Tuesday, July 3, 2018

MLB Ejection 086 - Eric Cooper (2; Jim Riggleman)

HP Umpire Eric Cooper ejected Reds Manager Jim Riggleman (Unsportsmanlike-NEC/intentional walk signal) in the top of the 12th inning of the White Sox-Reds game. With one out and two on (R1, R3), Riggleman attempted to intentionally walk White Sox batter Daniel Palka, resulting in an ejection. Replays indicate Riggleman indicated his intent to walk Palka by gesturing with four fingers of his right hand outstretched, but displayed this sign when Cooper was not looking at the Reds dugout due to the ball remaining live after the preceding walk to batter Avisail Garcia; thus, Cooper requested a visual sign from Riggleman that Riggleman thought Cooper had seen when Cooper hadn't seen it; a verbal instruction is not valid for a no-pitch intentional walk, the sign must be visual, the call was irrecusable.* Ruling was reviewed and affirmed (5-2-2), the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the White Sox were leading, 12-8. The White Sox ultimately won the contest, 12-8, in 12 innings.

This is Eric Cooper (56)'s second ejection of 2018.
Eric Cooper now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 3).
Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom now has 8 points in Crew Division (7 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 8).
*Rule 5.05(b)(1) Comment states, "A batter who is entitled to first base because of a base on balls, including an award of first base to a batter by an umpire following a signal from a manager, must go to first base and touch the base before other base runners are forced to advance."

This is the 86th ejection report of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is the 35th Manager ejection of 2018.
This is Cincinnati's 2nd ejection of 2018, T-3rd in the NL Central (CHC, MIL 4; CIN, PIT 2; STL 1).
This is Jim Riggleman's first ejection since June 5, 2011 (Rob Drake; QOC = Y [Throwing At]).
This is Eric Cooper's 2nd ejection of 2018, 1st since March 30 (Ketel Marte; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Chicago White Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7/3/18 | Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Cooper cans cross captain cause of confusing catwalk cue communication  (CIN)


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