Saturday, November 9, 2013

2013 UEFL Awards: Umpire of the Year: Jim Joyce

2013 UEFL Awards: Umpire of the Year: Jim Joyce (66)
Voting Results (min. 10%): Joyce 32%, Wally Bell 20%, John Hirschbeck 13%, Mark Wegner 10%.

Jim Joyce is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's 2013 Umpire of the Year.

In his 26th MLB season, Jim Joyce concluded 2013 with one ejection following one ejection in 2012. Promoted to the position of crew chief prior to the regular season alongside Ted Barrett and Fieldin Culbreth, Joyce drew praise during his sole ejection of the season, Ejection 126 (8/10), with one UEFL'er commenting, "I want to say, Joyce is one of the best umpires out there. He handles situations so professionally and his calls are usually spot on." Another pointed out Joyce's patience, which was on display during the September 9 bench clearing and odd managers' dispute between New York and Baltimore. Upon being named to his second consecutive Division Series and third overall World Series, Joyce fell into the national spotlight during the Fall Classic's Game 3 thanks to a 9th inning tie-up between baserunner and fielder at third base. Joyce's immediate obstruction call was textbook and proper. At the time, some noted "redemption for Jim Joyce." Joyce umpired the final game of the 2013 World Series behind Fenway Park's home plate.

Joyce previously received the UEFL's Umpire of the Year (2009) and Honorable Umpire (2010, 2012) Awards.

Jim Joyce now has 8 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (3 Previous + 5 Award = 8).

With the final award in the books, the UEFL announces the final standings for the 2013 UEFL season.
"Perfect Score", formula based on highest points possible per category: (14 [DeMuth or Gorman -cc] + 30 [Fagan] + 23 [Fairchild] + 14 [Iassogna] + 15 [Hirschbeck] +16 CP/Props = 112 Total Points)
UEFL Final Standings
1) Turducken (70 pts)
2) NorthStarUmpire#2 (61)
3) Niicker (59)
4) bjweig01, cyclone14, falangarner, rgoldar2 (58)
8) RadioPearl (55)
9) alexsimon99, toss 'em (53)
11) BrooklynUmp, krishudspeth (52)
13) sarge3097 (51)
14) BRUMP, DanNJ316 (50)
16) Kevin Nichols (49)
17) BC_UMP, CrickenChapman, IWU_Titan, TXWrangler (48)

The Rules Summit will begin tomorrow.


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