Friday, February 2, 2018

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Gabe Morales

Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Gabe Morales.
Name: Gabriel Morales
Pronunciation Guide: GAYB Mow-RALL-ess
Date of Birth: June 21, 1984
Place of Birth: Santa Clara, California

MiLB Leagues Worked: Arizona, New York-Penn, South Atlantic, Arizona Instructional, Texas, International, Pacific Coast.
MLB Debut: April 2, 2014
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 47
Crew Chief: No

2019 Ejections: 3.
Ejection 208 (PHI M Gabe Kapler; QOC = N).
Ejection 207 (PHI RF Bryce Harper; QOC = N).
Ejection 017 (CHC LF Kyle Schwarber; QOC = Y).

2018 Ejections: 1.
Ejection 143 (CHC P Carl Edwards, Jr.; QOC = Y).
Ejection 142 (CHC M Joe Maddon; QOC = Y).

2017 Ejections: 1.
Ejection 165 (CWS P Lucas Giolito; QOC = N).

2016 Ejections: 2.
Ejection 120 (BOS M John Farrell; QOC = Y).
Ejection 078 (DET CF Cameron Maybin; QOC = Y).

2015 Ejections: 1.
Ejection 177 (MIN M Paul Molitor; QOC = Y). *First Career MLB Ejection*

2014 Ejections: None.

Ejection History: 0 (2014), 1 (2015), 2 (2016), 1 (2017), 2 (2018), 3 (2019).

UEFL History: Gabe Morales

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: -
All-Star Game: -
Wild Card Game: 20182020
Division Series: -
Championship Series: -
World Series: -

Notes: Hired to the full-time MLB staff prior to the 2017 season.
» Graduated from the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring (JEAPU) in 2009.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Site Remodel Announcement

Close Call Sports & Umpire Ejection Fantasy League is getting a facelift. Over the next week, the website's appearance will be fine tuned in preparation for the upcoming 2018 UEFL season. We'll be open during construction, meaning you will still have access to all CCS content, and we'll continue posting news stories and other content as per the usual offseason schedule. The site may look odd or downright broken over the next few days, but rest assured, we'll be busy working on a new look.

What's more, you will now be able to visit Close Call Sports over an encrypted, or secure, connection. Similar to the circa-2017 address at, the encrypted link will be accessible at (adds an 's'). Both links will work for the time being, but our goal is to redirect all traffic to the secure connection at some point in the future.

Feel free to comment, tweet, or e-mail any feedback or features you'd like to see in 2018!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Will Little Inducted into Science Hill Athletics Hall of Fame

MLB Umpire Will Little has been inducted into his alma mater's Hall of Fame, accepting his plaque this month from Science Hill's athletics department. He goes into the high school's Hall as both a baseball and basketball alum.

MLB Umpire Will Little is a HS Hall of Famer.
During Little's senior year at the Tennessee high school in 2001-02, Science Hill basketball finished as state runners-up and the baseball team won conference, district, and regional titles.

Little continued playing baseball while attending Milligan College (studying biology), after which he attended the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring in 2007, landing a job in the Gulf Coast League shortly thereafter before his 2013 MLB debut and 2015 full-time hiring.

The Science Hill Athletics Hall of Fame biographies are available via the Johnson City Press.