Thursday, April 26, 2018

MLB Ejection 026 - Mike Winters (1; Clint Hurdle)

2B Umpire Mike Winters ejected Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle (out of the base path call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Tigers-Pirates game. With one out and two on (R1, R2), Pirates batter Starling Marte hit a 2-1 fastball from Tigers pitcher Joe Jimenez on the ground to third baseman Niko Goodrum, who threw late to first base as baserunner R2 Adam Frazier attempted to elude Goodrum's tag. Replays indicate that baserunner Frazier initially avoided Goodrum as he fielded the batted ball by veering to the left before stopping and cutting back to his right in an effort to avoid Goorum's tag, ultimately running more than three feet out outside of his base path as established at the time of Goodrum's tag attempt, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 0-0. The Pirates ultimately won the contest, 1-0.

This is Mike Winters (33)'s first ejection of the 2018 MLB regular season.
Mike Winters now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 3).
Crew Chief Mike Winters now has 0 points in Crew Division (-1 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 1).
*Official Baseball Rule 5.09(b)(1) states that a runner is out when, "He runs more than three feet away from his base path to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s base path is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely."
Related PostNo No-No? Out of Base Path Call Voids Potential Sox Hit (4/22/18).

For an explanation as to why 2B Umpire Winters, as opposed to 3B Umpire Tim Timmons, was able to see this play and make this call, see the following related post; U3 Timmons ruled "no tag," which was accurate because F5 Goodrum did not physically tag R2 Frazier. Naturally, confusion can arise when one umpire appears to rule "safe" while a crew-mate appears to rule "out." If two umpires make conflicting calls on the same play (unlike this present play, say U2 has "tag" and U3 has "no tag"), in general, the crew chief shall decide which call shall prevail, as in Rule 8.03(c).
Related PostWhose Call - Runner Out of Base Path Considerations (5/17/16).
If different decisions should be made on one play by different umpires, the umpire-in-chief shall call all the umpires into consultation, with no manager or player present. After consultation, the umpire-in-chief (unless another umpire may have been designated by the League President [Ed. note, the crew chief is the designated umpire]) shall determine which decision shall prevail, based on which umpire was in best position and which decision was most likely correct. Play shall proceed as if only the final decision had been made.
This is the 26th ejection of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is the ninth Manager ejection of 2018.
This is Pittsburgh's 1st ejection of 2018, 3rd in the NL Central (CHC, MIL 2; PIT 1; CIN, STL 0).
This is Clint Hurdle's first ejection since September 13, 2017 (Bill Welke; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Mike Winters' first ejection since October 18, 2017 (Joe Maddon; QOC = N-C [K3/Foul]).

Wrap: Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 8/26/18 | Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Clint's chat culminates in crew chief's chucking over crucial call (PIT)


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