Saturday, January 18, 2014

Canucks-Flames Brawl, Ejections, Dressing Room Battle

Saturday's Canucks-Flames rivalry game turned hockey night into fight night in Canada. Referees Dave Jackson and Kyle Rehman and particularly linesmen Lonnie Cameron and John Grandt had their hands full as 21 penalties were handed out just two-seconds into the affair at Rogers Arena. When the dust finally settled, all 10 players on the ice received fighting majors, the first pair of combatants scored 10-minute misconducts and the remaining eight were ejected for supplemental duels. Summary of the penalties is below:

Fighting Major Penalty - 5 Minutes
Full-scale NHL line brawl kicks off Canadian rivalry game.

CGY - Ladislav Smid (fought Kevin Bieksa)*
CGY - Brian McGrattan (fought Tom Sestito)^
CGY - Blair Jones (fought Dale Weise)*
CGY - Chris Butler (fought Jason Garrison)*
CGY - Kevin Westgarth (fought Kellan Lain)*`
VAN - Kevin Bieksa (fought Ladislav Smid)*
VAN - Tom Sestito (fought Brian McGrattan)^
VAN - Dale Weise (fought Blair Jones)*
VAN - Jason Garrison (fought Chris Butler)*
VAN - Kellan Lain (fought Kevin Westgrath)*

^Also received a Misconduct - 10 Minutes penalty.
*Also received a Game Misconduct - 10 Minutes and Ejection.
`Also received a Roughing minor penalty - 2 minutes.

Video: Line brawl inaugurates the Canucks-Flames game right after referee drops the puck (CBC)

Canucks head coach John Tortorella escalated the situation backstage during the first intermission, crossing over from Vancouver's clubhouse to Calgary's half of the floor.
Video: Tortorella scrums with Flames in front of Calgary's dressing room (CBC)

Wrap: Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks, 1/18/13

UEFL Series: Baseball Rules in the Real World (Fourth Out)

MLB fans suffer from lack of rules knowledge, this is no secret—though so do members of the media, players and even managers/coaches. According to a 2013 rules quiz, out of 10 true-or-false questions, fans averaged a score of 3.7 out of 10, the media 4.4, players 5.5, and managers/coaches 6.6. Leading the pack was Brad Ziegler of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a perfect score (10/10), followed closely by David Ross and John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox with a 9/10 score.

At the bottom of the leaderboard was ESPN's Aaron Boone, who somehow managed a one-of-ten score on the 10 question, two-option (true or false) exam.

The Red Sox are one of a small number of MLB teams that consult a rules expert for such matters, which may very well explain their better-than-average scores. Boone allegedly does not reach out.

The 10-question test posed 10 hypothetical scenarios that, for the most part, were not based on reality and did not previously occur during professional games.

Umpires go through much scenario-based training such that when a rare or odd situation occurs, making the proper call is second nature. For instance, Jim Joyce talked about his obstruction call to end a World Series game for the first time in baseball history as completely instinctual. For the fans, perhaps rules education based on specific situations and scenarios would be more appealing if they were actually rooted in reality. The UEFL presents a new series, Baseball Rules in the Real World, that attempts to do just that. We begin with "Failed Fourth Out," featuring a game-changing play from April 12, 2009.

In an effort to persuade clubs and fans alike towards education, the UEFL presents real world concerning plays and situations that did take place in baseball and, at times, cost teams an out, run or even a win entirely because of a lack of rules knowledge or recognition. This Baseball Rules in the Real World series will encompass Ask the UEFL as historically rules-related plays are presented and analyzed. Feel free to comment with plays you would like to see on real world.
R3 Ethier hustles to score as R2 freezes.

For the rules rookies amongst us (welcome and congratulations for choosing to better yourselves!), Team A refers to the offensive team, Team B the defensive team, PU the plate umpire and U1/U2/U3 the first/second/third base umpire. B1 is the batter and/or batter-runner, R1 is the runner that starts the play on first base, R2 at second base and R3 at third base. F1 is the pitcher, F2 the catcher and so on.

Ethier Scores on Double Play to Tie Game at 1 ("Failed Fourth Out," April 12, 2009 [Video]).
Situation: We begin with "Failed Fourth Out." With one out in the top of the 2nd inning of a 1-0 ballgame, R2 Juan Pierre and R3 Andre Ethier, B1 Randy Wolf hit a line drive to F1 Dan Haren. R2 and R3 were running on contact, so as F1 Haren caught the liner for the inning's second out, both runners were far off their respective bases. F1 Haren threw to F5 Felipe Lopez, who casually strolled to R2 Pierre and nonchalantly applied the tag for the third out of the inning. During the interim, and prior to F5's tag of R2, R3 Ethier, who never broke stride, touched home plate. Lopez kept the ball and returned to the Arizona dugout. After the inning's end, Dodgers bench coach Bob Schaefer and manager Joe Torre met with PU Larry Vanover to discuss the play (the scoreboard erroneously showed a 1-0 Arizona lead). After consultation with U3 Charlie Reliford, the Dodgers were credited with a run, the score adjusted to a tie, 1-1.

Ruling: Correct call. R3's run scores because he touched home plate prior to the third out of the inning, because the third out was not a force out (Rule 4.09[a]).* This is a time play. To negate the run, Team B would have had to appeal R3's failure to tag up prior to Team B leaving the field ("For the purpose of this rule, the defensive team has 'left the field' when the pitcher and all infielders have left fair territory on their way to the bench or clubhouse"):
Appeal plays may require an umpire to recognize an apparent “fourth out.” If the third out is made during a play in which an appeal play is sustained on another runner, the appeal play decision takes precedence in determining the out. If there is more than one appeal during a play that ends a half-inning, the defense may elect to take the out that gives it the advantage. (Rule 7.10)
*Rule 2.00 (Force Play) defines such a play "in which a runner legally loses his right to occupy a base by reason of the batter becoming a runner." OBR goes on to give a very similar example of a play that does not qualify as a force out: "Not a force out. One out. Runner on first and third. Batter flies out. Two out. Runner on third tags up and scores. Runner on first tries to retouch before throw from fielder reaches first baseman, but does not get back in time and is out. Three outs. If, in umpire’s judgment, the runner from third touched home before the ball was held at first base, the run counts." This is what we have here.

The Dodgers went on to win the ballgame, 3-1, which means the failed fourth out may have played a significant role in LA's win.
Umpires: HP: Larry Vanover. 1B: Sam Holbrook. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Charlie Reliford (crew chief).

Wrap: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 4/12/09

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Player, Umpire Unions Approve Expanded Instant Replay

Expanded instant replay is now approved for the 2014 MLB season and will take effect this spring following a Thursday decision to move forward with the technology by both the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association.

The AFL instant replay experiment.
Just one day after instant replay committee chairman John Scheurholz mulled the "complexities" inherent with expanding the use of video review in baseball, MLBPA and the WUA both gave their respective okays to the proposal, prompting Commissioner Bud Selig to declare: "This is really big...I'm proud of the changes we've made."

Since modern instant replay expansion was first proposed in August of 2013, the pure logistics of the system have changed. The terms approved by both MLBPA and WUA for use in 2014 are as follows:

Managers' Challenge - One per Game
> Each field manager will receive one challenge per game. If successful, the manager retains his challenge for potential use on another eligible play.* If unsuccessful, he loses his ability to challenge. Scheurholz reasoned that one challenge per game is "far more than enough based on the statistics we have." According to data and UEFL analysis, umpires miss approximately one close call for every five big league games played. Joe Torre added that pace of game concerns made the one challenge rule a no-brainer. As such, managers will be obliged to initiate challenges in a "timely manner."
> Managers that argue a call will be asked whether they wish to challenge. If the immediate answer is no, the play is disqualified from reviewable status and cannot be reviewed (unless the opposing team challenges it).

Challenges Exhausted and Umpires' Ability to Initiate Instant Replay Review in Innings 7+
> If a manager runs out of challenge(s) prior to the seventh inning, umpires will be unable to initiate a review on their own volition prior to inning 7.** After the 7th inning begins, the crew chief is empowered to institute an instant replay review.

Replay Command Center at MLBAM Headquarters in New York - Staffed by MLB Umpires
> All reviews will be conducted via MLB HQ in NY by active Major League umpires who will rotate through MLB Command just as they work games. As such, MLB will hire two additional four-man umpiring crews. We've already seen MLB hire 7 umpires to the full-time staff in anticipation of the replay expansion.
> The two crews are necessary because replay officials will work a set of six-hour shifts; the second crew accounts for both the early East Coast/Central day game and the late West Coast evening game. Replay assignments will be one week in length and generally precede an on-field assignment. With these staffing levels, MLB anticipates replay reviews will take one minute to complete.

Replay Equality - Home & Away Feeds, 12 Camera Angles in All Parks
> MLB will require all replay officials have access to both home and away feeds, including the same 12 camera angels in all 30 major league ballparks.

Teams Permitted to Show Close Calls, Reviewed (and non-Reviewed) Plays in Stadium on Screens
> In stating "our fans will love it," Selig reasoned that fans at home watching a game have access to instant replays, so why not fans in the stadium? Accordingly, teams will now be allowed to show two replays of all plays—including those disputed, argued or challenged—on the in-stadium Jumbo-Trons, Big Screens or Diamond Vision video/scoreboards. If the play is challenged, after the review, the Stadium may show the play once more that demonstrates why the call was upheld or overturned.

Teams Permitted to Employ Video Specialist to Recommend Managers Challenge Plays
> Similar to the NFL practice of coaching coordinators calling down from the press box to advise the head coach when to throw the challenge flag, MLB will allow teams to station a replay employee in the clubhouse for the express purpose of calling the dugout to encourage a manager challenge a play.

*Reviewable Plays - Expanded Instant Replay
Plays eligible for instant replay review via managers' challenge or umpires' initiative (after inning 7) include:
> Ground-rule doubles and any boundary calls that are not potential home runs;
> Fan interference situations on any boundary calls that are not potential home runs;
> Any other boundary calls that are not potential home runs;
> Force plays at all bases except second base on a potential double play ("neighborhood play");
> Tag plays (was a runner legally tagged while off his base);
> Tag plays - APPEAL (did a runner touch the base or leave too soon);
> Fair/foul (balls hit to the outfield [beyond 1B/3B] only);
> Catch/trap (balls hit to the outfield [beyond 1B/3B] only);
> Time plays (did the run score prior to the third out being recorded [non-force]);
> Baserunner or batter-runner passing a preceding runner;
> Scoring issues, including ball-strike counts (2-1 or 2-2?), outs, score or substitutions;

**Reviewable plays - Grandfathered Instant Replay
Umpires will retain the right to initiate instant replay, at any time, to review home run/boundary calls.

NOT Reviewable
> Interference, Obstruction, Infield Fly, Balls/Strikes and similar judgment calls not addressed above.

Video: Unions approve instant replay, paving the way for a unique 2014 championship season

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Schuerholz: "Complexities" Affecting Replay Installation

MLB has encountered instant replay "complexities" affecting the technology's implementation into Major League games, according to Braves president and instant replay committee chairman John Scheurholz.

MLB: Instant replay more complex than first thought.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday from Arizona's Paradise Valley, Scheurholz acknowledged that baseball has come across unexpected variables in the league's adoption of expanded video instant replay review, though he remained optimistic that despite the challenges posed by the new system, MLB will institute, at the very least, a beta version of expanded instant replay in 2014.

Referring to a three year roll-out plan, Scheurholz said MLB will "take [its] time" to develop and revise the system to a "perfect" standard. According to Commissioner Bud Selig's expansion announcement, replays will exclude HBP/foul and ball/strike calls and will be conducted from MLB HQ in New York. Earlier this week, MLB hired seven MiLB call-up umpires in a move that paves the way for an additional umpiring crew and, potentially, a rotational assignment at MLB's replay room.

In November, baseball experimented with expanded instant replay and a manager challenge system during a five-game stretch of the Arizona Fall League. The games, which were broadcast on MLB Network and umpired by crew chief Tripp Gibson, Sean Barber, Jeff Gosney and Pat Hoberg, produced 15 challenged calls of which 12 were upheld, or a 20% overturn rate. Previous data suggested that a replay-necessitated close call occurs about once per game and is missed 20% of the time.

Next up are the unions. The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and World Umpires Association (WUA) have yet to approve the technology for use in big league games.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark described instant replay as a "continuing" dialogue and expects to "find common ground on both [replay and banning or otherwise legislating home plate collisions] soon."

The umpires' union, led by President Joe West, did not comment on the ongoing discussion.

If instant replay is reality this season, as is expected, the UEFL will score challenges in similar fashion to the way ejections are tracked (See Rules 4 and 6 of the UEFL Official Rules).

Video: Atlanta's John Scheurholz discusses instant replay and the complexities that have arisen

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Confirmed: MLB Hires 7 New Umpires to Full-Time Staff

MLB hired umpires Jordan Baker, Lance Barrett, Cory Blaser, Mike Estabrook, Mike Muchlinski, David Rackley and DJ Reyburn to the full-time Major League staff as the professional baseball's highest league continued its umpire hiring spree Tuesday afternoon. The new hires include five Pacific Coast League and four International League alumni (Barrett and Reyburn worked both leagues).

The aforementioned former vacation fill-in umpires are the seven umpires rumored by the UEFL to be MLB's latest hired officials related to crew expansion and baseball's adoption of video instant replay.

Jordan Baker: With just 197 games of Major League experience over two seasons (72 in 2012, 125 in 2013), Baker is the freshest of the hires, debuting June 22, 2012 during the evening's Indians-Astros game. The 6-foot, 7-inch Baker ejected three in 2013 for an MLB career total of six ejections. Baker worked as a AAA call-up while in the Pacific Coast League, after a mid-year promotion from the Double-A Southern League in 2011. He graduated from the Wendelstedt School.
> First ejection: July 23, 2012 (SF Giants SS Brandon Crawford)
> Most recent ejection: June 12, 2013 (KC Royals DH Billy Butler).

Lance Barrett: Barrett enters the full-time roster of officials with 212 big league games over four years (three games in 2010, 39 in 2011, 104 in 2012 and 66 in 2013) and five ejections during that span, all occurring during Barrett's busy 2012 season. The 29-year-old Fort Worth, Texas native spent 2011 and 2012 in the PCL after a 2008-2011 stint in the International League. Prior to AAA, Barrett worked the Gulf Coast, Appalachian, Florida Instructional, South Atlantic, California, Eastern, and Arizona Instructional Leagues. He also worked the 2008 and 2009 Arizona Fall and 2010 Dominican Winter League.
> First ejection: April 16, 2012 (CHI White Sox Pitching Coach Don Cooper)
> Most recent ejection: August 25, 2012 (CHI W-Sox C AJ Pierzynski & M Ventura).

Cory Blaser: Blaser has 346 games of MLB service since his first season of 12 MLB games in 2010. The 32-year-old Denver, Colorado native has four career MLB ejections, though none since 2011. Like Baker, Blaser hails from the Pacific Coast League and like Estabrook, he graduated from the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School. Blaser worked the PCL from 2008-2013, accumulating numerous All-Star Game and Post-Season assignments in the minors, including the 2007 Eastern League All-Star Game. He also worked the California and Arizona Leagues, pickup up off-season Arizona Fall, Dominican Winter and Venezuela League assignments.
> First ejection: May 12, 2010 (COL Rockies Manager Jim Tracy).
> Most recent ejection: July 16, 2011 (COL Rockies C Chris Iannetta & Mgr Tracy).

Mike Estabrook: Estabrook's 696 games of MLB experience ranks first amongst this hiring class, as does the Daytona Beach, Florida's age (37 years at time of hire [7/28/1976]). He holds a share of the top ejection title with fellow umpire DJ Reyburn, though Estabrook began his Major League umpiring career two years earlier, in 2006. The 37-year-old Estabrook began his professional baseball career out of the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School in 1999 (as the "top student" nonetheless) when he was placed into the Gulf Coast League. Since then the Boynton Beach, Florida resident worked the Appalachian, South Atlantic, Florida State and Venezuelan Leagues before promotion to AAA's International League in 2005, where he remained through 2013 and his 2014 promotion to the MLB staff. Estabrook worked the Arizona Fall League in 2006.
> First ejection: April 25, 2009 (CIN Reds PH Jerry Hairston & Manager Dusty Baker).
> Most recent ejection: September 13, 2012 (KC Royals DH Billy Butler).

Mike Muchlinski: With 570 MLB games in the bigs since a 34-game 2006 debut, Muchlinski is second to Estabrook in this hiring class when it comes to MLBU seniority. Over the course of his fill-in service, Muchlinski racked up 10 ejections, which leads this group of hires. The Tacoma, Washington native is the third oldest umpire hired at this time, born on February 26, 1977 (36 years old at time of permanent appointment). Muchlinski worked as "Michael Muchlinski" in the PCL since 2003 after stints in the Eastern and Midwest Leagues during years prior. Muchlinski worked the first round of the 2006 World Baseball Classic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona.
> First ejection: August 18, 2007 (OAK Athletics Manager Bob Geren).
> Most recent ejection: August 17, 2013 (DET Tigers C Brayan Pena).

David Rackley: Rackley's 170 games at the Major League level come over four years of work (six games in the inaugural 2010 season) and produced three ejections, including two in 2013. The 31-year-old North Carolinan (by way of his native Houston) spent six full years in Triple-A's International League after stops through the lower level Arizona, Florida Instructional, Northwest, South Atlantic, California, Arizona Instructional and Texas Leagues. Rackley worked the off-season Arizona Fall League twice (2008-'09) and Venezuelan Winter League in 2010.
> First ejection: August 26, 2012 (HOU Astros PH Marwin Gonzalez).
> Most recent ejection: August 9, 2013 (STL Cardinals 2B Daniel Descalso & M Mike Matheny).

DJ Reyburn: Reyburn is the only of these seven umpires to have begun his MLB career in 2008, accruing 437 games and shares the most cumulative ejections of the group with 14 heave-ho's beginning in 2009. Born on October 13, 1976 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Reyburn is also the second eldest of the present hiring class (37 years old at time of permanent appointment) and, like Barrett, worked both the PCL (2006-2009, 2012-13) and International (2010) Leagues. Prior to Triple-A, Reyburn began his professional career with the 2000 Arizona League, subsequently officiating in the Appalachian, Florida Instructional, Midwest, Florida State, Arizona Instructional and Eastern Leagues. He additionally worked the off-season Arizona Fall (2006-2009) and Dominican (2009-10) Leagues and was the umpire assaulted by Jose Offerman during a LiDom game, resulting in both his (and his crewmates') resignation from LiDom and Offerman's lifetime ban, which was overturned by the league in 2013. Reyburn worked the 2013 WBC Qualifier in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
> First ejection: August 9, 2009 (CIN Reds PH Alex Gonzalez).
> Most recent ejection: June 17, 2013 (CHI Cubs Manager Dale Sveum).

Bill Miller is said to be MLB's choice to serve as crew chief for the new crew created by the staff expansion.

The hires were confirmed by MLBU crew chief Jerry Layne at the Wendelstedt School.

MLB Promotes Mike Estabrook to Umpiring Staff

Congratulations to new full-time MLB umpire Mike Estabrook, officially promoted to the full time staff on Tuesday. Other hires will be announced as information becomes available.

Estabrook is the first umpire hired under the auspices of Monday's rumored MLB umpiring set for Tuesday afternoon.

Estabrook regularly worked during the 2013 regular season (101 games) and comes into full-time MLB employment with 696 games of major league experience. Estabrook has 14 career MLB ejections since working his first game as a call-up in 2006.

The 37-year-old Estabrook began his professional baseball career out of the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School in 1999 when he was placed into the Gulf Coast League. Since then the Boynton Beach, Florida resident worked the Appalachian, South Atlantic, Florida State and Venezuelan Leagues before promotion to AAA's International League in 2005, where he remained through 2013 and his 2004 promotion to the MLB staff. Estabrook worked the Arizona Fall League in 2006.

The hire was confirmed by the Wendelstedt School.

Rumor: MLB to Hire 7 Umpires, in Part, for Instant Replay

MLB will hire 6-7 umpires, in part, to staff instant replay review positions, according to an anonymous source not authorized to speak on the subject. MLB's hiring of the additional crews and crew chiefs will reportedly occur this week, though no public and official announcement is expected until formal adoption of the 2014 model—including the proposed instant replay challenge system. The rumor is reported as unconfirmed.

MLB last promoted a Triple-A umpire to its full-time MLBU staff when Chris Conroy replaced the terminated Brian Runge in mid-June 2013. The UEFL reported the rumor of Conroy's promotion one week prior. Prior to Conroy's hiring, MLB hired Vic Carapazza, Manny Gonzalez and Alan Porter to the big league staff and promoted Ted Barrett, Fieldin Culbreth and Jim Joyce to crew chief, replacing the retiring Derryl Cousins, Ed Rapuano and Tim Tschida in mid-January 2013. The UEFL reported the AAA hires as a rumor on January 10.

Prior to Spring Training 2013, UEFL Appeals Board member tmac posted his power rankings for the league's call-up contingent. Removing Conroy (#98) from the list, the 2013 power rankings were:
1) Jordan Baker (#71)
2) Lance Barrett (#94)
3) Mike Estabrook (#83)
4) Toby Basner (#99)
5) Cory Blaser (#89)
6) DJ Reyburn (#70)
7) Mike Muchlinski (#76)
8) David Rackley (#86)
9) John Tumpane (#74)
10) Angel Campos (#84)*
11) Clint Fagan (#82)
12) Mark Ripperger (#90)
13) Mark Lollo (#96)
14) (tie) Tripp Gibson (#73), Adam Hamari (#78) [ranking prior to either umpire working an MLB game]

*Angel Campos, who did not work a single regular season MLB game in 2013, is expected to be released.

As for retirements, the league's senior-most umpires include Joe West (36 years, -cc 2003), Tim McClelland (31.5 years, -cc 2000), John Hirschbeck (30.5 years, -cc 2000), Gerry Davis/Dana DeMuth (both 30 years, -cc 1999), Dale Scott (27 years, -cc 2001) and Gary Darling (26 years, -cc 2004).

As for potential crew chief promotes, Larry Vanover & Angel Hernandez are the only active umpires with 20+ years experience and a #2 role on their respective crews (Hernandez has worked the World Series [twice], Vanover has not). Bob Davidson, with 25 years of service, was a #3 on his crew last season. Other notable #2s with notable acting/interim crew chief appearances include Mike Everitt (14 years), Kerwin Danley (16), Bill Miller (14), Dan Iassogna (11) and Jeff Nelson (15).

Monday, January 13, 2014

UEFL Releases Official Rules for 2014 Season

The 2014 Official Rules of the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League were released Monday to the UEFL Portal's UEFL Rules Book page and, new for 2014, in downloadable PDF form. Amongst the new features in 2014 are the Divisions of the Code, Foreword and other introductory sections, including a Summary of Rule Changes for 2014. An Index was also added to the end of the PDF document.

The nine UEFL rule titles, foreword and a list of various UEFL committees and panels for 2014 are:

Table of QOC Time Frame and Exemptions, Rule 6.
Divisions of the Code
Rule 1 Selection of Umpires
Rule 2 The Season
Rule 3 Crew Division
Rule 4 League Scoring
Rule 5 Statistics
Rule 6 Challenges and Appeals
Rule 7 Unresolved Classifications
Rule 8 Umpire
Rule 9 Unaddressed and Authorization Provisions

This code of rules governs the operations of the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League, as held by Close Call Sports (“CCS”), and includes but it is not limited to Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (“UEFL”) and Umpire Ejection Fantasy League Express (“UEFL Express”) divisions and associated properties, including, but not limited to, the Technical Foul Fantasy League (“TFFL”).

We recognize that in the realm of fantasy sports, comprehensive rules may not exist in great variety, much less whatsoever for the specifically esoteric officiating-based fantasy activity. Accordingly, we are happy to make our rules available to all formal, amateur or friendly leagues/groups. As such, it is important to bear in mind that certain specifications as to draft, challenges or grievance procedures may need to be modified to meet each league’s specific needs.

This code, having been generated specifically for implementation by the official Umpire Ejection Fantasy League, shall constitute the official playing rules for the CCS-held UEFL and, unless otherwise officially amended by bulletin, directive, sanctioned vote or post, shall serve as the first and terminal code for observance, governance and enforcement of or by the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League.

Gil Imber,* Chair ... Jeremy Dircks* (* also UEFL Commissioners)
UEFL Membership (Rules Summit Adoptions)

2014 UEFL Appeals Board
Gil Imber, Chair and Ex Officio Member
Jeremy Dircks, Ex Officio Member
Tmac, Senior Member
RichMSN, Senior Member
BT_Blue, Ranking Member
Turducken, Ranking Member
[vacancy] (vacant at time of publication; see Rule 6-4-a-2).

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