Sunday, January 13, 2013

Winter Ejections: Clint Fagan (1) & Roberto Moreno (2, 3)

Cabrera engages Moreno following his strikeout & ejection.
HP Umpire Roberto Moreno ejected Leones del Caracas shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera & Manager Frank Kremblas for arguing a strike call in the bottom of the 10th inning of the Navegantes-Leones [Lions-Navigators] Venezuelan Winter League playoff game. With none out and none on, Cabrera took a 0-1 pitch from Navegantes pitcher Juan Rincon for a called second strike before striking out swinging on the next pitch. Replays are unavailable; the call is irrecusable. At the time of the Cabrera/Kremblas ejections, los Navegantes were leading, 4-3. Los Navegantes ultimately won the contest, 4-3, in 10 innings.

Prior to these ejections, 1B Umpire Clint Fagan ejected Navegantes del Magallanes second baseman Reegie Corona for arguing an out call in the top of the 5th inning. With one on and one out, R1 Corona was picked off by Leones pitcher Guillermo Moscoso (put out by first baseman Jesus Aguilar). Replays for this ejection are unavailable; the call is irrecusable. At the time of the Corona ejection, the contest was tied, 2-2.

During his 10th inning ejection, Cabrera, a member of the Cleveland Indians organization, appeared to contact Moreno's chest in an action reminiscent of a plate umpire bump.

In December of 2011, Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who like Cabrera also was playing as a member of the Leones del Caracas, threw an open hand slap and made contact with HP Umpire Dario Rivero, Jr.'s face mask. MLB did not discipline Torrealba in advance of the 2012 season, though the Venezuelan League suspended Torrealba a total of 66 games, which included the both the balance of the 2011-12 and entire 2012-13 Venezuelan Winter League seasons.

Wrap: Navegantes del Magallanes vs. Leones del Caracas, Venezuelan Winter League Playoffs, 1/12/13
Video: Cabrera throws equipment as he and Manager Kremblas are ejected in Magallanes' final at bat


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