Thursday, April 28, 2022

MLB Ejection 016 - Shane Livensparger (1; Scott Servais)

HP Umpire Shane Livensparger ejected Mariners manager Scott Servais (strike three call; QOCN) in the top of the 6th inning of the #Mariners-#Rays game. With two out and none on, Mariners batter Julio Rodriguez took a 3-2 fastball from Rays pitcher Jalen Beeks, ruled a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and above the midpoint (px -0.08, pz 3.57 [sz_top 3.34 / RAD 3.46 / MOE 3.55]), the call was incorrect.*^ At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 1-1. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is Shane Livensparger (43)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Shane Livensparger now has -2 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev - 4 Incorrect Call = -2).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has 0 points in Crew Division (0 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 0).
*This pitch was located 0.24 vertical inches from being deemed correct.

Regarding the preceding check swing vs location strike call situation on 2-1, the MLB Umpire Manual explains why confusion may have occurred (and how it may be prevented). HP Umpire Livensparger called a location strike using his right hand, as is his standard called strike mechanic. 1B Umpire Hallion, however, perhaps additionally seeing the batter and catcher looking expectantly at first base, signaled "safe" as if to rule no swing on appeal. The problem, of course, is that there was no appeal.

The MLB Umpire Manual states, regarding check swing appeals, "The preferred mechanic for asking help on a check-swing is for the plate umpire to point assertively with the left arm directly at the appropriate base umpire while asking if the batter swung. This mechanic helps avoid confusion between an appeal and a strike mechanic."

This is the 16th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 6th manager ejection of 2022.
This is Seattle's 1st ejection of 2022, T-1st in the AL West (LAA, OAK, SEA 1; HOU, TEX 0).
This is Scott Servais' 1st ejection since August 8, 2021 (Lance Barrett; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Shane Livensparger's 1st ejection since August 25, 2020 (David Bell; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 4/28/22 | Video as follows:


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