Monday, May 8, 2017

MLB Ejection 027 - Vic Carapazza (1; John Gibbons)

2B Umpire Vic Carapazza ejected Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons (obstruction call) in the top of the 8th inning of the Indians-Blue Jays game. With none out and two on (R2, R3), Indians batter Francisco Lindor hit a 0-2 slider from Blue Jays pitcher Joe Smith on a line drive to right field, whereupon right fielder Jose Bautista threw to first baseman Justin Smoak, who threw to shortstop Ryan Goins, to second baseman Devon Travis as Lindor became involved in a rundown between first and second base. Replays indicate that after Travis threw the ball back to Goins in furtherance of the rundown, he impeded Lindor's progress through his position in Lindor's base path, resulting in an Obstruction Type 1 (Type A) ruling awarding Lindor second base as the other Indians baserunners scored, the call was correct.* Ruling was challenged and affirmed by the UEFL Appeals Board (8-0-0), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Blue Jays were leading, 4-2. The Blue Jays ultimately won the contest, 4-2.

This is Vic Carapazza (19)'s first ejection of the 2017 MLB regular season.
Vic Carapazza now has 7 points in the UEFL Standings (3 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 7).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has 1 point in Crew Division (0 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 1).
*Rule 6.01(h)(1) states, "If a play is being made on the obstructed runner, or if the batter-runner is obstructed before he touches first base, the ball is dead and all runners shall advance, without liability to be put out, to the bases they would have reached, in the umpire’s judgment, if there had been no obstruction. The obstructed runner shall be awarded at least one base beyond the base he had last legally touched before the obstruction."
*Rule 6.01(h)(1) Comment: "When a play is being made on an obstructed runner, the umpire shall signal obstruction in the same manner that he calls 'Time,' with both hands overhead. The ball is immediately dead when this signal is given."
*Definition of Terms: "OBSTRUCTION is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner."

This is the 27th ejection report of 2017.
This is the 16th Manager ejection of 2017.
This is Toronto's 3rd ejection of 2017, T-1st in the AL East (BAL, TOR 3; BOS, TB 2; NYY 1).
This is John Gibbons' 3rd ejection of 2017, 1st since April 24 (Toby Basner; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Vic Carapazza's 1st ejection since July 1, 2016 (Russell Martin; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 5/8/17 | Video via "Read More"

Alternate Link: Obstruction during rundown kills play, Gibbons gets tossed (TOR)


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