Sunday, September 1, 2019

MLB Ejection 184 - David Rackley (1; Brad Ausmus)

3B Umpire David Rackley ejected Angels Manager Brad Ausmus (no-stop balk no-call re Boston pitcher Brandon Workman; QOCY) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the #RedSox-#Angels game. With two out and one on (R1), Angels batter Brian Goodwin fouled a pitch from Workman after which Ausmus was ejected for arguing the umpires' no-stop balk no-calls on Workman's delivery, alleging that the Red Sox closer delivered from Set Position without coming to a stop in contravention of Rule 6.02(a)(13).^ Replays indicate Workman did appear to come to a stop during his pitching cadence out of Set Position, the no-call was correct.* Original Ruling was reviewed and reversed by the UEFL Appeals Board (1-6), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Red Sox were leading, 4-3. The Red Sox ultimately on the contest, 4-3.

This is David Rackley (86)'s first ejection of 2019.
David Rackley now has 2 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = 2).
Crew Chief Larry Vanover now has 22 points in Crew Division (22 Previous + 0 QOCN = 22).
*Rule 6.02(a)(13) states, "It is a balk when—The pitcher delivers the pitch from Set Position without
coming to a stop."
*Precedent: The UEFL Appeals Board in E-077 Scheurwater ruled that Orioles pitcher Darren O'Day failed to come to a complete stop as required by rule and, thus, overturned the Original Ruling holding that the pitcher did stop. The primary difference between the O'Day balk and the Workman non-balk is that O'Day's motion was all in the same direction via a subtle swooping downward motion, whereas Workman's bringing hands together backward is tougher to adjudicate from the available replays.
Related PostMLB Ejections 077-78 - Stu Scheurwater (2-3; BAL x2) (6/25/18).

The Original Ruling holds that Workman's 0-0 and 0-2 deliveries fall under "call confirmed" territory (Workman conclusively stopped), while the 0-1 delivery is a "call stands" (replays are inconclusive as to whether Workman came to a complete stop, so the call on the field prevails).

This is the 184th ejection report of the 2019 MLB regular season.
This is the 82nd Manager ejection of 2019.
This is Los Angeles' 4th ejection of 2019, T-4th in the AL West (OAK 6; HOU, SEA 5; LAA, TEX 4).
This is Brad Ausmus' 2nd ejection of 2019, 1st since June 9 (Jeremie Rehak; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is David Rackley's 1st ejection since July 10, 2018 (Bob Melvin; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 9/1/19 | Video as follows:

Alternate Link: Bradley buys a ban begging for balk because of Brandon's bustle (LAA)
Second Video: Ausmus discusses his balk belief during a postgame press conference (LAA)


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