Wednesday, October 31, 2012

UEFL Awards: Ejections of the Year: J Joyce & B Davidson

2012 UEFL Awards: Ejections of the Year: Jim Joyce, Bob Davidson ([Ejection 026], [Ejection 031])
Voting Results (min. 10%): Joyce 026-13%, Davidson 031-12%, Gary Darling Ejection 038-10%.

Ejection 026 (Joyce) and 031 (Davidson) are the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's ejections of the year.

Ejection 026: Jim Joyce (1); On May 11, 1B Umpire Jim Joyce ejected Brad Mills over a foul ball call originally ruled a bunt. After conferring with crewmates, HP Umpire James Hoye reversed his initial call becaues the batter did not attempt to strike the pitch with a bunt attempt, making the resulting strike two contact a foul ball as opposed to a fouled bunt and third strike. After explaining the crew's reversal, Joyce and Mills engaged in an lengthy and animated discussion before Joyce ejected the Houston skipper. After ejection, Joyce employed the "Joyce mechanic" (placing both hands behind his back while allowing Mills to finish his conversation) until Mills left the playing field.

Ejection 031: Bob Davidson (1); On May 15, HP Umpire Bob Davidson ejected Charlie Manuel over Manuel's complaint that Davidson had impeded Phillies catcher Brian Schneider from retrieving a wild pitch, dropped third strike (swinging). Davidson's initial response, yelled from the grassy fringe of the dirt circle behind home plate into the first base dugout, was plainly audible on the accompanying ejection video, as were several fan remarks, such as "Bob, fix your pants!" Shortly after this ejection, Davidson was suspended one game for "repeated violations" of the BOC's standards for situation handling.

Joyce also won the 2012 Award, "Honorable Umpire," while Davidson won "Most Improved Umpire."

Jim Joyce now has 9 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (8 Previous + 1 Award = 9).
Bob Davidson now has 6 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (5 Previous + 1 Award = 6).

The final postseason award, Umpire of the Year, will be released later today.


Anonymous said...

I didnt think there were that many entertaining ejections this year.

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