Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Ask UEFL - Pirates Score as Nats Fail to Appeal Fourth Out

We received many Ask the UEFL questions on a botched appeal play during Wednesday's Pirates-Nationals game in Washington as Pittsburgh scored the go-ahead run thanks to the Nats' failure to appeal a fourth out on Jack Suwinski's baserunning in the 5th inning.

Play: With one out and two on (R2, R3), Pirates batter Ke'Bryan Hayes hit a line drive that was caught on the fly by Nationals first baseman Josh Bell (as signaled by 1B Umpire Mark Wegner), who threw to third baseman Ehire Adrianza as Pirates baserunner R2 Hoy Park arrived at third base (from second). Replays indicate that both R2 Park and lead runner R3 Jack Suwinski failed to tag up after batter Hayes' line drive was caught, and Nats F5 Adrianza tagged R2 Park to appeal that he left early, signaled an out by 3B Umpire Jeremie Rehak. Washington then left the field as Pirates manager Derek Shelton exited his dugout to argue with 1B Umpire Wegner about the catch/trap call.

Call: Upon consultation, the umpires ruled batter Hayes out on the caught batted ball and runner R2 Park out on appeal for failing to tag up. R3 Suwinski's run was allowed to score, however, as the Nationals failed to appeal that R3 left early. The Nationals, having already left the playing field, then attempted to return to the field and appeal R3's infraction, but the umpires denied this attempt, ruling the team had forfeited its opportunity to appeal since the infielders had already left the field for the dugout.

Reducing the Play into Its Parts: There are four distinct parts to this play:
1) Batter Hayes' line drive—was it a catch or a trap?
2) Appeal on R2—is R2 Park safe or out?
3) Time Play with R3—does R3 Suwinksi's run score?
4) Fourth Out—does R3 Suwinski's run score?

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

MLB Ejection 086 - Stu Scheurwater (1; Aaron Boone)

HP Umpire Stu Scheurwater ejected Yankees manager Aaron Boone (strike one call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the #Athletics-#Yankees game. With one out and one on, Yankees batter Aaron Judge took a 1-0 sinker from Athletics pitcher Sam Selman for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px 0.33, pz 1.60 [sz_bot 1.84 / RAD 1.72 / MOE 1.63]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 2-0. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

This is Stu Scheurwater (85)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Stu Scheurwater now has -2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -2).
Crew Chief CB Bucknor now has 2 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 2).
*This pitch was located 0.41 vertical inches from being deemed correct.

This is the 86th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 42nd manager ejection of 2022.
This is New York's 5th ejection of 2022, 2nd in the AL East (TOR 8; NYY 5; BOS, TB 3; BAL 2).
This is Aaron Boone's 3rd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 4 (Marty Foster; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Stu Scheurwater's 1st ejection since August 3, 2021 (Luis Rojas; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Oakland Athletics vs New York Yankees, 6/28/22 | Video as follows:

Teachable - It's All Vanover for Anaheim on Back-Tag

The Oakland Athletics executed a rare bases-loaded double play against the Angels, with right fielder Chad Pinder throwing to Elvis Andrus to double up Tyler Wade on Shohei Ohtani's fly out, 2B Umpire Larry Vanover's call standing after Replay Review.

This Teachable concerns the umpiring crew—and mainly Vanover—'s general positioning as the play develops, with U2 Vanover adjusting his position throughout the play to find an angle to give himself a look at the action area on the backside of second base where Andrus attempted to tag Wade, who attempted to avoid Andrus' glove while sliding in to touch second base.

Meanwhile, we also observe 3B Umpire David Rackley lining himself up for a potential play at third base and discuss the merits of a first base umpire going out vs staying in for this play.

Video as follows:

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Injury Scout - Mike Muchlinski Exits The Bronx

HP Umpire Mike Muchlinski left Sunday's #Astros-#Yankees game in New York after a foul ball to the head.

In the top of the 1st inning, with none out and none on, on the second pitch of the game, Astros batter Michael Brantley fouled a first-pitch 91.9-mph fastball from Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes into Muchlinski's traditional style facemask. Muchlinski remained in the game until the 3rd inning, at which time he was exited.

2B Umpire and Crew Chief Todd Tichenor replaced Muchlinski behind home plate while 1B Umpire John Libka and 3B Umpire Alex Tosi remained in the field.

Relevant Injury History: Mike Muchlinski has previously left a game due to head injury.
> On June 19, 2014, Muchlinski left the White Sox-Twins game after a foul ball to the mask.

Last Game: June 26 | Return to Play: TBD | Time Absent: TBD | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 085 - Nestor Ceja (2; David Bell)

HP Umpire Nestor Ceja ejected Reds manager David Bell (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 9th inning of the #Reds-#Giants game. With two out and one on (R2), Reds batter Matt Reynolds took a 0-2 fastball from Giants pitcher John Brebbia for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer edge of home plate and thigh-high (px 0.89, pz 2.13) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Reds were leading, 10-3. The Reds ultimately won the contest, 10-3.

This is Nestor Ceja (103)'s 2nd ejection of 2022.
Nestor Ceja now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev + 2 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 6).
Crew Chief Bill Welke now has 2 points in Crew Division (1 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 2).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
This pitch was located 0.29 horizontal inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 85th ejection of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 41st manager ejection of 2022.
This is Cincinnati's 1st ejection of 2022, T-4th in the NL Central (CHC 4; STL 3; PIT 2; CIN, MIL 1).
This is David Bell's 1st ejection since August 29, 2021 (Edwin Moscoso; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Nestor Ceja's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since June 22 (Phil Nevin; QOC = N-c [Balk]).

Wrap: Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants, 6/26/22 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejections 077-84 - Bacon, Johnson (SEA-LAA Brawl)

HP Umpire John Bacon ejected Angels pitcher Andrew Wantz and manager Phil Nevin (throwing at Mariners batter Jesse Winker), 3B Umpire Adrian Johnson ejected Mariners LF Winker, manager Scott Servais (fighting), and HP Umpire Bacon ejected Mariners SS JP Crawford, CF Julio Rodriguez, and Angels pitcher Ryan Tepera and pitcher Raisel Iglesias (fighting) in the top of the 2nd inning of the #Mariners-#Angels game. With one out and none on in the top of the 1st inning, Mariners batter Julio Rodriguez took a first-pitch fastball from Wantz for a called first ball, resulting in warnings. In the top of the 2nd, with none out and none on, leadoff batter Winker took a first-pitch fastball from Wantz for a hit-by-pitch, resulting in the ejections of Wantz and Nevin for throwing at Winker after warnings were issued, and inciting a benches-clearing brawl. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and struck Winker on the hip, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the game was tied, 0-0. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

These are John Bacon (70)'s 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th ejections of 2022.
These are Adrian Johnson (80)'s 2nd and 3rd ejections of 2022.
John Bacon now has 12 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 6*[2 AAA + 0 Irrecusable] = 12).
Adrian Johnson now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable] = 8).
Crew Chief Adrian Johnson now has 11 points in Crew Division (3 Prev + 8 Irrecusable Call = 11).

These are the 77th, 78th, 79th, 80th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, and 84th ejections of the 2022 MLB regular season.
These are the 39th and 40th manager ejections of 2022.
These are the 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th player ejections of 2022.
This is Los Angeles' 4-7th ejection of 2022, T-1st in the AL West (LAA, SEA 7; HOU 5; OAK 3; TEX 0).
This is Seattle's 4-7th ejection of 2022, T-1st in the AL West (LAA, SEA 7; HOU 5; OAK 3; TEX 0).
This is Andrew Wantz's first career MLB ejection.
This is Phil Nevin's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since June 21 (Nestor Ceja; QOC = N-c [Balk]).
This is Jesse Winker's 1st ejection since August 29, 2020 (Dan Bellino; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is Scott Servais' 3rd ejection of 2022, 1st since June 6 (Chris Guccione; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is JP Crawford's first career MLB ejection.
This is Julio Rodriguez's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 31 (Lance Barrett; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Ryan Tepera's 1st ejection since August 7, 2018 (Ed Hickox; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Raisel Iglesias' first career MLB ejection.
These are John Bacon's 1st ejections since August 27, 2020 (Craig Counsell; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
These are Adrian Johnson's 2-3rd ejections of 2022, 1st since May 3 (Torey Lovullo; QOC = Y-c [Fair/Foul]).

Saturday, June 25, 2022

2022 No-Hitter 3, Alex Tosi (1; HOU Combined)

HP Umpire Alex Tosi called the Houston Astros' combined no-hitter vs the Yankees in New York, joined by 1B Umpire Mike Muchlinski, 2B Umpire John Libka, and 3B Umpire and Crew Chief Todd Tichenor.

Tosi officiated Cristian Javier, Hector Neris, and Ryan Pressly's combined no-hitter with a net accuracy of 96.9%.

This is Alex Tosi's first career MLB no-hitter.

The UEFL f/x look:
Balls: 114 called balls outside strike zone / 3 called balls within strike zone = 114/117 = 97.4% accuracy.
Strikes: 42 called strikes within strike zone / 2 called strike outside strike zone = 42/44 = 95.5% accuracy.
Total Raw Accuracy Score: 156/161 = 96.9% accuracy (+3 NYY [Favored New York by 3 pitches]).

Thursday, June 23, 2022

MLB Ejection 076 - Nic Lentz (2; Seth Brown)

HP Umpire Nic Lentz ejected Athletics 1B Seth Brown (strike three call; QOCN) after the bottom of the 9th inning of the #Mariners-#Athletics game. With two out and none on, Brown took a 2-2 slider from Mariners pitcher Paul Sewald for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer edge of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px -0.83, pz 1.46 [sz_bot 1.72 / RAD 1.60 / MOE 1.51]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Mariners had won the contest, 2-1.

This is Nic Lentz (59)'s 2nd ejection of 2022.
Nic Lentz now has 2 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = 2).
Crew Chief Laz Diaz now has 2 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 2).
*This pitch was located 0.60 vertical inches from being deemed correct.
^This would be considered a post-participation ejection under NCAA rules, meaning the ejection would be served in the team's next contest. For OBR, however, this is a standard on-field ejection.

This is the 76th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 23rd player ejection of 2022. Prior to ejection, Brown was 1-4 (2 SO) in the contest.
This is Oakland's 4th ejection of 2022, 2nd in the AL West (HOU 5; OAK 4; LAA, SEA 3; TEX 0).
This is Seth Brown's first career MLB ejection.
This is Nic Lentz's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since April 30 (Charlie Montoyo; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics, 6/23/22 | Video as follows:

Teachable - Angel's Angle on Back-Pick Tag at First Base

When Replay Review affirmed 1B Umpire Angel Hernandez's out call on Royals catcher Salvador Perez's pickoff attempt throwing behind Cardinals baserunner R1 José Rondón, it brought to the forefront the importance of angles in the furtherance of making accurate calls on the bases.

In this Tmac's Teachable Moment, we follow Hernandez throughout the pitch-to-pickoff sequence, noting the umpire's hustle to ensure he is in the proper position to attain the keyhole angle most optimal for making this call.

The pre-pitch planning with a runner on first base begins with positioning to rule on a potential pickoff play originating with the pitcher. Coincidentally, this position also lends itself to calling balks or other pitch-based infractions.

As the pitch is thrown—noting that the first base umpire has no check swing responsibilities for a left-handed batter—we see Hernandez hustle to his right, toward the foul line, primarily for a potential fair/foul decision on a batted ball. As positioning to rule on a potential pickoff takes the umpire into a beneficial angle for a potential balk, so too does angling oneself to officiate fair/foul for a potential back-pick from the catcher.

When that throw does occur, Hernandez is already in position at first base to make a call on a fast play.

Video as follows:

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

MLB Ejection 075 - Lance Barrett (3; Guillermo Martinez)

1B Umpire Lance Barrett ejected Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martinez (balls/strikes calls by Doug Eddings the previous game) during the plate meeting prior to the top of the 1st inning of the #BlueJays-#WhiteSox game. During the plate meeting, Blue Jays coach Martinez delivered Toronto's lineup cards, which according to broadcaster Dan Shulman is a fairly rare occurrence; Toronto usually sends a different coach. Shortly after exchanging lineup cards and shaking the umpires' and opposing coach's hands, Martinez was ejected for arguing Eddings' calls from the game one night before, during which Eddings ejected Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker for arguing ball calls, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the game hadn't yet started. The Blue Jays ultimately won the contest, 9-5.

This is Lance Barrett (94)'s 3rd ejection of 2022.
Lance Barrett now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (6 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 8).
Crew Chief Doug Eddings now has 3 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 3).
Related EjectionMLB Ejection 073 - Doug Eddings (2; Pete Walker) (6/21/22).

This is the 75th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is Toronto's 8th ejection of 2022, 1st in the AL East (TOR 8; NYY 4; BOS, TB 3; BAL 2).
This is Guillermo Martinez's first career MLB ejection.
This is Lance Barrett's 3rd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 31 (Julio Rodriguez; QOC = U [USC-NEC]).

MLB Ejection 074 - Nestor Ceja (1; Phil Nevin)

HP Umpire Nestor Ceja ejected Angels manager Phil Nevin (balk call by 3B Umpire Bill Welke; QOCN) in the top of the 7th inning of the #Royals-#Angels game. With one out and one on (R1) in the top of the 6th, 3B Umpire Welke called Angels pitcher Andrew Wantz for a no-stop balk during a 1-2 pitch to Royals batter Carlos Santana, advancing Royals baserunner R1 MJ Melendez to second base. Replays indicate the pitcher appeared to stop movement throughout his body prior to delivering to the batter, the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection (in the 7th), the Royals were leading, 7-5. The Royals ultimately won the contest, 12-11, in 11 innings.

This is Nestor Ceja (103)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Nestor Ceja now has 2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2 AAA - 2 Incorrect Call-Crewmate = 2).
Crew Chief Bill Welke now has 1 point in Crew Division (1 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 1).
*Official Baseball Rule 6.02(a)(13): "It is a balk when—The pitcher delivers the pitch from Set Position without coming to a stop."

This is the 74th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 38th manager ejection of 2022.
This is Los Angeles' 3rd ejection of 2022, T-2nd in the AL West (HOU 5; LAA, OAK, SEA 3; TEX 0).
This is Phil Nevin's 1st ejection since June 6, 2021 (Gabe Morales; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

MLB Ejection 073 - Doug Eddings (2; Pete Walker)

HP Umpire Doug Eddings ejected Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker (ball one and two calls; QOCY) in the bottom of the 10th inning of the #BlueJays-#WhiteSox game. With none out and two on (R1, R2), White Sox batter Jake Burger took 0-2 and 1-0 sinkers from Blue Jays pitcher Tim Mayza for called first and second balls. Replays indicate the 0-2 pitch was located off the inner edge of the plate and at the hollow of the knee (px -0.97, pz 1.57 [sz_bot 1.54 / RAD 1.42]), the 1-2 pitch was located off the inner edge of home plate and thigh-high (px -1.23, pz 1.92), and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Blue Jays were leading, 5-4. The White Sox ultimately won the contest, 7-6, in 12 innings.

This is Doug Eddings (88)'s 2nd ejection of 2022.
Doug Eddings now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 8).
Crew Chief Doug Eddings now has 2 points in Crew Division (1 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 2).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
The 0-2 pitch was located 2.67 horizontal inches from being deemed an incorrect call.
The 1-2 pitch was located 6.00 vertical and 5.78 horizontal inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 73rd ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is Toronto's 7th ejection of 2022, 1st in the AL East (TOR 7; NYY 4; BOS, TB 3; BAL 2).
This is Pete Walker's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 10 (Alfonso Marquez; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Doug Eddings' 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 10 (Luis Torrens; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Toronto Blue Jays vs Chicago White Sox, 6/21/22 | Video as follows:

Teachable - He Swiped Knight and Swipe Tags at 1B

When Replay Review affirmed 1B Umpire Brian Knight's out call on Red Sox first baseman Bobby Dalbec's swipe tag of Rangers batter-runner Nick Solak, tmac knew a positioning Teachable Moment was in the works.

For a first base umpire officiating a play wherein the first baseman fields a wide throw by coming off the bag—on the x-axis, so to speak, as opposed to strictly on the vertical y-—a first base umpire's positioning should usually change as well. Generally, a base umpire can take a read step (or few) in order to position-adjust and get into a location that provides the optimal keyhole angle with which to see the fielder's gloved tag of the runner.

The reason we talk about x- vs y-axis here is that if a fielder simply jumps straight up in the air to catch a high throw, there's a pretty good chance that fielder will land straight back down on first base and we'll have a tag of the base to officiate, as opposed to a definitive tag of the batter-runner.

Thus, when 1B Umpire Knight reads that Boston fielder Dalbec has jumped away from first base to catch the ball, Knight adjusts his position, knowing that the likelihood of Dalbec attempting to tag Texas batter-runner Solak is high, and the likelihood of Dalbec attempting to touch first base is low, all based on the way the play developed.

Video as follows:

Monday, June 20, 2022

Teachable - Guccione Steals a Second During Strike Call

When Rays baserunner R1 Randy Arozarena tried stealing second base against Seattle, HP Umpire Chris Guccione made sure to emphasize his strike call on the initial pitch, holding the mechanic while still keeping his head oriented toward the home plate area to watch for potential batter interference or other activity.

In doing so, Guccione stays engaged with the play and, in a notably exaggerated way, keeps his head height constant to see that indeed Mariners catcher Luis Torres was not impeded or interfered with by Rays batter Ji-Man Choi, not that it much mattered as runner R1 Randy Arozarena was thrown out trying to steal, a call affirmed via Replay Review.

Video as follows:

Sunday, June 19, 2022

MLB Ejection 072 - Cory Blaser (2; Alex Cintron)

HP Umpire Cory Blaser ejected Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the #WhiteSox-#Astros game. With two out and two on (R2, R3), Astros batter JJ Matijevic took a 1-2 fastball from White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and above the midpoint (px 0.18, pz 3.60 [sz_top 3.37 / RAD 3.49 / MOE 3.58]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Astros were leading, 1-0. The Astors ultimately won the contest, 4-3.

This is Cory Blaser (89)'s 2nd ejection of 2022.
Cory Blaser now has 0 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = 0).
Crew Chief Phil Cuzzi now has 1 point in Crew Division (1 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 1).
*This pitch was located 0.29 vertical inches from being deemed correct.

This is the 72nd ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is Houston's 5th ejection of 2022, 1st in the AL West (HOU 5; OAK, SEA 3; LAA 2; TEX 0).
This is Alex Cintron's 1st ejection since April 3, 2019 (Ron Kulpa; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Cory Blaser's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 1 (Rick Kranitz; QOC = N-c [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros, 6/20/22 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 071 - Jansen Visconti (1; AJ Hinch)

HP Umpire Jansen Visconti ejected Tigers manager AJ Hinch (strike two and check swing strike three calls) in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the #Rangers-#Tigers game. With one out and none on, Tigers batter Robbie Grossman took a 2-1 sinker from Rangers pitcher Dane Dunning for a called second strike and attempted to check his swing on a 2-2 slider, ruled a ball by HP Umpire Jansen Visconti and called a swinging third strike on appeal by 3B Umpire Jerry Meals. Replays indicate the 2-1 pitch was located over the heart of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px 0.17, pz 1.22 [sz_bot 1.41 / RAD 1.29 / MOE 1.20]) while the 2-2 pitch is under review by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was *PENDING*. At the time of the ejection, the Tigers were leading, 3-1. The Tigers ultimately won the contest, 7-3.

This is Jansen Visconti (52)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Jansen Visconti now has ? points in the UEFL Standings.
Crew Chief Jerry Meals now has ? points in Crew Division.
*This pitch was located 0.24 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 71st ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 37th manager ejection of 2022.
This is Detroit's 3rd ejection of 2022, 1st in the AL Central (DET 3; KC, MIN 2; CLE, CWS 1).
This is AJ Hinch's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 9 (Nick Mahrley; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Jansen Visconti's 1st ejection since July 11, 2021 (Brad Miller; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers, 6/19/22 | Video as follows:

Saturday, June 18, 2022

MLB Ejection 070 - Jim Reynolds (1; Andrew Bailey)

1B Umpire Jim Reynolds ejected Giants pitching coach Andrew Bailey (check swing call) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the #Giants-#Pirates game. With two out and one on (R1), Pirates batter Diego Castillo attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 slider from Giants pitcher Alex Wood for a called second ball by HP Umpire John Libka, affirmed as no swing on appeal by 1B Umpire Reynolds. This play is under review by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was *PENDING*. At the time of the ejection, the Pirates were leading, 4-3. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 7-5.

This is Jim Reynolds (77)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Jim Reynolds now has ? points in the UEFL Standings.
Crew Chief Jim Reynolds now has ? points in Crew Division.

This is the 70th MLB ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is San Francisco's 2nd ejection of 2022, 3rd in the NL West (ARI, SD 3; SF 2; LAD 1; COL 0).
This is Andrew Bailey's first career MLB ejection.
This is Jim Reynolds' 1st ejection since May 18, 2021 (Rocco Baldelli; QOC = U [Throwing At]).

Wrap: San Francisco Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 6/18/22 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 069 - Adam Beck (3; Jazz Chisholm)

HP Umpire Adam Beck ejected Marlins 2B Jazz Chisholm (strike three call; QOCN) in the top of the 9th inning of the #Marlins-#Mets game. With none out and one on (R1), Marlins batter Chisholm took a 1-2 fastball from Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the inner edge of home plate and thigh-high (px 0.97, pz 2.44), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Mets were leading, 3-1. The Mets ultimately won the contest, 3-2.


This is Adam Beck (102)'s 3rd ejection of 2022.
Adam Beck now has -4 points in the UEFL Standings (-2 Prev + 2 AAA - 4 Incorrect Call = -4).
Crew Chief Alan Porter now has -1 points in Crew Division (0 Previous + -1 Incorrect Call = -1).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
This pitch was located 0.67 horizontal inches from being deemed correct.

This is the 69th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 22nd player ejection of 2022. Prior to ejection, Chisholm was 0-3 (2 SO) in the contest.
This is Miami's 4th ejection of 2022, T-1st in the NL East (MIA, WAS 4; PHI 2; ATL, NYM 1).
This is Jazz Chisholm's first career MLB ejection.
This is Adam Beck's 3rd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 11 (Alex Cora; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets, 6/18/22 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 068 - Ryan Wills (1; Charlie Montoyo)

1B Umpire Ryan Wills ejected Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo (check swing HBP call) in the top of the 4th inning of the #Yankees-#BlueJays game. With two out and one on (R2), Yankees batter Jose Trevino attempted to check his swing on a 0-1 sinker from Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah ruled a hit-by-pitch by HP Umpire Ryan Additon and affirmed as no swing on appeal by 1B Umpire Wills. This play is under review by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was *PENDING*. At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 3-0. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 4-0.

This is Ryan Wills (118)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Ryan Wills now has ? points in the UEFL Standings.
Crew Chief Mark Carlson now has ? points in Crew Division.

This is the 68th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 36th manager ejection of 2022.
This is Toronto's 6th ejection of 2022, 1st in the AL East (TOR 6; NYY 4; BOS, TB 3; BAL 2).
This is Charlie Montoyo's 4th ejection of 2022, 1st since May 10 (Lance Barrett; QOC = U [NEC]).
This is Ryan Wills' 1st ejection since Sept 4, 2021 (Dave Martinez; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 6/18/22 | Video as follows:

Friday, June 17, 2022

MLB Ejection 067 - Dan Iassogna (1; Dave Martinez)

2B Umpire Dan Iassogna ejected Nationals manager Dave Martinez (obstruction call by 3B Umpire John Bacon; QOCN) in the top of the 10th inning of the #Phillies-#Nationals game. With one out and two on (R2, R3), Phillies batter JT Realmuto hit a 1-1 sinker from Nationals pitcher Steve Cishek for a ground ball up the middle scoring both Nationals baserunners after a collision beyond second base between Phillies baserunner R2 Rhys Hoskins and Nationals shortstop Luis Garcia, ruled obstruction (type 2) by 3B Umpire Bacon, who awarded R2 Hoskins home plate, scoring a run. Replays indicate the collision occurred as shortstop Garcia dove for, and was in the act of fielding, the batted ball; therefore, the right-of-way rules give fielder Garcia priority consideration pursuant to Official Baseball Rule 6.01(a)(10). This is interference by the runner, the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Phillies were leading, 8-6. The Phillies ultimately won the contest, 8-7, in 10 innings.

This is Dan Iassogna (58)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Dan Iassogna now has 0 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2 MLB - 2 Incorrect-Crewmate = 0).
Crew Chief Dan Iassogna now has 2 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 0 Incorrect = 2).
OBR 6.01(a)(10): "It is interference by a batter or runner when—He fails to avoid a fielder who is attempting to field a batted ball, or intentionally interferes with a thrown ball."

This is the 67th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 35th manager ejection of 2022.
This is Washington's 4th ejection of 2022, 1st in the NL East (WAS 4; MIA 3; PHI 2; ATL, NYM 1).
This is Dave Martinez's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since June 4 (Gabe Morales; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Dan Iassogna's 1st ejection since July 2, 2021 (Don Mattingly; QOC = U [Throwing At]).

Wrap: Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals, 6/17/22 | Video as follows:

Ask UEFL - The 16-Minute Pitching Change or C'Mon Cuz

We received many requests to cover an odd situation in New York when Yankees manager Aaron Boone's attempt to effect a pitching change prompted a 16-minute delay as umpires consulted Replay HQ to determine its legality.

Tampa Bay batter Randy Arozarena was hit by a pitch, leading to a brief injury delay.

As this was happening, Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake visited pitcher Miguel Castro on the mound.

HP Umpire Cory Blaser strode to the mound as the meeting broke up, and while returning to home plate noticed Tampa Bay had sent up Ji-Man Choi to pinch hit for due-up batter Isaac Paredes, signaling to the press box Choi's entry into the game.

Following this, but before a pitch was thrown, Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka walked back to the mound. After this meeting broke up, skipper Boone emerged from the dugout and attempted to make a pitching change, with umpires originally denying Boone's request due to a prohibited second mound visit during the same at-bat.

After a lengthy delay during which Crew Chief Phil Cuzzi consulted via headset with Replay Review, Boone was finally permitted to substitute pitcher Lucas Luetge into the game to replace Castro. The time between Arozarena's HBP and the first pitch to Choi was 16 minutes.

Analysis & Rules
: According to postgame comments from Cuzzi, the confusion pertained to when, in relation to Choi being announced as the pinch-hitter, Blake visited the mound. By rule, two mound visits during the same at-bat are prohibited but if the offense substitutes its batter between mound visits, then the second mound visit is legal (and requires removal of the pitcher due to it being the second mound visit of the inning).

The relevant rule is OBR 5.10(l)(4): "If a pinch-hitter is substituted for this batter, the manager or coach may make a second visit to the mound, but must remove the pitcher from the game."

Replays clearly indicate HP Umpire Blaser signaled Choi's entry as the pinch-hitter after Blake's mound visit with Castro, which means that Blake's mound visit occurred while original batter Paredes was still in the game, while Boone's pitching change visit occurred during pinch hitter Choi's at-bat, the first such visit during Choi's at-bat. This is legal.
Sidebar: THIS right here is the reason plate umpires signal to the press box and scorekeeper when to make the public address announcement on substitute players. Timing is important and Blaser's signal clearly came well after Blake visited the mound.

OBR 5.10(j) states the substitute is considered officially in the game when the announcement is made. If no announcement is made, the player is officially in the game when..."[A batter] takes their place in the batter's box."

For the record, catcher Higashioka's trip to the mound after Choi's entry as the pinch hitter, by rule, is not considered a mound visit by a position player (as opposed to a coach's visit) due to the offensive substitution. The reference is Official Baseball Rule 5.10(m)(2)(D): "The following shall not constitute visits—Visits by position players to the mound after the announcement of an offensive substitution but prior to a subsequent pitch or play." This observation has no bearing on this particular play, since it pertains to coach's visits, but it is still notable relative to the limitation on team visits during a game.

Moral of the Story: Read your rulebooks | Video as follows:

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Injury Scout - Nate Tomlinson Takes Broken Bat to Face

HP Umpire Nate Tomlinson left Tuesday's #Angels-#Dodgers game in Los Angeles after a broken bat lacerated his face.

In the top of the 9th inning, with one out and none on, Angels batter Mike Trout hit a 3-2 fastball from Dodgers pitcher Craig Kimbrel into center field for a single, breaking his bat in the process. After the bat broke, the barrel end bounced into the back of Dodgers catcher Will Smith's head while the small, splintered handle end of the shattered bat pierced through the bars of Tomlinson's traditional-style facemask and cut Tomlinson's upper face, near his right eye, resulting in him leaving the ballgame.

The game resumed with three umpires as 2B Umpire and Crew Chief Laz Diaz took over behind home plate with 1B Umpire Dan Bellino and 3B Umpire Tripp Gibson remaining on the lines.

Relevant Injury History: There is no prior recorded face laceration history.

Last Game: June 14 | Return to Play: June 27 | Time Absent: 13 Days | Video as follows:

Saturday, June 11, 2022

MLB Ejection 066 - Paul Emmel (2; Ramon Laureano)

1B Umpire Paul Emmel ejected Athletics RF Ramon Laureano (balk/quick pitch no-call; QOCY) in the top of the 7th inning of the #Athletics-#Guardians game. With two out and one on (R1), Athletics batter Elvis Andrus struck out on three pitches from Guardians pitcher Enyel De Los Santos; following the third out of the inning, Laureano yelled from the dugout and was ejected. Replays indicate De Los Santos did not balk or quick pitch Andrus, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the A's were leading, 7-5. The A's ultimately won the contest, 10-5.

This is Paul Emmel (50)'s 2nd ejection of 2022.
Paul Emmel now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 8).
Crew Chief Paul Emmel now has 4 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 4).

This is the 66th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 21st player ejection of 2022. Prior to ejection, Laureano was 0-4 (SO) in the contest.
This is Oakland's 3rd ejection of 2022, T-2nd in the AL West (HOU 4; OAK, SEA 3; LAA 2; TEX 0).
This is Ramon Laureano's 1st ejection since May 12, 2021 (Ryan Wills; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Paul Emmel's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since June 9 (Terry Francona; QOC = Y-c [Obstruction]).

Wrap: Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Guardians, 6/11/22 | Video as follows:

Ask UEFL - NCAA Ejection in Tennessee's Super Regional

After umpires ejected Volunteers center fielder Drew Gilbert and assistant (pitching) coach Frank Anderson during Game 1 of the Notre Dame-Tennessee NCAA Super Regional on Friday, we received several requests to analyze the disciplinary sequence, which at the end of the day is fairly straightforward.

Rarely at the Major League Baseball level are we privy to post-game umpire statements, but for this game, Crew Chief Van Rapphorst released the following to Knoxville News Sentinal's Mike Wilson:

"Tennessee #1 Drew Gilbert argued several pitches during the top of the second inning, steaming in from centerfield. To begin the next inning I talked to the player between innings, warning him to direct his comments only to his team, not our crew or the other team. He said O.K. and that he just gets excited.

"During the fifth inning following strike one, Tennessee batter Gilbert yelled an expletive, followed by another expletive as he walked out of the box and was subsequently ejected."

The aforementioned statement established a key fact: that ejectee Gilbert had previously been warned about unsporting comments in the first third of the game, meaning that his 5th inning ejection was not the first offense. Technically, by leaving the batter's box to confront HP Umpire Kellen Levy, the crew could have called Gilbert for violating NCAA's Batter's-Box Rule 7-1-d, the penalty for which is an automatic strike.

As for pitching coach Anderson, the NCAA rules book recognizes two classes of coaches: head coaches (of which there is only one per team) and assistants. Thus, assistant coach Anderson by rule was not authorized to come onto the playing surface to dispute...well...anything, and was ejected by 2B Umpire and Crew Chief Van Rapphorst.

Second, it confirms that Gilbert used profanity directed at HP Umpire Levy, which NCAA treats much more strictly than professional baseball, as it does with suspensions as well, imposing a mandatory one-game suspension for Gilbert and a mandatory three-game suspension for Anderson, since Anderson previously served a one-game suspension during the 2022 season for another ejection (the NCAA rules book calls for progressive discipline for subsequent ejections).

Video as follows:

Friday, June 10, 2022

MLB Ejection 065 - Ramon De Jesus (1; Craig Counsell)

HP Umpire Ramon De Jesus ejected Brewers manager Craig Counsell (backswing [no interference] call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the #Brewers-#Nationals game. With two out and one on (R1), Nationals batter Victor Robles swung and missed at a 1-0 changeup from Brewers pitcher Aaron Ashby for a strike, appearing to direct his bat at the blocked ball as Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez moved to retrieve it. One pitch later, Robles swung and missed at a 1-1 slider from Ashby as baserunner R1 Luis Garcia attempted to steal second base, ruled backswing contact (no interference) by HP Umpire De Jesus, resulting in Garcia being returned to first base and the count resuming with a 1-2 count. Replays indicate Robles did not interfere with Narvaez on the 1-0 pitch because there was nothing to interfere with (e.g., the runner was not attempting to advance) and that Robles' bat made contact with Narvaez on the backswing for which the penalty is a dead ball and runners return (no outs are declared for it is not interference), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Nationals were leading, 6-3. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 11-5.

This is Ramon De Jesus (18)'s 2nd ejection of 2022.
Ramon De Jesus now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Alfonso Marquez now has 5 points in Crew Division (4 Prev + 1 Correct Call = 5).
OBR 6.03(a)(3): "A batter is out for illegal action when—They interfere with the catcher’s fielding or throwing by stepping out of the batter’s box or making any other movement that hinders the catcher’s play at home base."
OBR 6.03(a)(3) Comment: "If a batter strikes at a ball and misses and swings so hard he carries the bat all the way around and, in the umpire’s judgment, unintentionally hits the catcher or the ball in back of him on the backswing, it shall be called a strike only (not interference). The ball will be dead, however, and no runner shall advance on the play."

This is the 65th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 34th manager ejection of 2022.
This is Milwaukee's 1st ejection of 2022, 4th in the NL Central (CHC 4; STL 3; PIT 2; MIL 1; CIN 0).
This is Craig Counsell's 1st ejection since Sept 2, 2021 (Ted Barrett; QOC = Y-c [Fair/Foul]).
This is Ramon De Jesus' 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 19 (Amir Garrett; QOC = N-c [Balk]).

Thursday, June 9, 2022

MLB Ejection 064 - Paul Emmel (1; Terry Francona)

3B Umpire Paul Emmel ejected Guardians manager Terry Francona (obstruction runner placement/penalty call by 2B Umpire Jeremie Rehak; QOCY) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the #Athletics-#Guardians game. With one out and one on, Guardians baserunner R1 Steven Kwan attempted to steal second base, drawing a throw from A's catcher Sean Murphy. The throw evaded A's shortstop Elvis Andrus and continued into center field, leading Kwan, who had slid into second base, to attempt to advance to third base, becoming entangled with Andrus and tripping, resulting in an obstruction call from 2B Umpire Rehak. Kwan returned to second base as A's center fielder Cristian Pache backed up the throw and retrieved the loose baseball. Replays indicate Andrus, while the defense was not actively making a play on the runner, obstructed Kwan (Type 2 or Type B), but that Kwan likely would not have safely achieved third base had obstruction not occurred, due to Pache's defense, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the A's were leading, 4-2. The Guardians ultimately won the contest, 8-4.

This is Paul Emmel (50)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Paul Emmel now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 MLB + 1 Correct-Crewmate = 4).
Crew Chief Paul Emmel now has 3 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 3).
*Official Baseball Rule 6.01(h)(2): "When obstruction occurs, the umpires shall call or signal 'Obstruction.' If no play is being made on the obstructed runner, the play shall proceed until no further action is possible. The umpire shall then call “Time” and impose such penalties, if any, as in their judgment will nullify the act of obstruction."
OBR 6.01(h) Comment: "After a fielder has made an attempt to field a ball and missed, they can no longer be in the 'act of fielding' the ball. For example: An infielder dives at a ground ball and the ball passes them and they continue to lie on the ground and delay the progress of the runner, they very likely have obstructed the runner."

This is the 64th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 33rd manager ejection of 2022.
This is Cleveland's 1st ejection of 2022, T-4th in the AL Central (DET, KC, MIN 2; CLE, CWS 1).
This is Terry Francona's 1st ejection since July 9, 2021 (James Hoye; QOC = N [Out/Safe]).
This is Paul Emmel's 1st ejection since August 24, 2019 (Yonathan Daza; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Monday, June 6, 2022

MLB Ejection 063 - Alex Tosi (1; Rocco Baldelli)

HP Umpire Alex Tosi ejected Twins manager Rocco Baldelli (foul ball/strike/check swing call) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the #Yankees-#Twins game. With none out and one on on, Twins batter Max Kepler attempted to check his swing on a 0-0 sinker from Yankees pitcher Wandy Peralta, ruled a foul ball by HP Umpire Tosi. Replays indicate the bat did not make contact with the ball; the check swing is under review by the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was *PENDING*. At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 8-4. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 10-4.

This is Alex Tosi (66)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Alex Tosi now has ? points in the UEFL Standings.
Crew Chief Jim Reynolds now has ? in Crew Division.

This is the 63rd ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 32nd manager ejection of 2022.
This is Minnesota's 2nd ejection of 2022, T-1st in the AL Central (DET, KC, MIN 2; CWS 1; CLE 0).
This is Rocco Baldelli's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 14 (John Tumpane; QOC = Y [Obstruction]).
This is Alex Tosi's first career MLB ejection.

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins, 6/7/22 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejections 059-062 - Chris Guccione (HOU-SEA)

HP Umpire Chris Guccione ejected Mariners manager Scott Servais and Astros 1B Coach Omar Lopez (fighting), and pitcher Hector Neris, and manager Dusty Baker (throwing at after warnings) in the top of the 9th inning of the #Mariners- #Astros game. With two out and none on, Mariners batter Ty France took a first-pitch fastball from Astros pitcher Neris for a hit-by-pitch, resulting in a benches-clearing incident and Servais and Lopez's ejections for instigating the altercation, as well as warnings. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and made contact with the jersey along France's lower back, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the Mariners were leading, 5-4.

Following France's HBP, ensuing batter Julio Rodriguez hit a two-run home run before JP Crawford walked. New batter Eugenio Suarez then took a first-pitch fastball for a called first ball, resulting in Neris and Baker's ejection for throwing at Suarez. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and above the height of Suarez's head, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the Mariners were leading, 7-4. The Mariners ultimately won the contest, 7-4.

These are Chris Guccione (68)'s 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th ejections of 2022.
Chris Guccione now has 12 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 4*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable] = 12).
Crew Chief Chris Guccione now has 6 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 4 Irrecusable Calls = 6).

These are the 59th, 60th, 61st, and 62nd ejection reports of the 2022 MLB regular season.
These are the 30th and 31st manager ejections of 2022.
This is the 20th player ejection of 2022. Prior to ejection, Neris' line was 0.2 IP, 2 ER, BB, HBP.
This is Seattle's 3rd ejection of 2022, 2nd in the AL West (HOU 4; SEA 3; LAA, OAK 2; TEX 0).
This is Houston's 2-4th ejection of 2022, 1st in the AL West (HOU 4; SEA 3; LAA, OAK 2; TEX 0).
This is Scott Servais' 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since April 28 (Shane Livensparger; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Omar Lopez's first career MLB ejection.
This is Hector Neris' 1st ejection since July 16, 2019 (Chris Conroy; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Dusty Baker's 1st ejection since June 10, 2021 (Sean Barber; QOC = Y [Fair/Foul]).
This is Chris Guccione's 1st ejection since Sept 14, 2019 (Dale Sveum; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros, 6/6/22 | Video as follows:

Teachable - Liven on a Sparger with Catch Timing

In this Teachable, tmac points to 2B Umpire Shane Livensparger's patience and timing on a play at second base in Tampa Bay wherein the fielder may or may not have caught a ball. Although Livensparger's mechanic, in real-time, appears relatively quick, in reviewing the play more in-depth, we see that the umpire allowed the play to fully develop before rendering a decision.

A ground ball to Rays shortstop Wander Franco starts this play; with a runner on first, the play is to second and 2B Umpire Livensparger recognizes that and gets into position to officiate it. As Brandon Lowe lunges to field Franco's soft toss, Mariners baserunner R1 Eugenio Suarez enters the screen and jogs toward the base.

Livensparger follows the off-balance fielder Lowe, who has barehanded the throw, before ultimately dropping the baseball, using a safe mechanic to communicate the catch/no catch determination (by virtue of no catch, thus, the force out attempt also is unsuccessful).

Recall that "A CATCH is the act of a fielder in getting secure possession in his hand or glove of a ball in flight and firmly holding it" and that "It is not a catch, however, if simultaneously or immediately following his contact with the ball, he collides with a player, or with a wall, or if he falls down, and as a result of such collision or falling, drops the ball."

U2 Livensparger, having ruled that Lowe dropping the ball was not a voluntary and intentional release of the ball, signals safe, communicating that in his judgment, Lowe did not completely control the ball as required by rule.

Video as follows:

Sunday, June 5, 2022

MLB Ejection 058 - Vic Carapazza (2; Ryan Pressly)

HP Umpire Vic Carapazza ejected Astros pitcher Ryan Pressly (arguing warnings) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the #Astros-#Royals game. With two out and none on, Royals batter Michael Taylor took first-pitch and 2-0 fastballs from Pressly for called balls. Replays indicate the pitch were located inside the right-handed batter's box and thigh-high; two Astros batters had been hit by pitches earlier in the game (Peña by KC pitcher Keasley in the 2nd and Alvarez by KC pitcher Snider in the 9th), the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Astros were leading, 7-3. The Astros ultimately won the contest, 7-4.

This is Vic Carapazza (19)'s 2nd ejection of 2022.
Vic Carapazza now has 2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 2).
Crew Chief Jerry Meals now has 3 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 1 Irrecusable Call = 3).

This is the 58th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 19th player ejection of 2022. Prior to ejection, Pressly's line was 0.2 IP, ER, BB.
This is Houston's 1st ejection of 2022, 4th in the AL West (LAA, OAK, SEA 2; HOU 1; TEX 0).
This is Ryan Pressly's 1st ejection since May 4, 2016 (Scott Barry; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Vic Carapazza's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since June 1 (Kevin Cash; QOC = N [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals, 6/5/22 | Video as follows:

Saturday, June 4, 2022

MLB Ejection 057 - Gabe Morales (1; Dave Martinez)

HP Umpire Gabe Morales ejected Nationals manager Dave Martinez (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 9th inning of the #Nationals-#Reds game. With two out and one on (R1), Nationals batter Cesar Hernandez took a 1-2 slider from Reds pitcher Hunter Strickland for a called third strike. Replays indicate the 1-0 pitch was located over the inner edge of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px -0.80, pz 1.35 [sz_bot 1.54 / RAD 1.42 / MOE 1.33]) and the 1-2 pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px -0.76, pz 1.47 [sz_bot 1.54 / RAD 1.42]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Nationals were leading, 10-7. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 10-8.

This is Gabe Morales (47)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Gabe Morales now has 5 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 5).
Crew Chief Andy Fletcher now has 2 points in Crew Division (1 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 2).
*The 1-0 pitch was located 0.24 and the 1-2 pitch was 1.69 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 57th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 29th manager ejection of 2022.
This is Washington's 3rd ejection of 2022, T-1st in the NL East (MIA, WAS 3; PHI 2; ATL, NYM 1).
This is Dave Martinez's 1st ejection since Sept 20, 2021 (Doug Eddings; QOC = Y-c [Run Lane INT]).
This is Gabe Morales' 1st ejection since July 10, 2021 (Craig Counsell; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds, 6/4/22 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 056 - Bruce Dreckman (1; Oliver Marmol)

HP Umpire Bruce Dreckman ejected Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol (strike three call; QOCN) in the top of the 7th inning of the #Cardinals-#Cubs game. With two out and the bases loaded, Cardinals batter Tommy Edman took a 3-2 slider from Cubs pitcher Scott Effross for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the inner edge of home plate and thigh-high (px -1.10, pz 2.71 [sz_top 3.24]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Cubs were leading, 5-1. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 6-1.

This is Bruce Dreckman (1)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Bruce Dreckman now has -2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -2).
Crew Chief Paul Emmel now has 0 points in Crew Division (0 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 0).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
This pitch was located 2.23 horizontal inches from being deemed correct.

This is the 56th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 28th manager ejection of 2022.
This is St Louis' 3rd ejection of 2022, 2nd in the NL Central (CHC 4; STL 3; PIT 2; CIN, MIL 0).
This is Oliver Marmol's first career MLB ejection.
This is Bruce Dreckman's 1st ejection since June 30, 2019 (Kevin Cash; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: St Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs, 6/4/22 | Video as follows:

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Ask UEFL - Angel in the Infield Fly & Intentional Drop?

Tmac
 answers two questions for the price of one in this Ask the UEFL infield fly and intentional drop rule double feature in a game between the Orioles and Cardinals with umpire Angel Hernandez behind the plate in St Louis. With none out and two on (R1, R2), Orioles batter Chris Owings' sacrifice bunt attempt goes horribly awry as the pitch from Nick Wittgren is bunted high into the air in front of the pitcher's mound.

Baltimore Pitcher Wittgren permits the batted ball to fall to the ground untouched before picking up the fair ball and throwing to third base to force out the lead runner, with third baseman Nolan Arenado throwing on to second base to force out R1 Robinson Chirinos.

The two-pronged question—why isn't this an infield fly and why isn't this an intentional drop—rely on two sections of the Official Baseball Rules. First, the Definition of Terms states, "An infield fly is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out."

OBR 5.09(a)(12) discusses intentional drops and states that the batter is out when "An infielder intentionally drops a fair fly ball or line drive, with first, first and second, first and third, or first, second and third base occupied before two are out. The ball is dead and runner or runners shall return to their original base or bases."

However, the pertinent part for this particular play is the following APPROVED RULING: "In this situation, the batter is not out if the infielder permits the ball to drop untouched to the ground, except when the Infield Fly rule applies."

When HP Umpire Hernandez signals "safe," Angel is thus communicating two different, but related, no-calls: It is not an infield fly because it is an attempted bunt, and it is not an intentional drop because the fielder permitted the ball to drop untouched and the infield fly does not apply.

Video as follows:

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

MLB Ejection 055 - Vic Carapazza (1; Kevin Cash)

HP Umpire Vic Carapazza ejected Rays manager Kevin Cash (check swing) in the top of the 11th inning of the #Rays-#Rangers game. With one out and one on, Rays batter Ji-Man Choi attempted to check his swing on a 1-0 slider from Rangers pitcher Dennis Santana, ruled a swinging strike by HP Umpire Carapazza. 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 Rays ultimately won the contest, 4-3, in 11 innings.

This is Vic Carapazza (19)'s ejection of 2022.
Vic Carapazza now has X points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev + 2 MLB + X Call = X).
Crew Chief Jerry Meals now has X points in Crew Division (1 Previous + X Call = X).

This is the 55th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 27th manager ejection of 2022.
This is Tampa Bay's 3rd ejection of 2022, T-3rd in the AL East (TOR 5; NYY 4; BOS, TB 3; BAL 2).
This is Kevin Cash's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 22 (Bill Welke; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Vic Carapazza's 1st ejection since August 28, 2021 (Trent Grisham; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers, 6/1/22 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 054 - Mike Muchlinski (1; Mark Kotsay)

HP Umpire Mike Muchlinski ejected Athletics manager Mark Kotsay (ball two call; QOCN) in the top of the 8th inning of the #Astros-#Athletics game. With one out and none on, Astros batter Yordan Alvarez took a 1-2 fastball from A's pitcher AJ Puk for called second ball before being hit by a pitch two pitches later. Replays indicate the 1-2 pitch was located over the edge of home plate and thigh-high (px -0.67, pz 2.20), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the A's were leading, 3-1. The Astros ultimately won the contest, 5-4.

This is Mike Muchlinski (76)'s 1st ejection of 2022.
Mike Muchlinski now has -2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -2).
Crew Chief CB Bucknor now has 2 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 2).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
This pitch was located 0.94 horizontal inches from being deemed correct.

This is the 54th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 26th manager ejection of 2022.
This is Oakland's 2nd ejection of 2022, T-1st in the AL West (LAA, OAK, SEA 2; HOU, TEX 0).
This is Mark Kotsay's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since April 23 (Brian Knight; QOC = Y [Replay Review]).
This is Mike Muchlinski's 1st ejection since Sept 12, 2019 (Chris Woodward; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics, 6/1/22 | Video as follows:

Call of the Month - May 2022

May 2022's Call of the Month takes us to Fenway Park, where 1B Umpire Greg Gibson officiates a tricky play at first base as multiple variables come together simultaneously to make an infield ground ball into a call challenged and confirmed via Replay Review.

The play begins with Red Sox batter JD Martinez hitting a ground ball up the middle, where Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña made a diving play to stop the ball before throwing to first baseman Yuli Gurriel as Martinez arrived at first base.

Boston challenged the call, alleging that Gurriel had pulled his foot, but as signaled by Gibson and confirmed by Replay, Gurriel kept his foot on the base and caught the ball prior to Martinez's arrival.

Video as follows:

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

MLB Ejection 053 - Lance Barrett (Julio Rodriguez)

HP Umpire Lance Barrett ejected Mariners CF Julio Rodriguez (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 8th inning of the #Mariners-#Orioles game. With one out and one on (R1), Mariners batter Rodriguez took a 2-2 fastball from Orioles pitcher Marcos Diplan for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner edge of home plate and waist-high (px -0.71, pz 2.72) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Mariners were leading, 9-0. The Mariners ultimately won the contest, 10-0.

This is Lance Barrett (16)'s 2nd ejection of 2022.
Lance Barrett now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 6).
Crew Chief Dan Bellino now has 3 points in Crew Division (2 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 3).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
This pitch was located 2.45 horizontal inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 53rd ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.
This is the 18th player ejection of 2022. Prior to ejection, Rodriguez was 1-5 (SO) in the contest.
This is Seattle's 2nd ejection of 2022, T-1st in the AL West (LAA, SEA 2; OAK 1; HOU, TEX 0).
This is Julio Rodriguez's 1st career MLB ejection.
This is Lance Barrett's 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since May 10 (Charlie Montoyo; QOC = U [Warnings]).

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. Baltimore Orioles, 5/31/22 | Video as follows: