Sunday, October 6, 2019

Atlantic League Championship Ejection - Fred DeJesus

Although a World Series ejection is rarer than a perfect game—there have been just 22 since 1907—Atlantic League umpire Fred DeJesus made up for lost time during the 2019 ALPB Championship Series, ejecting Sugar Land Skeeters Manager Pete Incaviglia after an out call at first base, sending the broadcasters into a tizzy of loaded commentary.

With none out and none on in the bottom of the 7th inning of a 2-2 ballgame between Long Island and Sugar Land, Skeeters batter Cody Stanley hit a ground ball to Ducks second baseman Steve Lombardozzi, who threw to first baseman David Washington as Stanley arrived at first base, ruled out by DeJesus. This brought Incaviglia out of the dugout in short order for a brief argument before the home skipper turned to walk toward the dugout, still upset about the call, as DeJesus let loose with a rare Championship Series ejection.

The optics of an umpire ejecting a manager whose back was turned during the ejection drew quite the animated ire of the Skeeters broadcasting crew, which ran through nearly every item in the exasperated announcer's checklist—"appalled," "absurd," "bush league," "pitiful," "remarkable"—before finally settling on the fabled "money's worth" commentary. The Ducks ultimately won the contest, 3-2, in 10 innings.
"We know who that umpire is, too. We know him. We're not going to grace his name. We know who this guy is, and that is pitiful."
Replay Review is not used for plays on the bases in the Atlantic League, though the league does use an Automated Ball/Strike System for pitch calls, thus eliminating balls/strikes ejections.
Related PostAtlantic League ABS Robo-Ump Ejection Encore (9/28/19).

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Alternate Link: Freddie fingers feisty fly foreman for foul phrasing (SL)


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