The ORB does not consititute what is being considered being struck at and what is not, therefore it is not possible to determine that an umpires judgement was correct or incorrect.

I also propose that on some calls there be some sort of QoC change that due to definition or lack thereof, one cannot call incorrect/correct due to umpire's judgement or interpretation. As it stands, the UEFL becomes the judge of how a rule is interpreted, however there is no clear yes or no to a rule.

I feel that penalizing an umpire because somebody else views his judgement as incorrect, even though there is specific determination of striking at or not. Perhaps a net of 0 points be awarded on an ejection of this type, or award/subtract no points for QoC of a call on these judgements.

I feel the UEFL is taking the stance as the Supreme Court and is judging how a rule is to be interpreted. Just because the UEFL feels a judgement call such as this was incorrect, should not be awarding or taking points away.

Lindsay said...

This ruling has been challenged and is under review.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone here think he struck at the ball? By convention, I think it's safe to say that most umpires (of any level) would agree this is incorrect. Some common sense needs to be used here as well.

Lindsay said...

This ruling has been challenged.

After review, the Quality of Correctness has been confirmed. The call is now incorrect.

After review, including examination of the real-time play, replays, and alternate angles, the decision of confirming the original Quality of Correctness was made. After review, it is apparent the batter did not attempt to strike the ball. Because the Official Rules Book does not clearly define such an attempt, we must consider UEFL convention and precedent. Per precedent in regards to determining Quality of Correctness for previous check swing calls, QoC of check swing calls are judged in relation to colloquial opinion amongst UEFL users and participants. Bear in mind, at the end of the 2011 season, the UEFL will hold a UEFL Rules Summit of sorts. We will be glad to revisit the check swing QoC process at that time.


Cricket said...

Very well put. I would really like to play in the UEFL next season. How can I sign-up?

Jeremy Dircks said...


we will have information on signing up and taking part in the selection of the umpires a few weeks before the 2012 season will begin.

As Gil mentions, we will have a UEFL Rules Summit type thing at the end of this season. You can take part in that and see the changes to the league we all come up with for next season. No matter what we will have the information posted before the 2012 season as to how to take part.

Thanks for your interest!

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