Friday, May 17, 2019

MiLB Ejections - Dillon Wilson (FSL x2)

As minor league players find new ways to showboat, umpires must be attentive to teams' tendencies to enforce the so-called unwritten rules of baseball. For MiLB Umpire Dillon Wilson, Royce Lewis of Minnesota's Fort Myers Miracle affiliate in Class A-Advanced demonstrated the latest taunt by demonstrating pushups at second base after an early double in what could be interpreted as a play on the traditional "weight room" taunt directed at an opposing player, drawing retaliation from Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh affiliate) pitcher Gavin Wallace his next time at bat.

Ejection Report: HP Umpire Dillon Wilson ejected Marauders pitcher Gavin Wallace (throwing at Miracle batter Royce Lewis) and Manager Wyatt Toregas (arguing Wallace's ejection/warnings no-call) and 1B Umpire Ben Fernandez ejected Marauders SS Robbie Glendinning (arguing Wallace's ejection) in the top of the 6th inning of the Miracle-Marauders game. With none out and none on in the top of the 5th, Lewis hit a double to center field, arriving at second base to the tune of pushups on the bag itself. In the top of the 6th, with one out and one on (R1), Lewis took a first-pitch fastball from Wilson for a called first ball. Replays indicate the pitch was thrown behind Lewis and was hip-high, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the game was tied, 7-7. The Miracle ultimately won the contest, 13-7.

Rule 6.02(c)(9): "A pitcher shall not—Intentionally Pitch at the Batter. If, in the umpire’s judgment, such a violation occurs, the umpire may elect either to: (A) Expel the pitcher, or the manager and the pitcher, from the game, or (B) may warn the pitcher and the manager of both teams that another such pitch will result in the immediate expulsion of that pitcher (or a replacement) and the manager. If, in the umpire’s judgment, circumstances warrant, both teams may be officially “warned” prior to the game or at any time during the game. (League Presidents may take additional action under authority provided in Rule 8.04.)"

Wrap: Fort Myers Miracle vs. Bradenton Marauders, 5/16/19 | Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Dillon Wilson ejects pair of Marauders for throwing at showboater (FLS)


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