Thursday, November 8, 2018

2018 UEFL Award for Ejections of the Year - West & Lentz

Joe West and Nic Lentz had the Best Ejections of the Year for 2018 [2017: Gerry Davis].
Voting Results (Top 3): 062 West (11%), 153 Lentz (10%), 010 Timmons (5%).

Award Winners: Joe West (22) & Nic Lentz (59).
In MLB Ejection 062, HP Umpire Joe West ejected Padres Manager Andy Green for arguing a foul ball call in Atlanta. Although West initially appeared to signal the play a swinging strikeout, the call was properly changed (as affirmed by the UEFL Appeals Board) to a foul ball, due to the ball bouncing before entering the catcher's mitt. Simply put, "It was fun seeing Andy Green and West going at each other along with the mics picking up Green’s audio in the end."

In MLB Ejection 135, HP Umpire Nic Lentz ejected Yankees Manager Aaron Boone over a strike two call in New York. Said one voter, "Whenever I vote this award I always vote for the funniest ejection and to me nothing beats Aaron Boone pretending to be a catcher to show where the pitch was. Was it over the top? absolutely. But it was also hilarious." This was the rare game in which both managers were ejected, as Paul Nauert tossed Ron Gardenhire later in the contest.

Joe West now has 31 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (30 Previous + 1 Award = 31).
Nic Lentz now has 11 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (10 Previous + 1 Award = 11).
The final postseason award, (Best) Umpire of the Year, will be released tomorrow.

Videos as follows:
Alternate Link: Nic nixes nutty nuisance as naively nescient new notary nauseously nags (NYY)
Second Video: Extended cut portrays extent of West and Green's conversation (SD)


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