Sunday, May 6, 2018

Featured MiLB Ejection - Joe Gonzalez (Marte, Saylor)

California League (Class-A Advanced) HP Umpire Joe Gonzalez ejected Rancho Cucamonga Quakes catcher Hamlet Marte and Manager Drew Taylor (safe call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Quakes-Rawhide game in Visalia. With none out and the bases loaded, Rawhide batter Dominic Miroglio singled off Quakes pitcher Isaac Anderson on the ground to left fielder Cody Thomas, who threw to catcher Marte as Rawhide baserunner R2 Camden Duzenack attempted to score from second base. Replays indicate Duzenack's left hand touched home plate prior to Marte's tag, the call was correct. At the time of the ejections, Visalia was leading, 5-1. Visalia ultimately won the contest, 8-1.

Discussion Point: Fortunately, the home plate umpire's positioning on the third base line extended allows the camera in the stands to get an unobstructed view of the runner touching home plate prior to the catcher's tag, and the correct call most assuredly is made—the runner is plainly safe, and there is no violation of the home plate collision rule to be seen. Is this the optimal plate positioning for this play?

Wrap: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes vs. Visalia Rawhide, 5/4/18 | Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Plate ump Gonzalez ejects pair of Quakes after play at the plate in Visalia


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