Sunday, July 8, 2018

MLB Ejection 090 - Chris Segal (3; Jeff Banister)

HP Umpire Chris Segal ejected Rangers Manager Jeff Banister (runner's lane interference call; QOCY) in the top of the 2nd inning of the Rangers-Tigers game. With none out and two on (R1, R2), Rangers batter Carlos Tocci bunted a 0-0 fastball from Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer on the ground to Fulmer, who threw toward first base, the thrown ball hitting Tocci in his upper back and preventing first baseman John Hicks from making a catch. Replays indicate batter-runner Tocci advanced the entire distance from home plate to first in fair territory, which, pursuant to the Jim Evans interpretation of Rule 5.09(a)(11) pertaining to a runner out of the lane interfering with a throw that could potentially reasonably retire him, indicates the runner's action was illegal, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Rangers were leading, 2-0. The Rangers ultimately won the contest, 3-0.

This is Chris Segal (96)'s third ejection of 2018.
Chris Segal now has 15 points in the UEFL Standings (11 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 15).
Crew Chief Jerry Meals now has 4 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 4).
*Rule 5.09(a)(11) states the batter is out when—"In running the last half of the distance from home base to first base, while the ball is being fielded to first base, he runs outside (to the right of ) the three-foot line, or inside (to the left of ) the foul line, and in the umpire’s judgment in so doing interferes with the fielder taking the throw at first base..."
*Evans' interpretation of Rule 5.09(a)(11), relative to this play, states, "A runner who has advanced the entire distance from home plate to first in fair territory making no effort to run within the lane is not extended the same leniency as the runner who runs in the lane as required and then cuts into fair territory near the base to touch it."
Related PostRunning Lane Interference and Advancing to 1st Base (9/6/15).

This is the 90th ejection report of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is the 37th Manager ejection of 2018.
This is Texas' 5th ejection of 2018, 1st in the AL West (TEX 5; LAA, HOU, SEA 3; OAK 0).
This is Jeff Banister's 3rd ejection of 2018, 1st since June 10 (Sam Holbrook; QOC = Y [Balk]).
This is Chris Segal's 3rd ejection of 2018, 1st since May 17 (Bruce Bochy; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers, 7/8/18 | Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Segal signals show stoppage as sacrifice shifts to setback since sprinter sinned (TEX)


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