Sunday, April 28, 2019

MLB Ejection 037 - Tony Randazzo (2; Rick Renteria)

HP Umpire Tony Randazzo ejected White Sox Manager Rick Renteria (runner's lane interference call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Tigers-White Sox game. With none out and none on, White Sox batter Jose Abreu swung at and missed a 0-2 slider from Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd, running to first base as the uncaught third strike bounced in the dirt and Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner attempted a throw to first baseman Brandon Dixon, the throw striking Abreu in the back as he arrived at first base, resulting in an interference out call from HP Umpire Randazzo. Replays indicate Abreu failed to run within the three-foot runner's lane during his entire journey to first base, such that when he was struck by the thrown ball being fielded to first base prior to his arrival, he interfered with first baseman Dixon taking the throw at first base, the out call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the White Sox were leading, 2-1. The White Sox ultimately won the contest, 4-1.

This is Tony Randazzo (11)'s second ejection of 2019.
Tony Randazzo now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 8).
Crew Chief Jeff Nelson now has 4 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 4).
*Rule 5.09(a)(11) states, "A batter is out for interference when—In running the last half of the distance from home base to first base, while the ball is being fielded to first base, he runs outside (to the right of) the three-foot line, or inside (to the left of) the foul line, and in the umpire’s judgment in so doing interferes with the fielder taking the throw at first base, in which case the ball is dead."

*While 5.09(a)(11) Comment states, "The batter-runner is permitted to exit the three-foot lane by means of a step, stride, reach or slide in the immediate vicinity of first base for the sole purpose of touching first base," the Wendelstedt interpretation of this rule states, "A runner that is running the entire distance outside of the running lane will not be protected if he interferes with a play at first base, even if it is in his last stride or step to the base. In order to be protected, this last step must be when he first exits the running lane." In other words, a runner cannot exit the lane if he is not first within the lane.

For a more in-depth discussion of runner's lane interference (RLI), including an explanation from MLB Crew Chief Ted Barrett on the RLI rule care of Baseball Rules Academy, see the following article.
Related PostRunner's Lane Interference - 2018 World Series Edition (10/28/18).

This is the 37th ejection report of the 2019 MLB regular season.
This is the 16th Manager ejection of 2019.
This is Chicago's 3rd ejection of 2019, 1st in the AL Central (CWS 3; KC 2; DET, MIN 1; CLE 0).
This is Rick Renteria's 2nd ejection of 2019, 1st since April 17 (Joe West; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is Tony Randazzo's 2nd ejection of 2019, 1st since April 16 (Dave Martinez; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox, 4/28/19 | Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Rowdy Renteria riled by Randazzo's ruling is run over RLI (CWS)


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