Tuesday, August 14, 2018

MLB Ejections 119-120 - Phil Cuzzi (1-2; Maddon, Zobrist)

HP Umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Cubs Manager Joe Maddon in the bottom of the 6th and 2B Ben Zobrist (strike three call; QOCN) at the end of the 8th inning of the Brewers-Cubs game. In the 6th, with none out and one on (R2), Cubs batter Ben Zobrist took a 3-2 slider from Brewers pitcher Jhoulys Chacin for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and thigh-high (px -.969, pz 2.746), the call was incorrect.* At the time of Maddon's ejection, the Brewers were leading, 6-0.

In the 8th, Cubs batter Javier Baez struck out swinging as Zobrist waited on deck. Following the conclusion of the inning, Zobrist engaged Cuzzi in a conversation pertaining to the 6th inning strike three call, resulting in his ejection, the call was incorrect.^ At the time of Zobrist's ejection, the Brewers were leading, 7-0. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 7-0.

These are Phil Cuzzi (10)'s first and second ejections of 2018.
Phil Cuzzi now has -11 points in the UEFL Standings (-7 Prev + 2*[2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call] = -11).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has -8 points in Crew Division (-8 Previous + 2*[0 Incorrect Call] = -8).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
This pitch was located 0.66 horizontal inches from being deemed a correct call.
^Zobrist's ejection is QOCN pursuant to UEFL Rule 6-5-c-3, which states, "Ejections, wherein an argument for a previously ruled play (either correct or incorrect) continues into a later play (i.e., some point after a pitch has been delivered to the next batter), shall be ruled QOC Y/N under Rule 6-2-b-5."

This is the 119th ejection report of the 2018 MLB regular season.
This is the 48th Manager ejection of 2018.
This is the 58th player ejection of 2018. Prior to ejection, Zobrist was 1-3 (SO) in the contest.
This is Chicago-NL's 8th ejection of 2018, 1st in the NL Central (CHC 8; MIL 4; CIN 3; PIT, STL 2).
This is Joe Maddon's 3rd ejection of 2018, 1st since August 10 (Bill Miller; QOC = Y [RLI/Interference]).
This is Ben Zobrist's first career MLB ejection.
This is Phil Cuzzi's first ejection since July 30, 2017 (Miguel Sano; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs, 8/14/18 | Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Cuzzi's K claims Cubs competitor as complaint conduct condemns club's commander (CHC)
Second Video: Zobrist explains he was ejected for telling Cuzzi he wants an electronic strike zone


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