Tuesday, April 2, 2019

MLB Ejection 006 - Bill Welke (1; Andy Green)

HP Umpire Bill Welke ejected Padres Manager Andy Green (batter-runner's interference call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Diamondbacks-Padres game. With none out and none on, Padres batter Manny Machado hit a 2-2 fastball from Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke on a fly ball to catcher John Ryan Murphy. Replays indicate that after hitting a fly ball into foul territory around home plate, Machado made incidental contact with Murphy's feet, as in an Armbrister tangle-untangle, and flipped his bat around the D-Backs catcher, but did not appear to interfere with Murphy's ability to make a catch pursuant to Rule 6.01(a)(10), the call was incorrect.* Play was reviewed and affirmed by the UEFL Appeals Board (7-1-1), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Diamondbacks were leading, 6-2. The Diamondbacks ultimately won the contest, 8-5.

This is Bill Welke (3)'s first ejection of 2019.
Bill Welke now has -2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -2).
Crew Chief Mike Everitt now has 0 points in Crew Division (0 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 0).
*Rule 6.01(a)(10): "It is interference by a batter or a runner when—He fails to avoid a fielder who is attempting to field a batted ball, or intentionally interferes with a thrown ball...The umpire shall call the runner out in accordance with Rule 5.09(b)(3) (former Rule 7.08(b))."
*Rule 5.09(b)(3): "Any runner is out when—He intentionally interferes with a thrown ball; or hinders a fielder attempting to make a play on a batted ball (see Rule 6.01(j))."
*Rule 6.01(a)(10) Comment: "When a catcher and batter-runner going to first base have contact when the catcher is fielding the ball, there is generally no violation and nothing should be called."
Related PostComparison - Infield Interference or Only Obstruction? (7/30/18).

This is the sixth ejection of the 2019 MLB regular season.
This is the first Manager ejection of 2019.
This is San Diego's 1st ejection of 2019, T-1st in the NL West (ARI, SD 1; COL, LAD, SF 0).
This is Andy Green's first ejection since September 16, 2018 (Fieldin Culbreth; QOC = Y [Fair/Foul]).
This is Bill Welke's first ejection since July 8, 2018 (Tim Leiper; QOC = Y [Pace of Play/Mound Visit]).

Wrap: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres, 4/2/19 | Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Green gives governing guy gabbling guff over gutsy gimmick (SD)


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