Saturday, April 20, 2019

MLB Ejection 034 - Jerry Meals (1; Aaron Boone)

2B Umpire Jerry Meals ejected Yankees Manager Aaron Boone (Replay Review decision that overturned 3B Umpire Marty Foster's HR call to a fan interference out; QOCY) in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Royals-Yankees game. With one out and two on (R1, R2), Yankees batter Gleyber Torres hit a 1-1 fastball on a fly ball to the left field wall, ruled a home run by 3B Umpire Foster and overturned to spectator interference after Crew Chief Review following a request from Royals Manager Ned Yost. Replays indicate that as Royals left fielder Alex Gordon jumped in an attempt to field the descending fly ball, a fan reached out of the spectator area and onto the playing field side of the vertical plane separating the in-and-out of play areas, thus interfering with the fielder's opportunity to field the baseball before the ball left the playing field, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 2-0. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 9-2.

This is Jerry Meals (41)'s first ejection of 2019.
Jerry Meals now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 3).
Crew Chief Jerry Meals now has -3 points in Crew Division (-4 Previous + 1 Correct Call = -3).
*Rule 6.01(e) states, "When there is spectator interference with any thrown or batted ball, the ball shall be dead at the moment of interference and the umpire shall impose such penalties as in his opinion will nullify the act of interference. APPROVED RULING: If spectator interference clearly prevents a fielder from catching a fly ball, the umpire shall declare the batter out."
*The OBR Definition of Terms entry for interference (d) states, "Spectator interference occurs when a spectator (or an object thrown by the spectator) hinders a player’s attempt to make a play on a live ball, by going onto the playing field, or reaching out of the stands and over the playing field."

This is the 34th ejection report of the 2019 MLB regular season.
This is the 14th Manager ejection of 2019.
This is New York's 1st ejection of 2019, 2nd in the AL East (BAL 3; NYY 1; BOS, TB, TOR 0).
This is Aaron Boone's first ejection since Sept 27, 2018 (Vic Carapazza; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Jerry Meals' first ejection since August 4, 2018 (Rick Renteria; QOC = N-C [Replay Review]).

Wrap: Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees, 4/20/19 | Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Bearer of bad bulletin boots Boone following broadcast in the Bronx (NYY)
Second Video: Royals broadcast team describes the home run and replay result (KC)


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