Monday, May 29, 2023

Twofer - RLI and Jeff Nelson's Hot Mic Moment in Anaheim

We begin this CCS Twofer with a runner's lane interference call by HP Umpire Charlie Ramos in Detroit and end with Crew Chief Jeff Nelson's hot mic moment in Anaheim as the umpire had to compete with in-stadium music to speak on a Marlins challenge in extra innings.

The runner's lane interference (RLI) play proved rather run of the mill, as all tend to do when you know what to look for: Rangers batter Bubba Thompson failed to run within the runner's lane in the last half of the distance to first base and was called for RLI by the plate umpire as a result. Replays indicate that Thompson, in at least a few strides, was entirely inside (to the left of) the foul line and on the infield grass.

In Anaheim, HP Umpire CB Bucknor ruled an out at home plate on a double play attempt, but Miami sought to challenge it because LA's catcher failed to touch home plate with his foot. Nelson tried three times to inform the stadium the play was under review, but aborted his first two attempts when the music continued to blare.

After Nelson finally got his announcement in, his still-hot mic captured "they've got their heads up their asses." While most commenters believe he was annoyed with the Marlins for challenging the play, I think it had to do with the level of auditory competition at the stadium.

Video as follows:

Alternate Link: RLI call on batter-runner in Detroit and umpire's hot mic in SoCal


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