Monday, April 29, 2024

MLB Ejection 029 - Ryan Additon (1; Pat Murphy)

HP Umpire Ryan Additon ejected Brewers manager Pat Murphy (backswing contact [not interference]; QOCY) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the #Rays-#Brewers game. With one out and two on, Brewers batter Jake Bauers attempted to strike a 1-2 slider from Rays pitcher Jason Adam for a swinging third strike. As the pitch passed home plate, it eluded catcher RenĂ© Pinto before batter Bauers' bat made contact with Pinto's head on the backswing, resulting in "Time" and dead ball call from HP Umpire Additon, who called Bauers for inadvertent backswing contact (colloquially known as "backswing interference" although this type of contact is not interference). As a result, Brewers baserunner Sal Frelick, who had slid across home plate on the wild pitch, was returned to third base and Bauers was declared out (since the dead ball strike on a 1-2 count resulted in strike three). Replays indicate Bauers' bat made contact with Pinto's head on the backswing, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Rays were leading, 1-0. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 1-0.

This is Ryan Additon (67)'s 1st ejection of 2024.
*Official Baseball Rule 6.03(a)(3) Comment states, "If a batter strikes at a ball and misses and swings so hard they carry the bat all the way around and, in the umpire’s judgment, unintentionally hit the catcher or the ball in back of them 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."
In OBR/NCAA, this is inadvertent backswing contact (not actual interference).
In NFHS, this is follow-through interference (which is actual interference).

This is the 29th ejection report of the 2024 MLB regular season.
This is the 14th manager ejection of 2024. Ejection Tally: 14 Managers, 4 Coaches, 11 Players.
This is Milwaukee's 1st ejection of 2024, 2nd in the NL Central (PIT 3; MIL 1; CHC, CIN, STL 0).
This is Pat Murphy's 1st ejection since August 4, 2023 (Edwin Moscoso; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Ryan Additon's 1st ejection since July 27, 2023 (Miles Mikolas; QOC = U [Throwing At]).

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