Saturday, July 24, 2021

MLB Ejection 109 - Pat Hoberg (1; Willson Contreras)

HP Umpire Pat Hoberg ejected Cubs C Willson Contreras (strike two call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the #Diamondbacks-#Cubs game. With two out and none on, Cubs batter Jason Heyward took a 0-1 sinker from Diamondbacks pitcher Brett de Geus for a called second strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and above the hollow of the knee (px -0.73, pz 1.69 [sz_bot 1.68 / RAD 1.56 / MOE 1.47]) and that all pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Diamondbacks were leading, 7-3. The Diamondbacks ultimately won the contest, 7-3.

This is Pat Hoberg (31)'s 1st ejection of 2021.
Pat Hoberg now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Bill Welke now has 1 point in Crew Division (0 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 1).

This is the 109th ejection report of 2021.
This is the 40th player ejection of 2021. Prior to ejection, Contreras was 1-3 in the contest.
This is Chicago's 5th ejection of 2021, 3rd in the NL Central (MIL 9; CIN 7; CHC 5; PIT, STL 3).
This is Willson Contreras' 1st ejection since August 12, 2020 (Tim Timmons; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Friday, July 23, 2021

MLB Ejections 107-108 - John Libka (4-5; CWS x2)

HP Umpire John Libka ejected White Sox manager Tony La Russa (balls/strikes; QOCY) in the bottom of the 7th and SS Tim Anderson (strike call; QOCY) in the top of the 8th inning of the #WhiteSox-#Brewers game. In the 7th, facing White Sox pitcher Aaron Bummer, Brewers batter Kolten Wong singled, Willy Adames walked, Christian Yelich walked, Avisail Garcia grounded out, Omar Narvaez struck out, and, facing Ryan Burr, Luis Urias walked, and Rowdy Tellez walked. Replays indicate of the 28 callable pitches during the inning, Libka properly officiated 27 (27/28 = 93.1% Accuracy) and that the only incorrect ball call of the inning occurred during Narvaez's at-bat (Narvaez struck out), the call was correct.^ At the time of La Russa's ejection, the Brewers were leading, 3-0. 

In the 8th, with one out and none on, White Sox batter Yoan Moncada took a first-pitch slider from Brewers pitcher Hunter Strickland for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px 0.20, pz 1.33 [sz_bot 1.27 / RAD 1.15 / MOE 1.06]), the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Brewers were leading, 7-0. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 7-1.

These are John Libka (84)'s 4th and 5th ejections of 2021.
John Libka now has 20 points in the UEFL Standings (12 Prev + 2*[2 AAA + 2 Correct Call] = 20).
Crew Chief Dan Iassogna now has 7 points in Crew Division (5 Previous + 2 Correct Call = 7).
^The computer deemed the Urias ball four call CORRECT (MOE not needed, it was a correct call).
*The Moncada strike was located 3.20 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

These are the 107th and 108th ejection reports of 2021.
This is the 54th manager ejection of 2021.
This is the 39th player ejection of 2021. Prior to ejection, Anderson was 0-4 (SO, 3 LOB) in the contest.
This is Chicago's 3/4th ejections of 2021, T-1st in the AL Central (CWS, KC, MIN 4; CLE 1; DET 0).
This is Tony La Russa's 1st ejection since August 10, 2011 (Greg Gibson; QOC = N [Out/Safe]).
This is Tim Anderson's 1st ejection since Sept 22, 2020 (Angel Hernandez; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is John Libka's 4th/5th ejection of 2021, 1st since July 10 (Christian Yelich; QOC = Y [Out/Safe]).

Thursday, July 22, 2021

MLB Ejection 106 - Jansen Visconti (3; Dave Roberts)

HP Umpire Jansen Visconti ejected Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (check swing ball four call by 1B Umpire Ed Hickox) in the top of the 9th inning of the #Giants-#Dodgers game. With two out and the bases loaded, Giants batter Darin Ruf attempted to check his swing on a 3-2 cutter from Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen, ruled a ball by HP Umpire Visconti and as a taken pitch (no swing) on appeal by 1B Umpire Hickox. This play is under review by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was *PENDING*. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 3-3. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 5-3.

This is Jansen Visconti (52)'s 3rd ejection of 2021.
Jansen Visconti now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (11 Prev + 2 MLB + ? Call-Crewmate = ?).
Crew Chief Dan Iassogna now has ? points in Crew Division (5 Previous + ? Call = ?).

This is the 106th ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 53rd manager ejection of 2021.
This is Los Angeles' 3rd ejection of 2021, T-2nd in the NL West (SD 9; ARI, LAD 3; COL, SF 2).
This is Dave Roberts' 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since July 21 (Andy Fletcher; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Jansen Visconti's 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since July 11 (Brad Miller; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7/22/21 | Video as follows:

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

MLB Ejection 105 - Andy Fletcher (2; Dave Roberts)

HP Umpire Andy Fletcher ejected Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (ball four call; QOCN) in the top of the 9th inning of the #Giants-#Dodgers game. With none out and none on, Giants batter Buster Posey singled, Wilmer Flores homered, Mike Yastrzemski struck out, Darin Ruf doubled, Donovan Solano walked, Thairo Estrada walked, LaMonte Wade struck out, Curt Casali walked, and Jason Vosler grounded out. Replays indicate that while the Solano and Estrada walks from Kenley Jansen were properly officiated, ball four to Casali from pitcher Victor Gonzalez was located over the heart of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px -0.23, pz 1.56 [sz_bot 1.57 / RAD 1.45 / MOE 1.53]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Giants were leading, 4-2. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 4-2.

This is Andy Fletcher (49)'s 2nd ejection of 2021.
Andy Fletcher now has 2 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = 2).
Dan Iassogna now has 5 points in Crew Division (5 Previous + 0 QOCN = 5).
*This pitch was located 0.36 vertical inches from being deemed correct.

This is the 105th ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 52nd manager ejection of 2021.
This is Los Angeles' 2nd ejection of 2021, T-3rd in the NL West (SD 9; ARI 3; COL, LAD, SF 2).
This is Dave Roberts' 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since April 30 (Angel Hernandez; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Andy Fletcher's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since May 1 (Bryce Harper; QOC = N-c [Base Path]).

MLB Ejection 104 - Jeff Nelson (3; Mike Shildt)

HP Umpire Jeff Nelson ejected Mike Shildt (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the #Cubs-#Cardinals game. With two out and two on (R2, R3), Cardinals batter Dylan Carlson took a 3-2 fastball from Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and thigh-high (px -1.01, pz 2.28), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Cubs were leading, 1-0. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 3-2, in 10 innings.


This is Jeff Nelson (45)'s 3rd ejection of 2021.
Jeff Nelson now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (6 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = 4).
Crew Chief Jeff Nelson now has 3 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 QOCN = 3).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
*This pitch was located 1.15 horizontal inches from being deemed correct.

This is the 104th ejection of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 51st manager ejection of 2021.
This is St Louis' 3rd ejection of 2021, T-4th in the NL Central (MIL 9; CIN 7; CHC 4; PIT, STL 3).
This is the Mike Shildt's 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since May 26 (Joe West; QOC = U [Foreign Substance]).
This is Jeff Nelson's 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since July 17 (Kevin Plawecki; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

MLB Ejection 103 - Cory Blaser (3; Richard Bleier)

1B Umpire Cory Blaser ejected Marlins pitcher Richard Bleier (check swing HBP call) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the #Marlins-#Nationals game. With two out and one on (R2), Nationals batter Alcides Escobar attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 cutter from Bleier, resulting in a hit-by-pitch call ruled no swing by HP Umpire Tom Hallion and affirmed on appeal by 1B Umpire Blaser. This play is under review by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was *PENDING*. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 3-3. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 6-3. 

This is Cory Blaser (89)'s 3rd ejection of 2021.
Cory Blaser now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2 MLB + ? Call = ?).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has ? points in Crew Division (3 Previous + ? QOC = ?).

This is the 103rd ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 38th player ejection of 2021. Prior to ejection, Bleier's line was 0.2 IP, 3 ER (L, BS).
This is Miami's 6th ejection of 2021, T-1st in the NL East (MIA, PHI 6; NYM 5; WAS 2; ATL 0).
This is Richard Bleier's first career MLB ejection.
This is Cory Blaser's 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since July 10 (Lance McCullers; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals, 7/20/21 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 102 - Bill Miller (3; Joe Maddon)

HP Umpire Bill Miller ejected Angels manager Joe Maddon (balls/strikes; QOCY) in the top of the 8th inning of the #Angels-#Athletics game. With none out and none on, Angels batter Jared Walsh grounded out, Max Stassi grounded out, Brandon Marsh singled, Taylor Ward walked, and Phil Gosselin grounded out. Replays indicate of the 13 callable pitches during the top of the 8th, Miller officiated 12 properly; the one inaccuracy was a called first strike to Stassi (12/13 = 92.3% accuracy), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Athletic were leading, 6-0. The Athletics ultimately won the contest, 6-0. 

This is Bill Miller (26)'s 3rd ejection of 2021.
Bill Miller now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 8).
Crew Chief Bill Miller now has 6 points in Crew Division (5 Previous + 1 QOCY = 6).

This is the 102nd ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 50th manager ejection of 2021.
This is Los Angeles' 3rd ejection of 2021, T-2nd in the AL West (OAK 4; HOU, LAA 3; SEA, TEX 2).
This is Joe Maddon's 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since May 8 (Brian Gorman; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
This is Bill Miller's 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since June 6 (Carlos Mendoza; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Sunday, July 18, 2021

MLB Ejection 101 - Jeremy Riggs (1; Luis Rojas)

HP Umpire Jeremy Riggs ejected Mets manager Luis Rojas (fair ball call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the #Mets-#Pirates game. With one out and the bases loaded, Pirates batter Kevin Newman hit a 0-1 sinker from Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker softly on the ground up the third base line, where it was touched by Walker, ruled a fair ball by HP Umpire Riggs, before being directed into foul territory between home plate and the third-base dugout, whereupon no fielders attempted to play the ball while Pirates baserunners John Nogowski, Gregory Polanco, and Michael Perez scored. Replays indicate the batted ball was first touched by Walker while on or over fair territory, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Pirates were leading, 6-0. The Mets ultimately won the contest, 7-6.

This is Jeremy Riggs (112)'s 1st ejection of 2021.
Jeremy Riggs now has 5 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 5).
Crew Chief Larry Vanover now has 4 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 QOCY = 4).
*The Official Baseball Rules states, "A FAIR BALL is a batted ball that...while on or over fair territory touches the person of an umpire or player."
Related PostGame of Millimeters & Cuzzi's Cubs-Cardinals Fair Ball (5/22/21).

This is the 101st ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 49th manager ejection of 2021.
This is New York's 5th ejection of 2021, T-2nd in the NL East (PHI 6; MIA, NYM 5; WAS 2; ATL 0).
This is Luis Rojas' 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since June 4 (Quinn Wolcott; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Jeremy Riggs' first career MLB ejection.

Wrap: New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7/18/21 | Video as follows:

Saturday, July 17, 2021

MLB Ejections 099-100 - Laz Diaz & Jeff Nelson (BOS x2)

3B Umpire Laz Diaz ejected Red Sox bench coach Will Venable and HP Umpire Jeff Nelson ejected bench player Kevin Plawecki (check swing strike three call) in the top of the 6th inning of the #RedSox-#Yankees game. With two out and the bases loaded, Red Sox batter Christian Vazquez attempted to check his swing on a 0-2 slider from Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole, ruled a ball by HP Umpire Nelson and a swinging third strike on appeal by 1B Umpire Manny Gonzalez. This play is under review by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was *PENDING*. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 1-1. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 3-1, in 6 innings.

This is Laz Diaz (63)'s 2nd ejection of 2021.
This is Jeff Nelson (45)'s 2nd ejection of 2021.
Laz Diaz now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (3 Prev + 2 MLB + ? Call-Crewmate = ?).
Jeff Nelson now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2 MLB + ? Call-Crewmate = ?).
Crew Chief Jeff Nelson now has ? points in Crew Division (1 Previous + ? Call = ?).

These are the 99th and 100th ejection reports of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 37th player ejection of 2021. Prior to ejection, Plawecki did not appear in the game.
This is Boston's 4/5th ejection of 2021, 2nd in the AL East (NYY 6; BOS 5; TOR 3; BAL 2; TB 0).
This is Will Venable's 1st ejection since April 9, 2015 (Tripp Gibson; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Kevin Plawecki's first career MLB ejection.
This is Laz Diaz's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since April 11 (Scott Servais; QOC = U [Warnings]).
This is Jeff Nelson's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since June 6 (Edgar Valera; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees, 7/17/21 | Video as follows:

Umpires Removed Tribute Patch as FTX Took Its Place

Not too long ago, we were asked why umpires removed the traditional black-and-white memorial patch for deceased colleagues from their left sleeve, and now we have a three letter answer: FTX, MLB's new advertiser and cryptocurrency exchange partner, whose patch as of the 2021 All-Star Game now appears on both the umpire jersey's left chest and left sleeve.

Umpires began the 2021 season with two memorial patches in honor of former major league officials who had passed away during the fall of 2020: 34-year AL and MLB umpire Derryl Cousins, who died in October 2020, and NL/MLB umpire Paul Schrieber, who died in November 2020.

When FTX first appeared on umpire uniforms at the 2021 All-Star Game, it effectively replaced the memorial patches on the umpire's left sleeve. According to MLB's partnership announcement, FTX logo patches will continue to adorn all umpire uniforms for all MLB games.

At one point in 2017, the umpiring community was besieged by five concurrent deaths and wound up placing a fifth patch on the opposite sleeve, above the umpires' uniform numbers. Will the memorial patch tradition be afforded the opportunity to continue in that form? Only time will tell.
Related PostUmpires Add 5th Memorial Patch for Bob Motley (9/30/17).

Video as follows:

Friday, July 16, 2021

MLB Ejection 098 - Greg Gibson (3; Charlie Montoyo)

HP Umpire Greg Gibson ejected Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo (untimely Replay Review challenge of out call at 1B; QOCY) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the #Rangers-#BlueJays game. With two out and none on, Blue Jays batter Cavan Biggio hit a 1-0 slider from Rangers pitcher Joe Barlow on the ground to second baseman Nick Solak, who threw to Barlow as Biggio arrived at first base, ruled out by 1B Umpire Stu Scheurwater for the inning's third out. Gibson subsequently denied Montoyo's attempt to challenge Scheurwater's out call, ruling that Montoyo had consumed more than 20 seconds from the end of the play until announcing his intent to challenge/request a review of the play in contravention of Replay Review regulations. Replays do not indicate that Montoyo informed Gibson of an intent to challenge the preceding play, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Blue Jays were leading, 6-0. The Blue Jays ultimately won the contest, 10-2.

This is Greg Gibson (53)'s third ejection of 2021.
Greg Gibson now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 6).
Crew Chief Greg Gibson now has 3 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 3).
Related EjectionMLB Ejection 018 - Greg Gibson (2; Aaron Boone) (4/26/21).

This is the 98th ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 48th manager ejection of 2021.
This is Toronto's 3rd ejection of 2021, T-2nd in the AL East (NYY 6; BOS, TOR 3; BAL 2; TB 0).
This is Charlie Montoyo's 1st ejection since August 16, 2020 (Vic Carapazza; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Greg Gibson's 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since April 26 (Aaron Boone; QOC = N [Replay Timing]).

Wrap: Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays of Buffalo, 7/16/21 | Video as follows:

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

MLB Debuts Umpire Uniform Ads During All-Star Game

Major League Baseball unveiled its new partnership with cryptocurrency exchange FTX with ad patches debuting on umpire uniforms during the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, a notable choice for MLB's first-ever umpire uniform sponsor given Joe West's 2018 comment, regarding money and gambling in baseball: "it scares me to death."

MLB announced its partnership with FTX Trading Limited and West Realm Shires Services in June, writing that professional sports' first Official Cryptocurrency Exchange brand partnership would adorn umpire jerseys...which is somewhat of an ironic placement.

While umpires are largely entrusted with enforcing the rules of the game, cryptocurrencies are largely unregulated financial instruments that aren't exactly beholden to existing rules for securities, though recent comments from the SEC indicate a desire to craft new policy. Perhaps regulators could ask the umpires for help.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

MLB Ejection 097 - Jansen Visconti (2; Brad Miller)

HP Umpire Jansen Visconti ejected Phillies DH Brad Miller (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 9th inning of the #Phillies-#RedSox game. With none out and none on, Miller took a 1-2 knuckle curve from Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and above the hollow of the knee (px 0.36, pz 1.71 [sz_bot 1.41 / RAD 1.29 / MOE 1.20]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Phillies were leading, 5-4. The Phillies ultimately won the contest, 5-4.

This is Jansen Visconti (52)'s 2nd ejection of 2021.
Jansen Visconti now has 11 points in the UEFL Standings (7 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 11).
Crew Chief Jerry Meals now has 4 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 QOCY = 4).
*This pitch was located 6.08 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 97th ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 36th player ejection of 2021. Prior to ejection, Brad Miller was 0-3 (2 SO) in the contest.
This is Philadelphia's 6th ejection of 2021, 1st in the NL East (PHI 6; MIA 5; NYM 4; WAS 2; ATL 0).
This is Brad Miller's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since May 20 (Dan Iassogna; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Jansen Visconti's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since April 10 (Manny Machado; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Boston Red Sox, 7/11/21 | Video as follows:

Saturday, July 10, 2021

MLB Ejection 096 - Cory Blaser (2; Lance McCullers)

HP Umpire Cory Blaser ejected Astros bench player Lance McCullers Jr (check swing strike three call) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the #Yankees-#Astros game. With one out and one on (R1), Astros batter Yuli Gurriel attempted to check his swing on a 0-2 slider from Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole, ruled a swinging third strike by HP Umpire Blaser. This play is under review by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was *PENDING*. At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 1-0. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 1-0.


This is Cory Blaser (89)'s 2nd ejection of 2021.
Cory Blaser now has ? points in the UEFL Standings (-4 Prev + 2 MLB + ? Call = ?).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has ? points in Crew Division (2 Previous + ? Call = ?).

This is the 96th ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 35th player ejection of 2021. Prior to ejection, McCullers did not appear in the game.
This is Houston's 3rd ejection of 2021, 2nd in the AL West (OAK 4; HOU 3; LAA, SEA, TEX 2).
This is Lance McCullers, Jr.' first career MLB ejection.
This is Cory Blasers' 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since April 24 (David Ross; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros, 7/10/21 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 095 - Doug Eddings (1; Joey Votto)

3B Umpire Doug Eddings ejected Reds 1B Joey Votto (check swing strike three call) in the top of the 8th inning of the #Reds-#Brewers game. With one out and two on (R1, R2), Reds batter Votto attempted to check his swing on a 3-2 fastball from Brewers pitcher Brad Boxberger, called a ball by HP Umpire Gabe Morales and ruled a swinging strike on appeal by 3B Umpire Eddings. This play is under review by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was *PENDING*. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 3-3. The Reds ultimately won the contest, 4-3.

This is Doug Eddings (88)'s 1st ejection of 2021.
Doug Eddings now has x points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 MLB + ? Call = ?).
Crew Chief Doug Eddings now has ? points in Crew Division (4 Previous + ? Call = ?).

This is the 95th ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 34th player ejection of 2021. Prior to ejection, Votto was 0-3 (2 SO) in the contest.
This is Cincinnati's 7th ejection of 2021, 2nd in the NL Central (MIL 9; CIN 7; CHC 4; PIT 3; STL 2).
This is Joey Votto's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since June 19 (Ryan Additon; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Doug Eddings' 1st ejection since September 10, 2020 (Max Muncy; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7/10/21 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejections 093-94 - Morales, Libka (MIL x2)

HP Umpire Gabe Morales ejected Brewers manager Craig Counsell (balls/strikes; QOCY) in the top of the 6th and 1B Umpire John Libka ejected Brewers LF Christian Yelich (out call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the #Reds-#Brewers game. In the top of the 6th, Reds batter Jonathan India was hit by a pitch, Jesse Winker singled, and Nick Castellanos hit a home run; Counsell was ejected during the ensuing pitching change in which Brent Suter replaced Freddy Peralta. Replays indicate of the five callable pitches in the half inning preceding ejection, HP Umpire Morales' officiated five correctly (5/5 = 100% accuracy), the call was correct.

In the bottom of the 6th, with none out and none on, Brewers batter Yelich bunted a first-pitch fastball from Reds pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez on the ground to Gutierrez, who threw wildly to first base. As Yelich stood down the right field line, Reds second baseman Jonathan India, who had retrieved the ball, tagged Yelich. Replays indicate Yelich, after overrunning first base, made a motion to indicate an attempt to run to second before stopping his motion and remaining down the right field line, the call was correct.* At the time of both ejections, the Reds were leading, 3-1. The Reds ultimately won the contest, 4-3.

This is Gabe Morales (47)'s 2nd ejection of 2021.
This is John Libka (84)'s 3rd ejection of 2021.
Gabe Morales now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
John Libka now has 12 points in the UEFL Standings (8 Prev + 2 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 12).
Crew Chief Doug Eddings now has 4 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 2 QOCY = 4).
*Official Baseball Rule 5.09(b)(11) declares a runner is out when the runner "fails to return at once to first base after overrunning or oversliding that base. If the runner attempts to run to second they are out when tagged."

These are the 93rd and 94th ejection reports of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 47th manager ejection of 2021.
This is the 33rd player ejection of 2021. Prior to ejection, Yelich was 2-3 in the contest.
This is Milwaukee's 8/9th ejection of 2021, 1st in the NL Central (MIL 9; CIN 6; CHC 4; PIT 3; STL 2).
This is Craig Counsell's 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since May 18 (Brian Gorman; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Christian Yelich's 1st ejection since May 9, 2017 (Andy Fletcher; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Gabe Morales' 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since June 6 (Phil Nevin; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is John Libka's 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since April 20 (Luis Rojas; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7/10/21 | Video as follows:

Checking in With RoboUmp's Auto Ball/Strike System

We check in with the MLB-partnered Atlantic League's automated ball/strike system (ABS) experiment colloquially referred to as RoboUmp during a recent Lexington Legends vs Lancaster Barnstormers series and find, similar to when the computerized umpire test began severals ago in the ALPB, that RoboUmp appears to still have trouble calling balls and strikes.

Because, frankly, we just don't have the time to sit through an entire game looking for close calls, we found a random smattering of...interesting...decisions by ABS, including a strike three call on a pitch that, well, let's just say evaded detection by the broadcast crew for a good period of time after the delayed strike three mechanic was actually made. 

Jordan Pacheco, the batter called for the strikeout, took to Twitter to express his frustration: "Thank you @MLB for putting the automated strike zone in the @AtlanticLg."

So much for that Trackman-to-Hawkeye upgrade. For a collection of articles about the computer strike zone, the Atlantic League, and beyond (including links to articles that contain video highlighting RoboUmp's best plate work), visit the following article.
Related PostMLB Announces Atlantic League as First Partner (9/23/20).

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Friday, July 9, 2021

MLB Ejection 092 - David Rackley (1; Jose Alvarez)

HP Umpire David Rackley ejected Giants pitcher Jose Alvarez (balls/strikes; QOCY) in the top of the 4th inning of the #Nationals-#Giants game. With none out and none on, Nationals batter Juan Soto singled, Josh Bell walked, Starlin Castro lined out, and Tres Barrera tripled; Alvarez was ejected during a pitching change. Replays indicate of the 11 callable pitches thrown by Alvarez during his appearance, Rackley officiated 11 properly (11/11 = 100% accuracy; closest pitch: ball one to Bell [px -0.50, pz 1.57 {sz_bot 1.63 / RAD 1.51 / MOE 1.59}]), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Giants were leading, 3-2. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 5-3.

This is David Rackley (86)'s 1st ejection of 2021.
David Rackley now has 5 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 5).
Crew Chief Marvin Hudson now has 5 points in Crew Division (4 Previous + 1 QOCY = 5).

This is the 92nd ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 32nd player ejection of 2021. Prior to ejection, Alvarez's line was 0.1 IP, 3 ER, BB.
This is San Francisco's 2nd ejection of 2021, T-3rd in the NL West (SD 9; ARI 3; COL, SF 2; LAD 1).
This is Jose Alvarez's first career MLB ejection.
This is David Rackley's 1st ejection since September 1, 2019 (Brad Ausmus; QOC = N [Balk]).

Wrap: Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants, 7/9/21 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 091 - James Hoye (2; Terry Francona)

3B Umpire James Hoye ejected Indians manager Terry Francona (out call/two runners in contact with a base; QOCN) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the #Royals-#Indians game. With none out and two on (R1, R3), Indians batter Amed Rosario hit a first-pitch changeup from Royals pitcher Brad Keller on the ground to shortstop Nicky Lopez who threw to catcher Salvador Perez as Indians baserunner R3 Daniel Johnson ran in between third and home. Perez ran Johnson back to third base as trailing runner R1 Cesar Hernandez slid into third; Perez tagged both players, with Hoye ruling both runners out—following runner Hernandez for being tagged while two runners were in contact with the same base and preceding runner Johnson out as Johnson broke contact with third base after the initial tag attempt. Replays indicate following runner Hernandez was not tagged while preceding runner Johnson was also in contact with the base, while preceding runner Johnson was tagged while off his base, the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 1-1. The Indians ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is James Hoye (92)'s 2nd ejection of 2021.
James Hoye now has 2 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = 2).
Crew Chief James Hoye now has 3 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 0 QOCN = 3).
*Official Baseball Rule 5.06(a)(2): "Two runners may not occupy a base, but if, while the ball is alive, two runners are touching a base, the following runner shall be out when tagged and the preceding runner is entitled to the base, unless Rule 5.06(b)(2) applies." OBR 5.06(b)(2) simply states that in a force play situation, the leading runner forced to advance (the preceding runner) is out when tagged and the following runner is entitled to the forced base.

This is the 91st ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 46th manager ejection of 2021.
This is Cleveland's 1st ejection of 2021, 4th in the AL Central (KC, MIN 4; CWS 2; CLE 1; DET 0).
This is Terry Francona's 1st ejection since May 25, 2019 (Eric Cooper; QOC = N [Check Swing]).
This is James Hoye's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since April 30 (Phillip Evans; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians, 7/9/21 | Video as follows:

Teachable - Chris Segal's Foul Line Pickoff Play

On this edition of Tmac's Teachable Moments, 3B Umpire Chris Segal has an out call upheld on Padres baserunner Jurickson Profar's slide into third base against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles appeared to have Profar picked off on a throw to second as middle infielder Chris Taylor held the ball with Profar well off of second base. 3B Umpire Segal therefore knows a tag is coming and puts himself into position behind the base, in line to see third baseman Justin Turner's timely tag, an out call upheld via Replay Review.

By moving into foul territory, effectively along the second-to-third baseline extended, Segal ensured a look at the keyhole angle necessary to see Turner's tag on Profar's hand before Profar made contact with third base. One might even say Segal found himself a bird's eye view.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

2021 MLB All-Star Game Umpires

Major League Baseball assigned the following umpires to officiate the 2021 MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Tom Hallion will serve as crew chief and home plate umpire.

HP Umpire: Tom Hallion (3rd All-Star Game).
1B Umpire: CB Bucknor (2nd ASG).
2B Umpire: Chris Guccione (2nd ASG).
3B Umpire: Lance Barrett (1st ASG).
LF Umpire: David Rackley (1st ASG).
RF Umpire: Adam Hamari (1st ASG).
Replay Official: Greg Gibson (not the HP umpire).

Pursuant to UEFL Rule 2-2-a, all All-Star Game umpires will receive one League point for appearing in the contest (two for the crew chief). No points are awarded to the Replay Official (must "appear in that game").

Double-A Umpires assigned to the All-Star Futures Game include:
HP Umpire: Darius Ghani.
1B Umpire: Michael Rains.
2B Umpire: Mark Stewart.
3B Umpire: Sam Burch.

These Futures Game umpires will also officiate the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game and Home Run Derby.

Triple-A cancelled its 2021 All-Star Game, so no umpires were assigned to it.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

El Paso Coach Ejected After Team Refuses to Play

HP Umpire Lew Williams ejected Chihuahuas 3B coach Oscar Salazar while enforcing baseball's pace of play batter's box rule as El Paso unsuccessfully tried to delay a game from becoming official in the top of the 5th inning and Albuquerque leading, 3-0.

With none out and one on (R2), El Paso batter Taylor Kohlwey refused to take his position in the batter's box, with broadcasters speculating that manager Edwin Rodriguez had ordered Kohlwey away from home plate.

Notably, while speculation reigned that Rodriguez's argument pertained to lightning in the area and potentially not wanting to place a batter onto the open field, it bears mention that El Paso baserunner R2 Matt Batten remained on second base and both base coaches remained in their positions during this peculiar standoff near home plate.

Regardless, as Official Baseball Rule 4.03(e) states, "the umpires are in charge of the playing field and from [the moment lineups are exchanged] the umpire-in-chief shall have sole authority to determine when a game shall be called, suspended, or resumed on account of weather."

Williams, having consulted with Triple-A West crewmates Justin Robinson and Clayton Hamm, and having determined the game shall proceed, then turned to OBR 5.04(b)(3) regarding a batter's refusal to occupy the batter's box and called automatic strikes, three of which turned into an automatic out.

After Williams possibly reminded or warned of OBR 7.03(a)(2) and (3) which allow umpires to forfeit a game if a team refuses to continue play or "employs tactics palpably designed to delay or shorten the game," manager Rodriguez sent ensuing batter Ivan Castillo to the plate to resume play with an out charged to the team due to Kohlwey's repeated refusal to enter the box.

3B coach Salazar continued to argue and was summarily dismissed, with El Paso going on to score three runs in the frame before the now-tied game was officially suspended due to weather.

Wrap: El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Albuquerque Isotopes, 7/6/21 | Video as follows:

Monday, July 5, 2021

MLB Ejection 090 - Nic Lentz (2; David Ross)

HP Umpire Nic Lentz ejected Cubs manager David Ross (ball four call; QOCY) in the top of the 6th inning of the #Phillies-#Cubs game. With none out and none on, Phillies batter Bryce Harper took a 3-2 fastball from Cubs pitcher Rex Brothers for a called fourth ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px -0.36, pz 1.43 [sz_bot 1.60 / RAD 1.48 / MOE 1.56]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 2-2. The Phillies ultimately won the contest, 13-3.

This is Nic Lentz (59)'s 2nd ejection of 2021.
Nic Lentz now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 3).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 0 points in Crew Division (-1 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 0).
*This pitch was located 1.56 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 90th ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 45th manager ejection of 2021.
This is Chicago's 4th ejection of 2021, 3rd in the NL Central (MIL 7; CIN 6; CHC 4; PIT 3; STL 2).
This is David Ross' 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since May 23 (Erich Bacchus; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Nic Lentz's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since May 8 (Jayce Tingler; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs, 7/5/21 | Video as follows:

Teachable - Laz Hedges the Wedge & Keeps the Keyhole

In this Teachable Moment, tmac follows HP Umpire Laz Diaz on a play at the plate as Nationals runner Josh Bell attempts to score on a single to left field as Rays catcher Mike Zunino fields Randy Arozarena's throw and dives to tag the sliding baserunner.

This upheld Replay Review play from the Washington-Tampa Bay series features an umpire adjusting their position at home plate based on the catcher's actions in receiving the ball and where the umpire believes the tag attempt will most likely occur as a result of the catcher's movement.

Diaz sees catcher Zunino move to his left (into foul territory) to field the throw, so Diaz moves to his right (toward fair territory [extended]) to preserve the keyhole angle and the view that will provide the best evidence for determining whether or not the runner is out. In this case, Diaz rules the runner out and this call is upheld.

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

MLB Ejection 089 - Tom Hallion (2; Ethan Katz)

HP Umpire Tom Hallion ejected White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz (ball four call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the #WhiteSox-#Tigers game. With two out and the bases loaded, Tigers batter Zack Short took a 0-1 cutter from White Sox pitcher Ryan Burr for a called first ball and 3-2 fastball from Burr for a called fourth ball. Replays indicate the 0-1 pitch, ruled ball one, was located over the outer half of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px 0.54, pz 1.45 [sz_bot 1.50 / RAD 1.38 / MOE 1.46]) while the 3-2 pitch, ruled ball four, was located over the outer half of home plate and below the midpoint (px 0.59, pz 3.29 [sz_top 3.30 / RAD 3.42 / MOE 3.34]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Tigers were leading, 7-5. The Tigers ultimately won the contest, 11-5.

This is Tom Hallion (20)'s 2nd ejection of 2021.
Tom Hallion now has 0 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = 0).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has 2 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 0 QOCN = 2).
*The 3-2 pitch was located 0.60 vertical inches from being deemed a correct call.

This is the 89th ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is Chicago's 2nd ejection of 2021, 3rd in the AL Central (KC, MIN 4; CWS 2; CLE, DET 0).
This is Ethan Katz's first career MLB ejection.
This is Tom Hallion's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since April 21 (Jayce Tingler; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers, 7/3/21 | Video as follows:

Umpire Mechanics Spotlighted During Mariners Game

During a fly ball to center field Friday night, Mariners broadcasters Dave Sims and Mike Blowers zeroed in on the umpiring crew, tracing 2B Umpire Adam Hamari, 3B Umpire Adrian Johnson, and HP Umpire John Tumpane as they moved to make a call on Rangers batter Adolis Garcia's attempted double in Seattle.

With none out and none on, Garcia hit a batted ball to Mariners center fielder Taylor Trammel, who attempted to dive to catch the fly. 2B Umpire Hamari, having gone out to rule on the trouble ball, properly ruled "no catch" using a standard arms-spread safe mechanic. With Hamari out of the infield, 3B Umpire Johnson ran to cover Hamari's vacated base at second, where Johnson would ultimately call Garcia out as he unsuccessfully attempted to turn a single into a hustle double.

Rounding out the umpiring movements, HP Umpire Tumpane jogged into third base to cover for Johnson, preparing for the potential play if, say, Trammel had overthrown shortstop JP Crawford, leading batter-runner Garcia to try for third base.

With Garcia out at second base, 1B Umpire Sean Barber remained at first base in case Garcia had tried to run back to first to avoid a tag. Had Garcia slid safely into second base and attempted to advance to third, Barber would have run to home plate, covering for Tumpane, who was covering for Johnson, who was covering for Hamari.

Umpire training programs, such as umpire school, camp, and otherwise, teach the movement/rotation/coverage system Friday night's crew employed in Seattle; it is also codified in the MLB Umpire Manual. The next time you're at a baseball game, watch the umpires when a ball is hit toward the outfield and one of the crew who has responsibility for such matters goes into the outfield; the rest of the crew will backfill based on the prescribed mechanics, showing that hustle is still key even for the officials in order to have every potential play covered.

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Friday, July 2, 2021

MLB Ejections 086-88 - Dan Iassogna (2-4; MIA x3)

2B Umpire Dan Iassogna ejected Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez, pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, and manager Don Mattingly (throwing at Braves batter Ronald Acuña and arguing ejection) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the #Marlins-#Braves game. With none out and none on, Braves leadoff batter Acuña took a first-pitch sinker from Lopez for a hit-by-pitch, as called by HP Umpire Andy Fletcher. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and struck Acuña in the left upper body; warnings had not previously been issued (it was the first pitch of the Marlins' defensive game), the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the game was tied, 0-0. The Braves ultimately won the contest, 1-0.

These are Dan Iassogna (58)'s 2nd, 3rd, and 4th ejections of 2021.
Dan Iassogna now has 7 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 3*[2 MLB + 0 QOCU] = 7).
Crew Chief Dan Iassogna now has 8 points in Crew Division (5 Previous + 3 Irrecusable = 8).

These are the 85th, 86th, and 87th ejection reports of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is Miami's 3/4/5th ejection of 2021, T-1st in the NL East (MIA, PHI 5; NYM 4; WAS 2; ATL 0).
This is Pablo Lopez's first career MLB ejection.
This is Mel Stottlemyre's 1st ejection since July 18, 2017 (Dan Bellino; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Don Mattingly's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since April 12 (Tim Timmons; QOC = N-c [Replay Review]).

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves, 7/2/21 | Video as follows:

Teachable - Lentz Takes the Time on SB Attempt

In this Teachable Moment, tmac looks at 2B Umpire Nic Lentz' officiating of a stolen base attempt at second during a Cardinals-White Sox game. When St. Louis baserunner Edmundo Sosa attempts to steal, Chicago catcher Yasmani Grandal throws to shortstop Tim Anderson, who attempts to keep the tag on Sosa as he completes the slide...but did he overslide?

On a play that goes to Replay Review and comes back as confirmed as signaled by Crew Chief Joe West, Lentz quickly adjusts his positioning at second base to gain the optimum angle to officiate this play and to see whether runner Sosa will be able to remain on the bag or not.

As fate would have it, Sosa overslides, Anderson tags Sosa while the runner is not in contact with second base, and the play is officiated and reviewed in an easier fashion than might otherwise appear had proper timing not been involved.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

CHC-MIL Runner's Lane Interference No-Call Analysis

In this Ask the UEFL, we consider a possible runner's lane interference play in Milwaukee after Brewers batter-runner Tyrone Taylor collided with Cubs first baseman Patrick Wisdom, no-called by HP Umpire Jeremie Rehak.

You'll recall that Official Baseball Rule 5.09(a)(11) requires several elements for RLI:
> Ball is being fielded to first base.
> Batter-runner fails to run within 45' lane.
> In doing so, interferes with fielder taking the throw.
> Throw could have otherwise reasonably retired runner.

Additionally, if the runner entered the lane legally and ran within it or on the foul line the entire length of the 45' lane, the runner is allowed to exit the lane "in the immediate vicinity of first base for the sole purpose of touching first base."

Did OBR 5.09(a)(11) apply here and if so why didn't Rehak call Taylor for interference?

First and foremost, we establish that (1) the ball was being fielded to first base by virtue of pitcher Jake Arrieta's throw to first baseman Wisdom. Second (2), batter-runner Taylor failed to run within the lane. Third (3), although Wisdom failed to catch the throw, was this due to illegal hindrance from Taylor? Your mileage may vary. Fourth (4), because the throw glanced off Wisdom's mitt, he likely would have otherwise been able to catch the ball and retired the runner (reasonable).

So the only question is whether Taylor impeded Wisdom in catching the ball. If your answer is yes, this is runner's lane interference. If no, this is a no-call.

We also look at Rehak's positioning on this play. It's critical that the play begins with a runner on third base because that means Rehak has to stay point of plate (or thereabouts) in anticipation of a potential tag play: tags at home are more important than potential RLI at first. Only when Rehak reads Arrieta's commitment to first base does he shift to first baseline extended.

Unfortunately, that's too late as the runner is already nearing their last stride to first base. With no definitive knowledge as to whether the runner was legal prior to this last stride, the umpire errs on the side of granting Taylor last stride exit protection (which Taylor was not entitled to, but would have required seeing the totality of the play to judge).

Discussion question: Could the first base umpire have helped here? Does it matter when the expected call appeared to be a no-call, with Cubs manager David Ross not arguing the no-call and the broadcast appearing not to pick up on the potential for RLI.

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June 2021 Call of the Month - Sean Barber's Position Slide

For the month of June 2021, Tmac has selected 3B Umpire Sean Barber's Father's Day safe call on a tag play in New York as Yankees baserunner Gary Sanchez steps around A's third baseman Matt Chapman and eludes the tag, with Barber scrambling around the base to officiate the play.

With Chapman falling down to field Oakland's throw to third, Sanchez jogs into third base standing up, eventually running by third base before diving back to get his hand into the base while still avoiding Chapman's tag attempt.

Barber's call, ultimately upheld via Replay Review, involves adjusting one's position to gain the best angle to see whether or not the fielder tagged the runner.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

MLB Ejection 085 - CB Bucknor (1; Brent Strom)

HP Umpire CB Bucknor ejected Astros pitching coach Brent Strom (ball three call; QOCN) in the top of the 1st inning of the #Orioles-#Astros game. With none out and one on, Orioles batter Trey Mancini took a 2-1 slider from Astros pitcher Luis Garcia for a called third ball before walking on a subsequent pitch; Strom was ejected during a mound visit. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and above the hollow of the knee (px -0.57, pz 1.84 [sz_bot 1.60 / RAD 1.48 / MOE 1.56]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 0-0. The Orioles ultimately won the contest, 5-2.

This is CB Bucknor (54)'s 1st ejection of 2021.
CB Bucknor now has -3 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -3).
Crew Chief Kerwin Danley now has 9 points in Crew Division (9 Previous + 0 QOCN = 9).
*This pitch was located 3.36 vertical inches from being deemed a correct call.

This is the 84th ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is Houston's 2nd ejection of 2021, T-2nd in the AL West (OAK 4; HOU, LAA, SEA, TEX 2).
This is Brent Strom's 1st ejection since February 26, 2020 (Mike Estabrook; QOC = U [Balls/Strikes]).
This is CB Bucknor's 1st ejection since May 7, 2019 (Anthony Rendon; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Baltimore Orioles vs. Houston Astros, 6/30/21 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 084 - Jeremie Rehak (2; Andy Haines)

HP Umpire Jeremy Rehak ejected Brewers hitting coach Andy Haines (strike three call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 4th inning of the #Cubs-#Brewers game. With one out and the bases loaded, Brewers batter Christian Yelich took a 1-2 slider from Cubs pitcher Tommy Nance for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px 0.29, pz 1.66 [sz_bot 1.76 / 1.64 / MOE 1.55]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Brewers were leading, 10-7. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 15-7.

This is Jeremie Rehak (35)'s 2nd ejection of 2021.
Jeremie Rehak now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Jeff Nelson now has 2 points in Crew Division (1 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 2).
*This pitch was located 1.27 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 84th ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is Milwakee's 7th ejection of 2021, 1st in the NL Central (MIL 7; CIN 6; CHC, PIT 3; STL 2).
This is Andy Haines' 1st ejection since Sept 4, 2020 (Jerry Meals; QOC = N [Check Swing]).
This is Jeremy Rehak's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since April 8 (Brandon Hyde; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 6/30/21 | Video as follows:

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

MLB Ejection 083 - Hunter Wendelstedt (3; Eric Hosmer)

HP Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ejected Padres 1B Eric Hosmer (check swing strike one call) in the top of the 7th inning of the #Padres-#Reds game. With two out and one on (R1), Padres batter Tommy Pham attempted to check his swing on a first-pitch curveball from Reds pitcher Sean Doolittle, ruled a swinging first strike by HP Umpire Wendelstedt. This play is under review by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was *PENDING*. At the time of the ejection, the Padres were leading, 5-4. The Padres ultimately won the contest, 5-4.

This is Hunter Wendelstedt (21)'s 3rd ejection of 2021.
Hunter Wendelstedt now has X points in the UEFL Standings (13 Prev + 2 MLB + ? Call = X).
Crew Chief Hunter Wendelstedt now has X points in Crew Division (8 Prev + ? Call = X).

This is the 83rd ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 30th player ejection of 2021. Prior to ejection, Hosmer was 1-3 in the contest.
This is San Diego's 9th ejection of 2021, 1st in MLB/NL West (SD 9; ARI 3; COL 2; LAD, SF 1).
This is Eric Hosmer's 1st ejection since Sept 5, 2020 (Quinn Wolcott; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Wendelstedt's 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since June 5 (Jurickson Profar; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: San Diego Padres vs. Cincinnati Reds, 6/29/21 | Video as follows:

Monday, June 28, 2021

Crew Consultation & Getting It Right - Heyward's Foul HR

When 3B Umpire DJ Reyburn's initial home run call on Cubs batter Jason Heyward's drive into the left field stands at Dodger Stadium was changed to that of foul ball, eventually confirmed via Replay Review, it illustrated the officiating axiom of getting the call right as a priority.

To review, Heyward led off the 7th inning of Saturday's Cubs-Dodgers game in Los Angeles by hitting Dodgers pitcher Garrett Cleavinger's 1-2 slider into the grandstand beyond the left field corner and near the foul pole. 3B Umpire Reyburn initially signaled fair and home run, but 2B Umpire and Crew Chief Brian O'Nora's crew convened and Reyburn reversed the original ruling to an on-field call of foul ball.

The on-field call went to Replay Review, which confirmed the foul ball call, as video evidence indicated the batted ball left the playing field to the foul territory side of the foul pole; the white ball crossed over the yellow pole from camera angles near the infield.

In 2018, we first discussed the MLB Umpire Manual's entry for Crew Consultation and Getting the Call Right, and it bears repeating here.

In 2017, we discussed the importance of the call on the field—which is why getting together as a crew to get the call right before going to Replay Review is so important.

Official Baseball Rule 8.02(c) further allows for rectifying a play after reversing an initial call. The main idea is that the original umpire may consult crewmates—asking for help, as it were—in several specific situations, one of which is ruling fair/foul on a ball that leaves the playing field in flight: HR or foul ball. 

Although no umpire shall seek to overturn or overrule a crewmate, the calling umpire may, in certain circumstances such as HR vs foul, ask for help and upon receiving this information decide whether or not to change their original call.

Thus, Reyburn determined based on additional information supplied by the crew that the batted ball was foul and Reyburn accordingly changed his initial home run call to that of foul ball, a decision and a call that was confirmed by Replay Review when the Replay Official determined the ball did indeed conclusively, with clear and convincing visual evidence, leave the field in foul territory.

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

MLB Ejection 082 - Phil Cuzzi (2; Hector Santiago)

HP Umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Mariners pitcher Hector Santiago (foreign substance) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the #Mariners-#WhiteSox game. With one out and two on, Santiago walked White Sox batter Luis Gonzalez, after which manager Scott Servais made a pitching change. As Santiago walked off the field, pursuant to MLB's circa 6/21/21 foreign substance enforcement protocols, the umpires inspected, amongst others, Santiago's hat and glove, with the umpires locating an illegal substance on Santiago's glove, Cuzzi ejecting Santiago pursuant to Official Baseball Rule 6.02(c) regarding foreign substances. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 1-1. The Mariners ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Phil Cuzzi (10)'s 2nd ejection of 2021.
Phil Cuzzi now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 3).
Crew Chief Phil Cuzzi now has 3 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 1 QOCU = 3).
*OBR 6.02(c): "The pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance."
Penalty: Immediate ejection, automatic suspension for 10 days.

This is the 82nd ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 29th player ejection of 2021. Prior to ejection, Santiago's line was 2.1 IP, ER.
This is Seattle's 2nd ejection of 2021, T-2nd in the AL West (OAK 4; LAA, SEA, TEX 2; HOU 1).
This is Hector Santiago's 1st ejection since May 20, 2016 (John Tumpane; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Phil Cuzzi's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since April 14 (Bud Black; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox, 6/27/21 | Video as follows:

Saturday, June 26, 2021

MLB Ejection 081 - Lance Barrett (2; Bob Melvin)

HP Umpire Lance Barrett ejected Athletics manager Bob Melvin (ball three call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the #Athletics-#Giants game. With one out and none on, Giants batter Steven Duggar took a 2-2 fastball from A's pitcher Jake Diekman for a called third ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and thigh-high (px -0.81, pz 2.7) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 4-4. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 6-5.

This is Lance Barrett (94)'s 2nd ejection of 2021.
Lance Barrett now has 10 points in the UEFL Standings (6 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 10).
Crew Chief Alfonso Marquez now has 9 points in Crew Division (8 Previous + 1 QOCY = 9).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
This pitch was located 0.74 horizontal inches from being deemed an incorrect call.

This is the 81st ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 43rd manager ejection of 2021.
This is Oakland's 4th ejection of 2021, 1st in the AL West (OAK 4; LAA, TEX 2; HOU, SEA 1).
This is Bob Melvin's 3rd ejection of 2021, 1st since May 20 (Alan Porter; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Lance Barrett's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since June 3 (Alex Cora; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants, 6/26/21 | Video as follows:

MiLB Ejection - Taka Matsuda (Pat Kelly & A Broken Belt)

For HP Umpire Taka Matsuda, Friday's Triple-A matchup between Indianapolis and Louisville featured a most bizarre ejection as Bats manager Pat Kelly was ejected while yelling at the umpire as he attempted to fix a broken belt by replacing it with that of Crew Chief Alex MacKay.

Kelly's 6th inning ejection followed the prior ejection of Bats shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez, after Kelly had already returned to the dugout having argued Rodriguez's ejection, and occurred after Matsuda's belt broke while the umpire reached down to clean home plate.

As crewmates MacKay and Dave Martinez assisted in replacing the faulty belt—a requirement to hold the plate umpire's ball bags—Kelly shouted from the dugout and was ejected as Matsuda adjusted his new belt, the skipper quickly turning his ire to MacKay and Martinez before leaving the field.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

A Tale of Two Touches - Last Time By in TB

Thursday's Red Sox-Rays game featured two retouch mistakes on the bases, resulting in a successful appeal for the first, while the second error was fixed thanks to the runner returning to the missed base and touching it.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, Rays batter Randy Arozarena, with runner R1 Brandon Lowe on first base, flied out to right fielder Hunter Renfroe as Lowe ran to, past, and back from second base. The Red Sox appealed that Lowe had failed to retouch second base after passing it and while retreating toward first base, resulting in an inning-ending double play as the appeal was affirmed by 2B Umpire Phil Cuzzi.

In the top of the 9th inning, the play nearly repeated itself with Boston batter Hunter Renfroe's fly out to center field and baserunner R1 Rafael Devers failing to retouch second base on his way back to first to tag up, but unfortunately for Tampa Bay, center fielder Kevin Kiermaier threw wildly to first base, the overthrow allowing Devers to advance to second base and, in doing so, legally touch second, effectively erasing his prior touch error under baseball's last time by principle.

For more information about base touching and retouching rule OBR 5.09(c)(2), as well as the MLB Umpire Manual's official interpretation for passing a base, see our June 13 article on Rangers runner Adolis Garcia's improper base running in Los Angeles that resulted in an appealed out.

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

2021 No-Hitter 7, Brian O'Nora (1; CHC Combined)

HP Umpire Brian O'Nora called Chicago Cubs pitchers Zach Davies, Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin, and Craig Kimbrel's combined no-hitter against the Dodgers in Los Angeles Thursday night, joined by 1B Umpire DJ Reyburn, 2B Umpire Jeremy Riggs, and 3B Umpire Ryan Blakney. O'Nora served as crew chief.

In accordance with UEFL tradition, the following are umpire O'Nora's three plate scores, including a 98.2% (162/165) performance under ML Private/Zone Evaluation Equivalent conditions, 95.2% (157/165) UEFL f/x score, and 92.1% (152/165) value for ML Public / the broadcast-facing zero error system.

The UEFL f/x look:
Balls: 101 called balls outside strike zone / 2 called balls within strike zone = 101/103 = 98.1% accuracy.
Strikes: 56 called strikes within strike zone / 6 called strikes outside strike zone = 56/62 = 90.3% accuracy.
Total Raw Accuracy Score for O'Nora = 157/165 = 95.2% accuracy (+0 Neutral/no favorable skew).

Non-Foreign Substance - Pitcher Glove Color Legality

With all the recent emphasis on inspecting pitchers for foreign substances, HP Umpire Jeremy Riggs reminded us of existing Rule 3.07(a) in Arizona relative to legal and illegal pitcher glove colors when Brewers starter Freddy Peralta's gray glove was removed from play pursuant to baseball's colour rules, a different kind of inspection-related scrutiny.

According to Official Baseball Rule 3.07(a), "The pitcher’s glove may not, exclusive of piping, be white, gray, nor, in the judgment of an umpire, distracting in any manner. No fielder, regardless of position, may use a fielding glove that falls within a PANTONE® color set lighter than the current 14-series."

Thus, when Peralta ascended the mound with a gray glove, he ran afoul of OBR 3.07, the penalty for which is rather simple, as in 3.07(c): "The umpire-in-chief shall cause a glove that violates Rules 3.07(a) or (b) to be removed from the game, either on their own initiative, at the recommendation of another umpire or upon complaint of the opposing manager that the umpire-in-chief agrees has merit."

Unlike an illegal substance, the glove is simply removed from play, no ejection, no suspension, and the pitcher permitted to continue participating in the game, which is what happened here as Peralta substituted in a blue glove, which is a legal color.

This wouldn't be the first time MLB has seen glove or uniform color issues. For instance, during Players Weekend in 2019, the league-provided all-white uniforms for home teams saw pitchers wearing white hats, which is illegal pursuant to Rule 3.03(g). When then-Cubs manager Joe Maddon complained and had his team wear their traditional Chicago blue caps instead, the League chastised Maddon, instructing teams to "follow the rules," which was rather ironic given Maddon's complaint that by ordering pitchers to wear white hats, MLB had violated Rule 3.03.

MLB then ordered pitchers to wear black hats instead, but this in turn violated Rule 3.03(a) which states that "all players on a team shall wear uniforms identical in color, trim, and style"—all hats must be the same—while 3.03(c) declares, "No player whose uniform does not conform to that of their team-mates shall be permitted to participate in a game." Oops.
Related PostThe Players Weekend Uniform Hiccup (8/26/19).

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Elbow of Kiermaier and Obviously Malicious Interference

As Crew Chief Tom Hallion ruled runner Kevin Kiermaier out following a Replay Review in Tampa Bay after a collision with Red Sox fielder Enrique Hernandez, resulting in 2B Umpire Mark Ripperger's interference no-call, Boston manager Alex Cora emerged to seek an explanation for the decision, appearing satisfied with the outcome.

The question we were asked is why was Kiermaier not ruled out for interference after appearing to knock the baseball out of Hernandez's glove during a tag attempt.

To guide us through Rule 6.01(a) regarding interference, we turn directly to the MLB Umpire Manual, which states, "While contact may occur between a fielder and runner during a tag attempt, a runner is not allowed to use his hands or arms to commit an obviously malicious or unsportsmanlike act—such as grabbing, tackling, intentionally slapping at the baseball, punching, kicking, flagrantly using his arms or forearms, etc.—to commit an intentional act of interference unrelated to running the bases. Further, if in the judgment of the umpire such intentional act was to prevent a double play, the umpire would rule the batter-runner out as well."

The MLBUM interp starts with a very key phrase—"contact may occur between a fielder and runner during a tag attempt"—and continues with the bread and butter of this rule: "obviously malicious and unsportsmanlike act."

Gil's Call: Whether malicious, unsportsmanlike, intentional, or willful/deliberate, all of these acts describe a similar non-baseball play. In order to determine whether such malfeasance occurred, I generally look for three elements, borrowed from basketball. Your mileage may vary.

Windup: Did the potential offender indicate a pre-contact intent or premeditation to commit such an act?
Impact: Did contact actually occur or, in the absence of contact, was the defense actually impeded?
Follow-Through: Did the offensive player complete the illegal act, even after contact terminated?

For the Kiermaier play, much is made about the runner's right elbow or "chicken wing" in the aftermath of contact with Hernandez, but I see this as a reaction to his contact with Hernandez. Sure, there may have been a moment during the contact in which Kiermaier threw his arm upward, but I don't see the requisite pre-contact preparatory act that would otherwise suggest an intentional and obviously malicious act.

I compare and contrast this play with Yankees batter-runner Alex Rodriguez's interaction with Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo during a tag attempt in Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series, originally no-called by 1B Umpire Randy Marsh and eventually reversed to interference after crew consultation with, amongst others, the umpire most likely to have seen the offending act, HP Umpire Joe West.

In the A-Rod scenario, the offending player clearly and obviously winds up with his left arm, turns his head to look at the fielder, swings downward at Arroyo's glove, and intentionally slaps the ball out of the glove with his hand, following through with his arm swing.

Thus, Kiermaier's after-the-fact elbow, for me, isn't adequate to suggest what may have happened before. In my estimation, this ex post facto event is inadmissible relative to what occurred prior to the dropped ball when Kiermaier and Hernandez made legally permissable contact as Kiermaier ran from first to second base after Hernandez had already fielded the batted ball and had moved on to a tag attempt.

In my estimation (as well as, apparently, 2B Umpire Ripperger's estimation, as well), if the rule/interpretation seeks something to be obvious, a 50-50 call likely will err on the side of the alleged misconduct having not occurred, for lack of it being obvious.

What does "obviously malicious" mean to you? Video as follows: