Saturday, June 12, 2021

MLB Ejection 073 - Marvin Hudson (1; David Bell)

HP Umpire Marvin Hudson ejected Reds manager David Bell (strike three [no foul ball] call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 4th inning of the #Rockies-#Reds game. With two out and none on, Reds batter Jesse Winker attempted to strike a 0-2 slider from Rockies pitcher German Marquez, ruled a swinging third strike by HP Umpire Hudson. Replays indicate Winker swung at and missed the pitch; the bat did not make contact with the ball, the strike three swinging / no foul ball call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Reds were leading, 4-3. The Reds ultimately won the contest, 10-3.

The Cincinnati broadcasters referenced a play from the top of the 4th inning in which Wade Miley's initial 0-1 pitch to Rockies batter Elias Diaz was waved off by Hudson. Cincinnati's complaint was that Diaz called time and Hudson granted the request after Miley had started his windup delivery. Official Baseball Rule 5.04(b)(2) states umpires shall not call "Time" after a pitcher has started windup or come to set position.

However, replays additionally indicate Miley began his pitching motion before batter Diaz—who began the sequence outside of the batter's box (for a legal reason after strike one)—was reasonably set in the batter's box, which itself is a violation of OBR 6.02(a)(5): "A quick pitch is an illegal pitch. Umpires will judge a quick pitch as one delivered before the batter is reasonably set in the batter's box. With runners on base, the penalty is a balk; with no runners on base, it is a ball. The quick pitch is dangerous and should not be permitted."

So while "Time" should not be called after a pitcher has started windup, a pitcher shall not start such delivery before the batter is reasonably set in the box. Chicken or egg?

This is Marvin Hudson (51)'s 1st ejection of 2021.
Marvin Hudson now has 5 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 5).
Crew Chief Marvin Hudson now has 3 points in Crew Division (2 Prev + 1 Correct Call = 3).

This is the 73rd ejection report of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the 38th manager ejection of 2021.
This is Cincinnati's 4th ejection of 2021, 2nd in the NL Central (MIL 6; CIN 4; CHC, PIT 3; STL 2).
This is David Bell's 2nd ejection of 2021, 1st since April 25 (Joe West; QOC = U [Warnings]).


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