Wednesday, November 7, 2018

2018 Promising Umpires - Hamari & Blaser

Adam Hamari & Cory Blaser are 2018's Promising Umpires of the Year [2017: Blaser & Fairchild].
Voting (Top 5): Hamari (10.2%), Blaser (10%), Stu Scheurwater (8%), John Tumpane (7%),  Will Little (6%).

Winners: Adam Hamari (78), Cory Blaser (89).
Adam Hamari & Cory Blaser are the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's 2018 Promising Umpires of the Year.

In his second season on the big league staff, Hamari earned an assignment to the NL Central tiebreaker game, concluding his season with six ejections, and earning praise for ejecting Rick Renteria in July after a check swing ball two call by 1B Umpire Chad Whitson. Hamari, central in the leaked video of Noah Syndergaard's ejection for throwing at Chase Utley, received credit in the comments: "I knew Hamari was going to be a good umpire a couple years ago when he handled the Mets throwing at Chase Utley. He did this as a AAA call up umpire. He runs his game the way it should be run. Now I don't if they got the check swing right or wrong- very close, but he handled Renteria absolutely perfect."
Related PostMLB Ejection 095 - Adam Hamari (1; Rick Renteria) (7/14/18).

Hamari placed 80th in Replay Review with a .333 RAP (five-for-15).

Transitioning to Blaser, here's what one voter had to say: "Blaser is more established than Hamari at this point, but both look like future stars. Blaser is an outstanding ball/strike guy despite a slightly disappointing postseason plate and should be a CC in the future in addition to regular postseasons. Hamari appears to be the best of the recently hired crop and he had an excellent season including behind the plate."

Blaser's fourth postseason in four seasons of eligibility (2015 Wild Card, 2016-18 Division Series) led to a consecutive nod for Promising Umpire. He finished with four ejections and 25th in Replay Review with a .583 RAP (seven-for-12).

UEFL Awards History, Adam Hamari
Fill-In of the Year: 2016.

UEFL Awards History, Cory Blaser
Promising Umpire of the Year: 2017.

Adam Hamari now has 11 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (8 Prev + 3 Award = 11).
Cory Blaser now has 18 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (15 Previous + 3 Award = 18).
The next postseason award, Ejection of the Year, will be released tomorrow.


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