Wednesday, May 19, 2021

MLB Ejection 048 - Chris Conroy (1; Dave Martinez)

HP Umpire Chris Conroy ejected Nationals manager Dave Martinez (runner's lane interference call; QOCY) in the top of the 7th inning of the #Nationals-#Cubs game. With none out and none on, Nationals batter Trea Turner swung at and missed a 1-2 fastball from Cubs pitcher Tommy Nance, the pitched ball evading catcher Willson Contreras for an uncaught third strike before Contreras threw to first base in an attempt to retire batter-runner Turner. Replays indicate Turner failed to legally enter the runner's lane by virtue of running inside (to the left of) the foul line, and in doing so interfered with Cubs 1B PJ Higgins taking the throw at first base in accordance with rule 5.09(a)(11), the call was correct.* Play was reviewed and AFFIRMED by the UEFL Appeals Board (5-3), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Nationals were leading, 4-2. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 4-3.

This is Chris Conroy (96)'s 1st ejection of 2021.
Chris Conroy now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 6).
Crew Chief Chris Conroy now has 3 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 3).
*Official Baseball Rule 5.09(a)(11) states, in part, that a batter is out when—"In running the last half of the distance from home base to first base, while the ball is being fielded to first base, he runs outside (to the right of) the three-foot line, or inside (to the left of) the foul line, and in the umpire’s judgment in so doing interferes with the fielder taking the throw at first base, in which case the ball is dead...The batter-runner is permitted to exit the three-foot lane by means of a step, stride, reach or slide in the immediate vicinity of first base for the sole purpose of touching first base."
Related AnalysisWorld Series Interference - Blame the Rule, not the Umpire (10/30/19).

This is the 48th ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 25th manager ejection of 2021.
This is Washington's 1st ejection of 2021, 4th in the NL East (PHI 3; MIA, NYM 2; WAS 1; ATL 0).
This is Dave Martinez's 1st ejection since October 29, 2019 (Sam Holbrook; QOC = Y [Run Ln INT]).
This is Chris Conroy's 1st ejection since July 16, 2019 (Gabe Kapler; QOC = U [Warnings]).

Wrap: Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs, 5/19/21 | Video as follows:


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