Thursday, July 4, 2019

MLB Ejection 111 - Joe West (6; Joe Maddon)

HP Umpire Joe West ejected Cubs Manager Joe Maddon (Unsportsmanlike Conduct-NEC directed toward opponent following up-and-in pitches to Javier Baez) in the top of the 4th inning of the Cubs-Pirates game. With two out and one on (R2), Cubs batter Baez took a first-pitch fastball and 1-1 fastball from Pirates pitcher Jordan Lyles for called first and second balls before fouling off a 3-2 fastball. Replays indicate the pitches were located high and off the inner edge of home plate (px -1.13, pz 5.32 and px -1.06, pz 4.65, respectively, for balls one and two, and px -1.66, pz 3.79 for the fouled 3-2 pitch) and no warnings had previously been issued (there were no hit-by-pitch events prior to Maddon's ejection), the call was irrecusable.* At the time of the ejection, the Cubs were leading, 4-3. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 11-3.

This is Joe West (22)'s sixth ejection of 2019.
Joe West now has 12 points in the UEFL Standings (10 Prev + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 12).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 0 points in Crew Division (-1 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 0).
History of USC-NECMLB Ejection 159 - Joe West (5; Joe Maddon) (9/12/16).
*With an average sz_top of 3.46, the first ball was located 2.6 horizontal and 20.8 vertical inches from the outer borderline range of the strike zone, while the second ball was located 1.8 horizontal and 12.8 vertical inches from this boundary. The fouled 3-2 pitch was located 8.9 horizontal and 2.3 vertical inches from the outer limit.
Official Baseball Rule 8.01(a) states, "The umpires shall be responsible for the conduct of the game in accordance with these official rules and for maintaining discipline and order on the playing field during the game."
OBR 8.01(d) states, "Each umpire has authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager or substitute for objecting to decisions or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language, and to eject such disqualified person from the playing field."

This is the 111th ejection report of the 2019 MLB regular season.
This is the 60th Manager ejection of 2019.
This is Chicago's 4th ejection of 2019, 4th in the NL Central (CIN 12; MIL, PIT 5; CHC 4; STL 2).
This is Joe Maddon's 2nd ejection of 2019, 1st since April 11 (Mike Estabrook; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Joe West's 6th ejection of 2019, 1st since June 25 (Gabe Kapler; QOC = U [Warnings]).

Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7/4/19 | Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Maddon motions at marauders' manager (CHC)
Second Video: UEFL analysis of West's enforcement of Rule 8.01 with Maddon (CCS)


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