Friday, April 29, 2022

MLB Ejection 018 - Manny Gonzalez (1; Mike Matheny)

3B Umpire Manny Gonzalez ejected Royals manager Mike Matheny (out call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the #Yankees-#Royals game. With one out and one on (R2), Royals baserunner R2 Bobby Witt Jr attempted to steal third base and became involved in a rundown when Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes stepped off the mound and threw to second baseman Gleyber Torres, who chased Witt to third base, ruled out by 3B Umpire Gonzalez after being tagged while not on a base. Replays indicate Witt slid toward third base and contact with fielder Torres occurred as Witt broken contact with or overslid past third base, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 2-1. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 12-2.

This is Manny Gonzalez (79)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Manny Gonzalez now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Jeff Nelson now has 1 point in Crew Division (0 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 1).
We discussed the OVERSLIDING principle in 2020's article Was Max Muncy's Fall From 2nd Base a Legal Out? (10/24/20) pertaining to a situation in which Dodgers runner Muncy was tagged out in the World Series by Rays shortstop Willy Adames. Definition is as follows.
"OVERSLIDE (or OVERSLIDING) is the act of an offensive player when their slide to a base, other than when advancing from home to first base, is with such momentum that they lose contact with the base."
MLB Umpire Manual: "If in the judgment of an umpire, a runner is pushed or forced off a base by a fielder, intentionally or unintentionally, at which the runner would have otherwise been called safe, the umpire has the authority and discretion under the circumstances to return the runner to the base he was forced off following the conclusion of the play."

This is the 18th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 7th manager ejection of 2022.
This is Kansas City's 1st ejection of 2022, T-1st in the AL Central (CWS, KC 1; CLE, DET, MIN 0).
This is Mike Matheny's 1st ejection since May 23, 2021 (Adrian Johnson; QOC = N [Check Swing]).


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