Runner's Lane Interference Plagues Chicago's Heyward

05/24/2017 21:45:00 PM

Jeff Nelson's runner lane interference call on Chicago Cubs batter Jayson Heyward put an out on the board for San Francisco while simultaneously sending a Cubs baserunner back to second base from home plate, as the friendly confines encountered ...

A Look at the Dale Scott Crew Without Their Crew Chief

05/24/2017 17:24:00 PM

Over a month has passed since Dale Scott sustained a game-ending head injury and concussion as plate umpire in Toronto on April 14, 2017, and the long-time veteran has remained off the field ever since.*Dale Scott has suffered multiple recent ...

MLB Ejection 047 - Nic Lentz (2; Clint Hurdle)

05/23/2017 19:33:00 PM

HP Umpire Nic Lentz ejected Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle (out of base path call) in the top of the 1st inning of the Pirates-Braves game. With two out and two on (R1, R3), Pirates batter John Jaso hit a 1-2 knuckleball from Braves pitcher RA ...

Humor Me This - Who Cleans the Plate After a Tantrum?

05/23/2017 19:00:00 PM

On a lighter note, Yankees Manager Joe Girardi finally cleaned home plate after covering its Floridian cousin with dirt during a post-ejection tantrum on Saturday.Veteran Crew Chief Jerry Layne called Girardi out of his dugout during Monday ...

Old School - West Crew Reverses Call Without Replay

05/23/2017 11:09:00 AM

In a throw-back to days before instant replay, Joe West helped Hunter Wendelstedt reverse the latter's "safe" call on the bases without going to New York.Wendelstedt, alongside West, reverses his call.The sequence began in the top of the 2nd ...

MLB Ejections 045-046 - Phil Cuzzi (2-3; Freese, Hurdle)

05/22/2017 20:06:00 PM

HP Umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Pirates 3B David Freese & Manager Clint Hurdle (strike three call) in the top of the 4th inning of the Pirates-Braves game. With none out and none on, Freese took a 2-2 fastball from Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz ...

Dangerous Precedent - GHSA Overturns Judgment Call

05/22/2017 14:57:00 PM

In a decision contradicting years of legal precedent & NFHS rules, GHSA reversed an umpire's judgment call as the result of a post-game protest filed by the losing team.Last week, we reported the curious case of Lee County vs Johns Creek High ...

Major League Debut of Umpire Ryan Additon (67)

05/21/2017 12:40:00 PM

Umpire Ryan Additon makes his MLB debut during the Royals-Twins game on Sunday in Minnesota, joining Bill Miller's crew for two games of the KC-MIN doubleheader, serving as the first base umpire alongside HP Umpire Bill Miller, 2B Umpire Kerwin ...

MLB Ejections 042-044 - Scott Barry (1-3; NYY, TB)

05/21/2017 01:58:00 AM

HP Umpire Scott Barry ejected Yankees Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild & Manager Joe Girardi (balls/strikes) in the bottom of the 5th and Rays pitcher Matt Andriese (Throwing At Yankees batter Aaron Judge) in the top of the 6th inning of the ...

MLB Ejection 041 - Mike Winters (1; Bob Melvin)

05/21/2017 01:46:00 AM

2B Umpire Mike Winters ejected A's Manager Bob Melvin (base award/runner placement) in the bottom of the 2nd inning. With one out and two on, A's batter Josh Phegley hit a 0-1 fastball from Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz on the ground to catcher ...

MLB Ejections 038-040 - Carlos Torres (1-3; MIA-LAD)

05/20/2017 00:20:00 AM

HP Umpire Carlos Torres ejected Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling (Throwing At Marlins batter Giancarlo Stanton) and Marlins Manager Don Mattingly & Dodgers Bench Coach Bob Geren (Fighting) in the top of the 9th inning of the Marlins-Dodgers game. ...

MLB Ejection 037 - Nic Lentz (1; Mike Matheny)

05/19/2017 23:47:00 PM

HP Umpire Nic Lentz ejected Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny (ball four call) in the top of the 7th inning of the Giants-Cardinals game. With two out and one on, Giants batters Brandon Belt and Buster Posey both walked. Replays indicate all eight ...

Ask the UEFL - Protested Game-Ending Appeal Force Play

05/18/2017 13:54:00 PM

A runner declared out for failure to touch a base cancelled a run on appeal, prolonging a tied ballgame and sending it to extra innings as the apparent winners filed a protest over the call. How will that protest play out?Such is the question ...

Permissible Conduct - Multiple Bench Clears in Atlanta

05/18/2017 09:54:00 AM

"What you permit, you promote" is an officiating axiom that may apply to bench clearings, as yet another rhubarb took place in baseball, this time between the Blue Jays and Braves in Atlanta.Like the first bench clearer of Wednesday—Dodger ...

Dodger vs Giants Bench-Clearer and Division of Halves

05/17/2017 19:29:00 PM

The Dodgers-Giants rivalry took a bench-clearing turn Wednesday afternoon after an up-and-in fastball from SF pitcher Johnny Cueto flew past LA batter Yasmani Grandal's head and to the backstop.Yet the benches didn't clear at the point—it ...

Boundary Call - Spectator Interference vs Out of Play

05/17/2017 16:00:00 PM

A fielder reached into the stands to catch a foul fly ball, and ended up with a fan's hat in his glove alongside it. Today's lesson from the UEFL University concerns boundaries: specifically, what constitutes a legal catch, spectator interference, ...

MLB Ejection 036 - Tripp Gibson (1; Don Cooper)

05/16/2017 23:59:00 PM

HP Umpire Tripp Gibson ejected White Sox Pitching Coach Don Cooper (ball four call) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the White Sox-Angels game. With one out and the bases loaded, Angels batter Luis Valbuena took four consecutive pitches from ...

Tmac's Teachable Moments - Wild Check Swing Plate Play

05/16/2017 13:21:00 PM

Here's a Tmac's Teachable Moment about wild pitches and ensuing plays at home plate. I had a few people ask me about this play a while back so let's take a look at a complicated play from an interleague game between the Cubs and Red Sox.The ...

MLB Ejection 035 - Phil Cuzzi (1; Neil Walker)

05/15/2017 01:44:00 AM

HP Umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Mets 2B Neil Walker (strike two call) in the top of the 9th inning of the Mets-Brewers game. With none out and none on, Walker took a 0-1 knuckle curve from Brewers pitcher Corey Knebel for a called second strike ...

Umpiring Legend, MLB Sup Steve Palermo Has Died

05/14/2017 15:20:00 PM

Former American League Umpire and MLB Umpiring Supervisor Steve Palermo has died at the age of 67.Former AL Umpire Steve Palermo has died.Born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1949, Palermo's career in the American League spanned from an October ...

Injury Scout - Hit in 5th & 8th, Randazzo Leaves in 14th

05/13/2017 14:22:00 PM

Tony Randazzo left Friday's Reds-Giants game in the 14th inning, hours after the umpire was hit in the head by a 5th inning Johnny Cueto pitch.With one out and one on (R2) in the top of the 5th inning, Reds batter Billy Hamilton showed bunt, ...

MLB Ejection 034 - Adrian Johnson (1; Chase Headley)

05/13/2017 01:55:00 AM

HP Umpire Adrian Johnson ejected Yankees 3B Chase Headley (foul ball call/HBP no-call) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Astros-Yankees game. With two out and none on, Headley attempted to bunt a 0-1 cutter from Astros pitcher Will Harris ...

Tmac's Teachable Moments - Standing Still

05/12/2017 11:09:00 AM

Today's Tmac Teachable Moment is about stillness. Sounds boring enough, but it could be the difference between a correct call and a rather ugly situation. The play takes us to Anaheim, where we have Alfonso Marquez at 3rd base as the 3B Umpire ...

MLB Ejection 033 - Vic Carapazza (2; Pete Walker)

05/10/2017 19:29:00 PM

HP Umpire Vic Carapazza ejected Blue Jays Pitching Coach Pete Walker (balls/strikes) in the top of the 3rd inning of the Indians-Blue Jays game. With none out and none on, Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Liriano walked Indians batters Carlos Santana ...

Charlesworth-Seiler 2nd Woman Hired into GCL in 2 Yrs

05/10/2017 17:16:00 PM

Minor League Baseball hired Emma Charlesworth-Seiler to umpire Gulf Coast League games, the latest woman to enter the professional officiating ranks, and first instance that two women have been hired into pro ball in back-to-back years in Minor ...

MLB Ejection 032 - Laz Diaz (1; Daniel Murphy)

05/09/2017 23:08:00 PM

HP Umpire Laz Diaz ejected Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy (strike three call) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Nationals-Orioles game.* With none out and one on (R2), Murphy took a 3-2 fastball from Orioles pitcher Mychal Givens for a called ...

MLB Ejection 031 - Bill Welke (3; Kevin Cash)

05/09/2017 19:51:00 PM

3B Umpire Bill Welke ejected Rays Manager Kevin Cash (balk call; failure to notify umpires of Windup Position) in the top of the 3rd inning of the Royals-Rays game. With none out and one on (R3), Rays pitcher Matt Andriese attempted to deliver ...

MLB Ejections 029-30 - Andy Fletcher (2-3; MIA x2)

05/09/2017 18:44:00 PM

HP Umpire Andy Fletcher ejected Marlins CF Christian Yelich and Manager Don Mattingly (strike three call) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Cardinals-Marlins game. With one out and none on, Yelich took a 2-2 curveball from Cardinals pitcher ...

MLB Ejection 028 - H Wendelstedt (1; Don Mattingly)

05/08/2017 22:03:00 PM

HP Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ejected Marlins Manager Don Mattingly (strike three call) in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the Cardinals-Marlins game. With two out and none on, Marlins batter Derek Dietrich took a 1-2 fastball from Cardinals ...

MLB Ejection 027 - Vic Carapazza (1; John Gibbons)

05/08/2017 21:02:00 PM

2B Umpire Vic Carapazza ejected Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons (obstruction call) in the top of the 8th inning of the Indians-Blue Jays game. With none out and two on (R2, R3), Indians batter Francisco Lindor hit a 0-2 slider from Blue Jays ...

MLB Ejection 026 - Paul Emmel (2; Rick Renteria)

05/08/2017 01:49:00 AM

HP Umpire Paul Emmel ejected White Sox Manager Rick Renteria (strike two call) in the top of the 3rd inning of the White Sox-Orioles game. With one out and one on (R1), White Sox batter Avisail Garcia took a 2-1 slider from Orioles pitcher Chris ...

Balk - Pitcher Blown Off Mound, OBR Adopts Hybrid Rule

05/07/2017 11:09:00 AM

A gust of wind blew a pitcher off the mound for a balk, and hybrid stances are losing their luster thanks to a rules change enacted for the 2017 season.Scribner literally falls off the mound.With one out and a runner on second base during Saturday's ...

Official Rule, Procedure for No-Pitch Intentional Walk

05/05/2017 17:12:00 PM

Our friends at Umpire-Empire came across this dandy regarding no-pitch intentional walks in the 2017 MLB Umpire Manual, which instructs umpires on how to administer the new-for-2017 free pass:If a defensive team's manager notifies the umpire ...

MLB Ejection 025 - Mike Muchlinski (2; Ryon Healy)

05/04/2017 19:03:00 PM

HP Umpire Mike Muchlinski ejected Athletics 3B Ryon Healy (strike three call) in the top of the 8th inning of the A's-Twins game. With one out and the bases loaded, Healy took a 2-2 curveball from Twins pitcher Ryan Pressly for a called third ...

MiLB - Wilhelms Ejects Lopez on Hidden Ball Trick Play

05/04/2017 15:42:00 PM

Carolina's successful hidden ball trick resulted in HP Umpire Ryan Wilhelms' ejection of Buies Creek Astros Manager Omar Lopez on Wednesday after the Single-A Advanced Mudcats employed the tricky live ball maneuver during the 7th inning of their ...

MLB Ejection 024 - Bill Welke (2; Joe Girardi)

05/03/2017 21:16:00 PM

HP Umpire Bill Welke ejected Yankees Manager Joe Girardi (strike one call) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Blue Jays-Yankees game. With none out and none on, Yankees batter Starlin Castro took a 0-0 fastball from Blue Jays pitcher Joe ...

MLB Ejection 022-23 - Sam Holbrook (1-2; Gausman, Jones)

05/03/2017 19:21:00 PM

HP Umpire Sam Holbrook ejected Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman (Throwing At Red Sox batter Xander Bogaerts) in the bottom of the 2nd and Orioles CF Adam Jones (Balls/Strikes) in the 5th inning of the Orioles-Red Sox game. In the 2nd, with none ...

Orioles Turn Triple Play on Contested Infield Fly No-Call

05/03/2017 10:18:00 AM

Baltimore turned an odd triple play in Boston thanks an infield fly rule no-call and batter's failure to run to first base and/or abandoning his effort to run the bases. It was the first triple play of the 2017 regular season.Jim Wolf calls ...

Case Play 2017-5 - Dead Ball Missed Base Appeal

05/02/2017 14:42:00 PM

HP Umpire Chad Stears declared a runner out on appeal for failing to touch home plate during a home run celebration. As fate would have it, the out occurred after the ball-over-wall hit had apparently tied the game (which ended up as a one-run ...

Handling a Bench Clearing Incident - Battle of Texas

05/02/2017 10:08:00 AM

Benches cleared in Houston after a pitch thrown behind Rangers batter Mike Napoli, spurring HP Umpire and Crew Chief Gerry Davis into an abbreviated exercise of situation handling.Benches clear and get physical in Houston.With two out and none ...

MiLB Ejection - Trash Can Thrown onto Field After Play

05/01/2017 17:56:00 PM

Double-A umpire Chris Scott's ejection of New Hampshire Fisher Cats Manager Gary Allenson and bench player Shane Dawson is our featured Minor League ejection.With two out and two on during the 4/29 Fisher Cats-Rumble Ponies Eastern League game ...

Infield Interference - LeMahieu Collides with Pollock

05/01/2017 10:18:00 AM

An extra inning interference call against Arizona's AJ Pollock didn't hurt the Diamondbacks, who defeated Colorado three innings later, but drew the ire of D-Backs fans and broadcasters at the time.Executive Summary: Due to the runner's actions ...

MLB Ejection 020 - Quinn Wolcott (1; Ryan Braun)

04/29/2017 21:42:00 PM

HP Umpire Quinn Wolcott ejected Brewers LF Ryan Braun (strike three call) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Braves-Brewers game. With two out and none on, Braun took a 2-2 fastball from Braves pitcher Eric O'Flaherty for a called third ...

Obstruction Type 2 Does Not Guarantee Free Base

04/29/2017 16:58:00 PM

Contrary to myth, Obstruction Type 2 does not guarantee a runner a free base and even allows him to be tagged out if he attempts to advance too far.Angel Hernandez rules "Obstruction," Type 2.During Saturday's Mets-Nationals game, Nationals ...

Injury Scout - CB Bucknor Taken Out by Foul Ball

04/29/2017 09:47:00 AM

CB Bucknor left Friday's Twins-Royals game as the result of a foul ball head injury.With one out and three on in the top of the 8th inning, Twins batter Miguel Sano fouled a 92.9 miles-per-hour fastball from Royals pitcher Joakim Soria into ...

Case Play 2017-4 - Hurdling Over a Retired Runner

04/28/2017 14:23:00 PM

A recently retired runner is guilty of interference upon hindering or impeding the defense's ensuing play after being put out. Having recently discussed diving over a fielder, we now turn our attention to hurdling over a runner.Graveman tags ...

Clearing Up a Myth - Timely Retouch of a Bobbled Fly

04/27/2017 21:14:00 PM

Catching a fly ball obliges runners to retouch their bases before attempting to advance, lest they be liable to be put out for failing to properly tag up. This play is so common, it has its own name and method of scoring: sacrifice fly.Kerwin ...

Diving Over Fielder Legality - OBR, NCAA, NFHS, LL

04/26/2017 11:19:00 AM

The legality of a runner diving over a catcher varies by level of play, with professional baseball the most permissive of this maneuver and high school the least.Click here for Video Analysis of This Play (Runner Diving Over a Fielder).Legality ...

Case Play 2017-3 - Illegal Disconcertion of the Batter

04/25/2017 13:11:00 PM

In baseball, disconcertion of the batter occurs when a fielder distracts the batter during a pitch delivery in contravention of baseball rules pertaining to unsportsmanlike conduct. Although rare, the most common form of disconcertion is movement ...

Sorry Toronto - Batter's Interference Call Was Correct

04/25/2017 01:06:00 AM

After ejecting John Gibbons in the 6th, HP Umpire Toby Basner ruled batter interference in the 7th, again stirring Toronto's ire. Was this the correct call? Here is the proper interpretation for batter's interference, complicated by what appears ...

MLB Ejection 019 - Toby Basner (1; John Gibbons)

04/24/2017 23:57:00 PM

HP Umpire Toby Basner ejected Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons (strike three call) in the top of the 6th inning of the Blue Jays-Angels game. With two out and none on, Blue Jays batter Russell Martin took a 3-2 fastball from Angels pitcher Jesse ...

MLB Ejection 018 - Alfonso Marquez (1; Jeff Banister)

04/24/2017 22:35:00 PM

HP Umpire Alfonso Marquez ejected Rangers Manager Jeff Banister (strike three call) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Twins-Rangers game. With one out and none on, Rangers batter Elvis Andrus took a 2-2 sinker from Twins pitcher Brandon ...

Injury Scout - Brian Gorman Off Plate Duty on Sunday

04/24/2017 12:01:00 PM

Sunday's scheduled plate umpire in Philadelphia, Brian Gorman, officiated second base instead due to a "medical clearance" issue, according to the Phillies broadcast.Gorman, who officiated Saturday's game at first base, returned to his Friday ...

MLB Ejection 017 - Paul Emmel (1; Andy Green)

04/23/2017 21:09:00 PM

HP Umpire Paul Emmel ejected Padres Manager Andy Green (balls/strikes) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Marlins-Padres game. Green's objection to Emmel's strike zone concerned the final two Padres batters in San Diego's 7th inning (the ...

MLB Ejection 016 - Ramon De Jesus (John Gibbons)

04/23/2017 20:49:00 PM

HP Umpire Ramon De Jesus ejected Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons (Illegal Quick Pitch, automatic ball call) in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Blue Jays-Angels game. With two out and none on, Angels batter Kole Calhoun prepared to receive ...

MLB Ejections 014-015 - John Tumpane (1-2; STL x2)

04/23/2017 20:04:00 PM

HP Umpire John Tumpane ejected Cardinals 1B Matt Carpenter and Manager Mike Matheny (strike two call) in the top of the 7th inning of the Cardinals-Brewers game. With two out and none on, Carpenter took 3-1 and 3-2 sliders from Brewers pitcher ...

MLB Ejection 013 - Andy Fletcher (1; Matt Barnes)

04/23/2017 19:49:00 PM

HP Umpire Andy Fletcher ejected Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes (Throwing At Orioles 3B Manny Machado) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Red Sox-Orioles game. With one out and one on (R2), batter Machado fouled a first-pitch changeup from pitcher ...

MLB Ejections 011-012 - Jordan Baker (1-2; Boyd, Sano)

04/22/2017 16:18:00 PM

HP Umpire Jordan Baker ejected Tigers P Matthew Boyd and Twins 3B Miguel Sano (Throwing At & Fighting) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Tigers-Twins game. With one out and none on, pitcher Boyd threw a first-pitch fastball behind batter ...

MLB Ejection 010 - Alan Porter (3; Brian Butterfield)

04/21/2017 22:24:00 PM

3B Umpire Alan Porter ejected Red Sox 3B Coach Brian Butterfield (Replay Review/slide rule interference no-call by 2B Umpire Andy Fletcher) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Red Sox-Orioles game. With none out and one on (R1), Orioles batter ...

Tmac's Teachable Moments - Check Swings

04/21/2017 14:21:00 PM

A flurry of check swing calls from plate umpires is today's Tmac's Teachable Moments lesson.We specifically look at the concept of multiple umpire configurations and the popular question, "Whose call is that, anyway?" [Hint: The idea of "ask ...

MLB Ejection 009 - Alan Porter (2; Paul Molitor)

04/20/2017 19:11:00 PM

HP Umpire Alan Porter ejected Twins Manager Paul Molitor (check swing strike three call) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Indians-Twins game. With two out and one on (R1), Twins batter Jason Castro attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 ...

Queue Theory & Petty Baseball - Streamlining Replay

04/20/2017 18:04:00 PM

Quick quiz: How can baseball improve its pace-of-play problem?Answer: Minimize superfluous Replay Review in the game by streamlining its review process.Plotting Replay Review exposes a new issue.Exhibit A: After Rays batter Kevin Kiermaier hit ...

Injury Scout - Larry Vanover Out, Joe West In for DET-TB

04/20/2017 14:02:00 PM

Injury Scout: Joe West replaced umpire Larry Vanover for Thursday's Tigers-Rays game in Tampa Bay. The media received word that Vanover's absence was due to a personal matter. The UEFL reports the information as a personnel transaction, and ...

MLB Ejection 008 - Larry Vanover (1; Kevin Cash)

04/19/2017 22:04:00 PM

HP Umpire Larry Vanover ejected Rays Manager Kevin Cash (check swing strike three call) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Tigers-Rays game. With none out and the bases loaded, Rays batter Steven Souza Jr. attempted to check his swing on ...

MLB Ejection 007 - Bill Welke (1; Jeff Banister)

04/19/2017 17:23:00 PM

HP Umpire Bill Welke ejected Rangers Manager Jeff Banister (foul ball call) in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Rangers-Athletics game. With none out and none on, A's batter Khris Davis hit a 2-2 changeup from Rangers pitcher Martin Perez ...

Bucknor's False Strikeout, Non-Ejection (Jayson Werth)

04/18/2017 23:17:00 PM

Nationals LF Jayson Werth charged at HP Umpire CB Bucknor after umpires reversed a strikeout call with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Nationals-Braves game during a chaotic sequence for Bucknor and fellow umpires led by Crew ...

Umpire Microphones May Arrive in MLB This Year

04/18/2017 13:42:00 PM

MLB umpires may soon wear microphones to explain Replay Review decisions and other complex rulings, according to AP sources familiar with the situation and speaking on condition of anonymity.Crew Chiefs could soon speak to the crowd.The move ...

MLB Ejection 006 - CB Bucknor (1; Scott Servais)

04/16/2017 17:43:00 PM

1B Umpire CB Bucknor ejected Mariners Manager Scott Servais (fair vs foul ball call) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Rangers-Mariners game. With two out and one on, Mariners batter Leonys Martin hit a 0-0 cutter from Rangers pitcher Tony ...

Phantom Tags - Not Obstruction in Pro Ball, OBS in HS

04/16/2017 15:02:00 PM

MLB's recent phantom tag phenomenon is a great time to review the obstruction rule, and what qualifies as obstruction at the professional level. (Hint: Phantom tags are generally not obstruction.)Most fake tags do not qualify as obstruction.However, ...

MLB Ejection 005 - Mike Everitt (1; Bud Black)

04/14/2017 23:43:00 PM

HP Umpire Mike Everitt ejected Rockies Manager Bud Black (balk no-call) in the top of the 5th inning of the Rockies-Giants game. With none out and one on, Rockies batter Trevor Story took a series of fastballs from Giants pitcher Jonny Cueto ...

Injury Scout - Dale Scott Removed on Stretcher After Foul

04/14/2017 21:40:00 PM

Dale Scott was carted off on a stretcher after a foul ball head injury sustained during Friday's Orioles-Blue Jays game in Toronto.With none out and none on in the top of the 8th inning, Orioles batter Mark Trumbo fouled a 95.4 miles-per-hour ...

Forgoing "Time" to Power Through Light Failure

04/14/2017 17:49:00 PM

A bank of lights failed just prior to a pitch during Wednesday's Braves-Marlins game, bringing baseball's rules concerning power outages and other emergency procedures to the forefront.Umpires wait out the light outage delay.With one out and ...

Case Play 2017-2 - Stealing an Extended Walk

04/11/2017 15:35:00 PM

A walk generally results in a one-base award to the batter and any forced runners, but what happens when a runner entitled to advance is tagged on the way into the next base while attempting to steal it? Even with the base? Past it?2B Umpire ...

MLB Ejection 004 - Alan Porter (1; Pete Mackanin)

04/10/2017 23:34:00 PM

HP Umpire Alan Porter ejected Phillies Manager Pete Mackanin (arguing warnings; Unsportsmanlike-NEC) in the top of the 8th inning of the Mets-Phillies game. With one out and none on, Mets batter Asdrubal Cabrera took a 0-0 fastball from Phillies ...

MLB Ejection 003 - Mike Muchlinski (1; Kiermaier)

04/09/2017 16:10:00 PM

HP Umpire Mike Muchlinski ejected Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier (strike three call) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Blue Jays-Rays game. With one out and one on (R1), Kiermaier took a 3-2 fastball from Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Loup for a called ...

Non-Ejection - Edwin Throws Bat Near Angel Hernandez

04/09/2017 12:01:00 PM

Edwin Encarnacion threw his bat and nearly hit HP Umpire Angel Hernandez after striking out care of a check swing call during Saturday's Indians-Diamondbacks game, which resulted not in ejection, but in Hernandez issuing an equipment violation. ...

Much About Second Base & Stolen Pickoff Positioning

04/08/2017 17:51:00 PM

An umpire's positioning on the bases—especially taking a runner into second for the out/safe swipe tag call on a stolen base attempt—often times helps dictate success in this realm of play calling. In the past, we've spoken extensively about ...

Force Play Slide Rule Makes First Appearance of 2017

04/07/2017 19:34:00 PM

Runner intent is a key component of MLB's bona fide slide interference rule, which made its first appearance of the 2017 season by way of Replay Review during Friday's Dodgers-Rockies game.The Play: With none out and two on (R1, R2) in the ...

Case Play 2017-1 - A Baseball Made of Velcro

04/07/2017 10:38:00 AM

Baseballs rarely stick to chest protectors, but for Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, that oddity became reality Thursday afternoon in St. Louis on a dropped third strike play, allowing Cubs batter Matt Szczur to reach first base after swinging ...

MLB Ejection 002 - David Rackley (1; Joc Pederson)

04/06/2017 18:06:00 PM

HP Umpire David Rackley ejected Dodgers CF Joc Pederson (strike call/throwing equipment) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Padres-Dodgers game. With two outs and two on, Pederson took a 1-0 and 1-1 pitches from Padres pitcher Brad Hand ...

MLB Ejection 001 - Ron Kulpa (1; Don Mattingly)

04/05/2017 23:53:00 PM

HP Umpire Ron Kulpa ejected Marlins Manager Don Mattingly (Unsportsmanlike-NEC: arguing ejection non-call) in the top of the 7th inning of the Marlins-Nationals game. With none out and none on, Marlins batter Derek Dietrich took a 0-0 fastball ...

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Pat Hoberg

04/05/2017 17:01:00 PM

Umpire Pat HobergPresenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Pat Hoberg.Name: Patrick HobergDate of Birth: September 11, 1986Place of Birth: Des Moines, IowaMiLB Leagues Worked: Arizona, Appalachian, Florida State, Texas, Pacific Coast.MLB Debut: ...

Not So Fast - Unique Time Play Plates Indians a Run

04/04/2017 12:10:00 PM

Cleveland scored a tying run against Texas on a unique sacrifice fly time play—a double play—in a key Opening Day situation that drew several questions from the Rangers as to its legality.Short Version: With one out and two on, batter flies ...

In Memorium - Remembering AL Ump Russell Goetz

04/03/2017 19:32:00 PM

A black "RG" patch adorned umpire sleeves in memory of former AL Umpire Russell Goetz, who passed away in his hometown of McKeesport, Pennsylvania on March 15, 2017, at the age of 86.Former AL Umpire Russ Goetz has died. He was 86.Russell "Russ" ...

Opening Day 2017 Discussion

04/02/2017 12:43:00 PM

We already have a controversial Replay Review decision in the top of the 1st inning of the Yankees-Rays game, so there's plenty to talk about—and we're less than an hour into the 2017 season.We will have replays and analysis of this and any ...

20 Fill-In Umpires Promoted Full-Time to The Show

04/01/2017 11:19:00 AM

Baseball announced a hiring spree of big league fill-in umpires today, who virtually have a combined 100 years of experience calling games—and that number could well be north of the million-games mark when factoring in their global officiating ...

No-Pitch Intentional Walk Rule Used for First Time

04/01/2017 03:15:00 AM

MLB doled out the first no-pitch intentional walk in Major League history during the annual pre-season Battle of the Bay Bridge Series in San Francisco.Melvin summons an intentional walk.With one out and runners at second and third base in the ...

Umpire Uniform History & Return of the Shoulder Rings

03/31/2017 11:09:00 AM

Umpires in San Francisco recently debuted a new uniform jacket with sky blue shoulder trim to match the inner collar area in the latest of a long line of umpire uniform advancements.Umpires in Suits = Dignified, Authoritative & Professional.Uniform ...

UEFL Prop Predictions - Start of 2017 Season

03/30/2017 14:56:00 PM

Fill in the blank: The 2017 regular season's first ejection will involve Umpire ____ and Manager ____.Lock in your predictions before Opening Day.Welcome to the UEFL's pre-season Prop Predictions, a chance to earn extra points in the UEFL standings. ...

Ejections - What and Wherefore? Standards for Removal

03/29/2017 17:19:00 PM

While searching for the baseball umpiring ejection classic, "Standards for Removal from the Game," I came to the stark realization that we have never really defined what an ejection actually is, or what conduct might necessitate one. Why do ...

2017 UEFL Draft Results

03/28/2017 18:44:00 PM

The standard 2017 UEFL draft is now complete and the results are as follows. Membership/roster information may be viewed via the 2017 standings page on the UEFL Portal.Joe West, once again, was the most selected.Crew Chief Draft: 17 of the 19 ...

Three-P Approach Instituted for Comment Moderation

03/28/2017 13:11:00 PM

The UEFL Commissioners' Office has instituted a Three-P approach for comment moderation and posting guidelines on the website for the 2017 UEFL season. In umpiring discipline shorthand, the Three-P approach includes unsporting comments that ...

Spring Ejection S-10 - Bill Miller (Robbie Ray)

03/27/2017 15:01:00 PM

HP Umpire Bill Miller ejected Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray (strike three call) in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Indians-Diamondbacks game. With two out and one on, Ray took a 1-2 fastball from Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer for a called ...

Presenting the 2017 UEFL Appeals Board

03/27/2017 12:41:00 PM

The 2017 UEFL Appeals Board roster is now final and features eight returning members and two new-comers.* Throughout the season, the Appeals Board will contribute to challenges, appeals, check swing rulings, and other matters referred to the ...

Mike Trout Advocates for MiLB Umpires

03/26/2017 12:40:00 PM

AL MVP Mike Trout is advocating for Minor League Umpires at Spring Training by trying to get them more big league experience during the baseball pre-season period.Mike Trout wants more March MiLB umpires.The Umpire's Friend?Trout has never been ...

Spring Ejection S-9 - Mike Cascioppo (Scioscia)

03/25/2017 21:09:00 PM

HP Umpire Mike Cascioppo ejected Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Manager Mike Scioscia (strike one call) in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Diamondbacks-Angels game. With two out and none on, Angels batter Cameron Maybin took a 1-0 pitch from ...

Ump Stat - Do Spring Ejections Predict Summer Action?

03/25/2017 17:45:00 PM

Do Spring Training ejections predict regular season umpire ejection activity? With eight nine (while I was writing this article, there was yet another ejection) 2017 Spring Training ejections heading into the pre-season's final week, we run ...

Spring Ejection S-8 - Mike Winters (Avisail Garcia)

03/24/2017 10:28:00 AM

HP Umpire Mike Winters ejected White Sox RF Avisail Garcia for (strike three call) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Reds-White Sox game. With one out and two on, Garcia took a 1-2 pitch from Reds pitcher Wendy Peralta for a called third ...

Spring Ejection S-7 - Angel Hernandez (Asdrubal Cabrera)

03/23/2017 14:36:00 PM

HP Umpire Angel Hernandez ejected Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera (time-not-granted call) in the top of the 4th inning of the Mets-Nationals game. With one out and none on, Cabrera requested "Time" during a 3-1 pitch from Nationals pitcher Erick Fedde, ...

WBC Game 2 Breaks Replay Review Record

03/22/2017 16:12:00 PM

After setting a new Replay Review record Monday, Tuesday's World Baseball Classic Championship Round game broke a different record—for most Replay Reviews in a nine-inning game—and it took just five innings to do it, conducting five reviews ...