Saturday, June 18, 2016

MLB Ejection 077 - Marty Foster (1; Terry Pendleton)

HP Umpire Marty Foster ejected Braves Bench Coach Terry Pendleton for arguing a balk no-call in the top of the 5th inning of the Braves-Mets game. With two out and one on, Mets pitcher Steven Matz threw to first baseman James Loney, to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and picked off Braves baserunner R1 Chase d'Arnaud. Replays indicate Matz appeared to initiate his natural pitching motion before throwing to first base (see video link, below, of Matz's natural motion from Set Position), the call was incorrect. Play was challenged and affirmed by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Mets were leading, 3-1. The Braves ultimately won the contest, 4-3.

This is Marty Foster (60)'s first ejection of the 2016 MLB regular season.
Marty Foster now has -1 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -1).
Crew Chief Mike Winters now has 6 points in Crew Division (6 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 6).
*Rule 5.07(a)(2): "After assuming Set Position, any natural motion associated with his delivery of the ball to the batter commits [the pitcher] to the pitch without alteration or interruption."
*Rule 6.02(a)(1): "If there is a runner, or runners, it is a balk when: The pitcher, while touching his plate, makes any motion naturally associated with his pitch and fails to make such delivery."

This is the 77th ejection report of the 2016 regular season.
This is Atlanta's 2nd ejection of 2016, 4th in the NL East (MIA, NYM, WAS 3; ATL 2; PHI 0).
This is Terry Pendleton's first ejection since March 29, 2015 (Jeff Nelson; QOC = U [Balk No-Call]).
This is Marty Foster's first ejection since July 11, 2015 (Victor Martinez; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets, 6/18/16 | Video available via "Read more"
Alternate Link: An inning-ending pickoff over a non-balk prompts Pendleton's ejection (FOX)
Alternate Link: Matz' natural pitching motion is consistent with his move during the pickoff (FOX)


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