Monday, June 25, 2018

MLB Ejections 077-78 - Stu Scheurwater (2-3; BAL x2)

HP Umpire Stu Scheurwater ejected Orioles P Darren O'Day and Manager Buck Showalter (no-stop balk call; QOCY) in the top of the 9th inning of the Mariners-Orioles game. With none out and one on (R1), Mariners batter Nelson Cruz swung at a 3-2 pitch from O'Day for a foul fly ball, ruled a balk by HP Umpire Scheurwater, thus advancing baserunner R1 Mitch Haniger to second base and returning Cruz to home plate, where he would eventually walk. Replays indicate O'Day did not appear to satisfy the Stop criterion for pitching from Set Position by stopping prior to final delivery, the call was incorrect.^* Play was reviewed and reversed (0-8-1) by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call is now correct. At the time of the ejection, the Mariners were leading, 5-3. The Mariners ultimately won the contest, 5-3.

These are Stu Scheurwater (85)'s second and third ejections of 2018.
Stu Scheurwater now has 12 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2*[2 MLB + 2 Correct] = 12).
Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom now has 9 points in Crew Division (7 Previous + 2 Correct Call = 9).
^The mechanics of calling a balk are two-fold. There is the declare "Balk!" phase and the "Time! That's a balk" phase. The former is to be effected the instant the balk occurs, while the latter is withheld until the play has reached its conclusion. The ball is not dead until play has stopped, as in a caught fly ball.

*After action has stopped, the ball becomes dead and the umpire shall impose the penalty for a balk (runners advance one base, pitch is nullified), "unless the batter reaches first on a hit, an error, a base on balls, a hit batter, or otherwise, and all other runners advance at least one base, in which case the play proceeds without reference to the balk."
*Rule 6.02(a)(13) states, "It is a balk when—The pitcher delivers the pitch from Set Position without
coming to a stop."
Related Ejection: E-021 - Stu Scheurwater (1; Buck Showalter) [Balk call on O'Day] (4/30/17).

This is the 76th, 77th ejection report of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is the 40th player ejection of 2018. Prior to ejection, O'Day's line was 0.0 IP, 0 ER, BB.
This is the 31st Manager ejection of 2018.
This is Baltimore's 2/3rd ejection of 2018, T-2nd in the AL East (NYY 5; BAL, TOR 3; BOS 2; TB 1).
This is Darren O'Day's first career MLB ejection.
This is Buck Showalter's first ejection since April 30, 2017 (Stu Scheurwater; QOC = Y [Balk]).
This is Stu Scheurwater's 2/3rd ejection of 2018, 1st since June 12 (Mickey Callaway; QOC = Y [HBP]).

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. Baltimore Orioles, 6/25/18 | Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Scheurwater says sayonara to stumped Showalter for Set stop shortcoming (BAL)


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