Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ejections: Sam Holbrook (1)

3B Umpire Sam Holbrook ejected Mariners Manager Eric Wedge for arguing a check swing call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Mariners-Angels game. With none out and one on, Angels batter Hank Conger attempted to check his swing on a 3-2 slider from Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda as Angels baserunner Mark Trumbo attempted to steal second base. Replays indicate Conger was successfully able to check his swing and Trumbo was therefore entitled to second base and not liable to be tagged out, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the contest was tied, 0-0. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 9-3.

This is Sam Holbrook (34)'s first ejection of 2011.
Sam Holbrook now has 4 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Sam Holbrook is owned as a Secondary Umpire by HIGHSCHOOLUMP, who is now in 22nd place in the UEFL with 7 points.
*Quality of Correctness was challenged and denied ("Correct" => "Correct")

This is the 115th ejection of 2011.
This is the 56th Manager ejection of 2011.
This is Eric Wedge's third ejection of 2011.

Wrap: Mariners at Angels Wrap 7/9/11
Video: Wedge is ejected for arguing a check swing call


tmac said...

I hate these calls.. but different umpires have different opinions on what a swing is.... This could be a long discussion but I am always confused that almost every check swing that results in an ejection is ruled correct. We have seen less of a swing ruled a strike and then called correct. This is a swing every day of the week IMO and should be ruled that way.

Anonymous said...

check swings are all angles. From where idiot Wedge was, it probably looked like a check swing, or whatever side Wedge was arguing for. So that's why he came to argue so vehemently. But then when the replay is shown, the umpire will most likely be correct every time, thus ejections will always happen on a play where the manager with his own eyes see's a play one way, because of his angle. Not really confusing at all, IF you know about umpiring.

stratbaseballman said...

I challenge, this is a swing.

Jeremy Dircks said...

This ruling has been challenged and is under review.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad the rule now is that if you come onto the field to argue a checked swing, you get the heave ho. At any level of baseball, this is one of the most difficult calls umpires are asked to make. Even in super slow motion, it's often not obvious what is and is not a swing.

Jeremy Dircks said...

This ruling has been challenged.

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

After review, including examination of the real-time play, replays, and alternate angles, the decision of confirming the original Quality of Correctness was made. There is no evidence to overturn the call. There are no angles provided by either broadcast to overturn the call and suggest the call is incorrect.


stratbaseballman said...

While watching the M's game today I found out that Wedge actually got dumped before he even came onto the field. But I do agree with the premise that coming onto the field to argue a check swing, which is arguing balls and strikes is an auto-dump.

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