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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 ...

Ejection S-6 - Jordan Baker (Haselman & The 1B Glove)

03/22/2017 10:18:00 AM

HP Umpire Jordan Baker ejected Dodgers Coach Bill Haselman over an illegal equipment/glove dispute in the top of the 3rd inning of the Brewers-Dodgers game. With one out and one on (R1) in the top of the 3rd inning of the Brewers-Dodgers game, ...

WBC Sets New Review Record in 1st Game of Full Replay

03/21/2017 12:57:00 PM

World Baseball Classic set a new Replay Review record for most video reviews over a two-inning span in just its first game of having full replay at its disposal, while tying an expanded Replay Review record for most reviews in a single contest.Lance ...

Spring Ejection S-5 - Ryan Blakney (Nick Franklin)

03/20/2017 10:08:00 AM

HP Umpire Ryan Blakney ejected Rays LF Nick Franklin for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Phillies-Rays game. With none out and one on (R1), Franklin took a 1-2 pitch from Phillies pitcher Cesar Ramos for a ...

Spring Ejection S-4 - Quinn Wolcott (Rick Renteria)

03/19/2017 15:47:00 PM

HP Umpire Quinn Wolcott ejected White Sox Manager Rick Renteria for arguing balls and strikes in the middle of the 3rd inning of the Dodgers-White Sox game. After striking out Dodgers batter Trayce Thompson to end the top of the 3rd inning, ...

Spring Ejection S-3 - Nick Mahrley (Matt Adams)

03/18/2017 19:31:00 PM

HP Umpire Nick Mahrley ejected Cardinals 1B Matt Adams for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Mets-Cardinals game. With none out and none on, Adams took a 1-2 pitch from Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman for a called ...

2017 UEFL Appeals Board Election, Candidate Statements

03/18/2017 16:54:00 PM

Cast your vote for the 2017 UEFL Appeals Board. Pursuant to UEFL Rule 6-4-a, the UEFL Appeals Board was established to adjudicate appeals of Quality of Correctness and Umpire Classification (Rule 6-1), to determine Check Swing QOCs (6-2-b-5-c) ...

WBC Ejection - Will Little (2; Andrew McCutchen)

03/18/2017 10:18:00 AM

World Baseball Classic HP Umpire Will Little ejected USA RF Andrew McCutchen for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 6th inning of the USA-Puerto Rico game. With none out and none on, McCutchen took a 1-2 pitch from Puerto Rico pitcher ...

Jen Pawol Promoted to Single-A New York-Penn League

03/17/2017 16:40:00 PM

Jen Pawol's quest to become the first female MLB umpire took another step in the right direction this offseason as Pawol received a promotion from 2016's Gulf Coast League (Rookie) to 2017's New York-Penn League (Short-A).The New York-Penn League ...

Spring Ejection - Tom Woodring (S1; Yasiel Puig)

03/16/2017 18:30:00 PM

HP Umpire Tom Woodring ejected Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig for arguing strike two and three calls in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Cubs-Dodgers game. With one out and none on, Puig took a 3-2 pitch from Cubs pitcher Jim Henderson for a called ...

2017 UEFL Draft Prospectus - Historical Summary

03/15/2017 17:22:00 PM

It's here: The 2017 UEFL Draft Prospectus is a historical review of umpires eligible for selection via the annual draft. This year's prospectus features updated information from the 2016 season.Click here to draft your umpires for the 2017 UEFL ...

WBC Ejection - Will Little (Tony Pena Sr)

03/14/2017 23:39:00 PM

World Baseball Classic HP Umpire Will Little ejected Dominican Republic Manager Tony Pena Sr for arguing a strike one call in the top of the 8th inning of the Dominican Republic-Puerto Rico game. With one out and none on, Dominican Republic ...

Injury Scout - Jeff Nelson Exits, Wolf Collides with Player

03/14/2017 18:00:00 PM

Jim Wolf collided with a player while plate umpire Jeff Nelson exited Tuesday's Spring Training action for an undisclosed reason.D-Backs 2B Leyba calls obstruction on WolfDuring the Rangers-Diamondbacks game at Talking Stick's Salt River Fields, ...

2017 International League Umpire Roster

03/14/2017 14:15:00 PM

The 2017 International League roster features the following umpires. The IL is the eastern Triple-A equivalent of the west's Pacific Coast League; The 2017 PCL roster is available at this link.The 2017 International League features eight Triple-A ...

WBC Ejection - Quinn Wolcott (Edgar Gonzalez)

03/13/2017 10:48:00 AM

World Baseball Classic HP Umpire Quinn Wolcott ejected Mexico Manager Edgar González for arguing a ball four call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Mexico-Venezuela game. With one out and one on (R1), Venezuela batter Ender Inciarte took ...

WBC Ejections - Tripp Gibson (Team Columbia x2)

03/12/2017 16:59:00 PM

World Baseball Classic HP Umpire Tripp Gibson ejected Team Columbia 1B Reynaldo Rodriguez and CF Tito Polo for arguing an out call/HP Collision violation no-call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Dominican Republic-Columbia game. With one ...

2017 Pacific Coast League Umpire Roster

03/11/2017 13:19:00 PM

The following umpires appear on the 2017 Pacific Coast League roster. PCL is one of two Triple-A leagues, the other being the International League, whose umpires have not yet been named.The 2017 PCL features six Triple-A rookies, and two transfers ...

Injury Scout - Dreckman Returns to Spring Ball

03/10/2017 17:23:00 PM

After missing the entire 2016 regular season, umpire Bruce Dreckman returned to Spring Training in Arizona, officiating Friday's Cubs-Mariners game in his first Major League game since entering the Disabled List ahead of 2016.In all, Dreckman's ...

Tmac's Teachable Moments - Observing Obstruction

03/10/2017 12:10:00 PM

A WBC obstruction no-call means it's time for another Tmac's Teachable Moment... I swear it feels like we just did one of these yesterday!Potential obstruction occurred in the WBC.Whenever you are on a baseball field it is important to know ...

WBC Ejection - DJ Reyburn (Sheng Hsiung Huang)

03/09/2017 14:57:00 PM

WBC Ejection: DJ Reyburn ejected Chinese Taipei P Sheng Hsiung Huang for throwing at Korea batter Dae-Ho Lee in the top of the 6th inning of the Korea-Taipei game. With one out and none on, Lee took a 2-2 pitch from Huang for a hit-by-pitch, ...

Tmac's Teachable Moments - Crucially Calling Time

03/09/2017 11:09:00 AM

Tmac's Teachable Moments looks at a confusing "Time" call at a crucial time in the 2017 WBC.Umpires Ted Barrett & Chikara Tsugawa.The Play: With none out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning of a tied pool play game between ...

WBC Replay Review - Blaser's Fan Interference

03/07/2017 11:29:00 AM

Replay Review upheld 3B Umpire Cory Blaser's fan interference call during Japan's WBC victory over Cuba on Tuesday as umpires Todd Tichenor, Fabrizio Fabrizi, Su-Won Choi and Blaser utilized local limited replay for the first time since the ...

2017 World Baseball Classic Umpire Roster

03/06/2017 20:27:00 PM

The 2017 World Baseball Classic umpire roster features an international selection of umpires split into six-person crews assigned to each pool (Marlins Park, for instance, may use additional personnel due to its proximity to Grapefruit League ...

Injury - David Rackley Leaves Twins-Nats Game

03/06/2017 10:38:00 AM

HP Umpire David Rackley left Sunday's Grapefruit League action after taking a foul ball off the facemask.With none out and none on in the top of the 8th inning of the Twins-Nationals game, Twins batter Daniel Palka fouled a fastball from Nationals ...

Injury Scout - Rob Drake Works 1st Game of Spring

03/03/2017 15:11:00 PM

Rob Drake returned to umpire Friday, March 3's Dodgers-Diamondbacks game after an absence extending from September 11, 2016 to March 2, 2017 (173 days, though most of this was offseason). Drake's last game officiated was the September 10 Br ...

2017 Rules Mods, Including IBB Change, Announced

03/02/2017 10:47:00 AM

MLB officially announced several rules changes, including a 30-second challenge time limit and no-pitch intentional walk. The following modifications were agreed upon by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, and will go into ...

Pitchless Intentional Walks May Begin This Week

02/28/2017 19:03:00 PM

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred hinted that pitchless intentional walks could start within the week, having discussed the still-unofficial free pass rules change ahead of Tuesday's Grapefruit League action.Manfred said IBB changes may begin sh ...

Spring Injury - Paul Emmel Clipped by Flying Bat

02/28/2017 14:13:00 PM

The first injury of Spring Training befell HP Umpire Paul Emmel in Florida's Grapefruit League, as the newly minted Crew Chief was struck by an errant bat on the final day of February.Emmel in 2016. Tuesday's game not televised.With one out ...

2017 Australian Baseball Championship Umpires

02/27/2017 18:30:00 PM

Umpires for the 2017 Australian Baseball League Championship Series watched Brisbane defeat Melbourne two games to none earlier this month, with the following officials selected work the ABLCS:Game 1 Assignment - Game 2 Assignment: Umpire Name.HP ...

Much Patience and Good Judgment - Reversing a Call

02/26/2017 12:10:00 PM

In officiating, patience and timing are key. In baseball, umpires are trained to fully process plays before issuing a judgment decision. Most of the time, patience and timing make an appearance during the play itself, but sometimes, the patience ...

Spring Training Ejection - Hunter Wendelstedt (Frias)

02/25/2017 13:18:00 PM

HP Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ejected Astros P Edison Frias for throwing at Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Astros-Tigers game. With none out and none on, Frias walked Tigers batter Juan Perez on four pitches, ...

First Play of the Spring - Overthrown Two Base Award

02/24/2017 16:48:00 PM

On this first day of Spring Training, we're already into the rulebook as an overthrow in Florida led to a Little League home run for Yankees batter Miguel Andujar.Though the teams pay no mind, the ump does.As baseball collectively shakes off ...

Four-Pitch Intentional Walk, Potential Flubs, Abolished

02/22/2017 11:16:00 AM

Baseball is saying goodbye to its four-pitch intentional walk—and antics of an intent ball gone wrong—in favor of pace-of-play-friendly dugout signals, according to several sources. Manfred previously stated "that there really won't be any ...

Phil Cuzzi Fulfills Promise to Late Friend Luongo

02/20/2017 11:52:00 AM

Phil Cuzzi's friendship with Belleville classmate Robert Luongo transcends baseball, reminding us of the brand of people that often gravitate toward the officiating vocation, as depicted in a NorthJersey.com article on Cuzzi.Cuzzi and Luongo ...

2017 MLB Spring Training Umpire Roster

02/16/2017 14:04:00 PM

MLB's umpire roster for Spring Training 2017 is now available. Comprised of 102 umpires, including 76 full-time MLB + 26 minor league invitees, this year's roster for Arizona's Cactus and Florida's Grapefruit Leagues contains seven more umpires ...

Proposed 30-Second Replay Time Limit Under Review

02/15/2017 11:16:00 AM

MLB's latest replay review proposal is a 30-second time limit for manager delay, or 'hold' strategy, that has been used by teams deciding whether or not to challenge an umpire's call since expanded replay made its 2014 debut. Similarly, a two-minute ...

2017 UEFL Registration, Draft, Appeals Board

02/13/2017 16:06:00 PM

Registration, draft, now open for the 2017 Umpire Ejection Fantasy League season.Links: Register & Draft Umpires for the 2017 UEFL | Subscribe to UEFL Digest E-mailsLink: Run for the 2017 UEFL Appeals Board (Nomination Form)Welcome to the 2017 ...

Umpire Calling Tendencies vs the Shrinking Zone

02/10/2017 15:33:00 PM

How do umpires currently call pitches at the bottom of the proposed shrinking strike zone? Statistics are more than plentiful, with a sample size of several thousand. Now that MLB's proposal to change the strike zone for the first time since ...

MiLB to Test Extra-Inning Run Scoring Procedure

02/09/2017 14:51:00 PM

First WBC and now MLB. Baseball will test an extra inning tie breaker mitigation strategy by forcing teams into a situation that should logically lead to more runs being scored during the sport's overtime period: start all extra frames with ...

2017 World Baseball Classic Rules Mods Released

02/09/2017 11:24:00 AM

New rules for the 2017 World Baseball Classic will take effect at the quadrennial tournament in March. In general, the WBC uses the same Official Baseball Rules employed by the Major Leagues, but the international tournament modified the following ...

MLB Considering Intentional Walk, Strike Zone Changes

02/08/2017 12:01:00 PM

MLB has proposed changing the strike zone and intentional walk procedures, according to a source. Major League Baseball's purported proposal to the players' union is an echo of concepts from years gone by, as baseball tried the same thing with ...

2017 Season MLB Umpire Crews - Pre-Season Edition

02/06/2017 11:39:00 AM

Here are the umpire crews for MLB's 2017 season, with 76 umpires on the staff spread over 19 umpiring crews. Visit the UEFL's Umpire Roster and Profiles page for a sortable list of all MLB and MiLB call-up umpires (which will be sortable by ...

Andrew Bell Injured, Spectator Wilson Fills in as Ump

01/30/2017 12:18:00 PM

ABL Umpire Andrew Bell was taken to hospital after a foul ball injury to his right forearm on Friday, and returned to work Sunday's game with only bruises to show for it.With none out in the top of the 4th inning of Friday's Blue Sox-Bite game, ...

ABL - Halligan Ejects Heat's Hughes for Punch

01/29/2017 13:16:00 PM

Australian Baseball League Umpire Blake Halligan ejected Heat 2B Luke Hughes for punching an opponent and player-manager Matt Kennelly for arguing Hughes' ejection.With two out and one on (R2), Heat batter Kennelly hit a ground ball to Bite ...

Tmac's Teachable Moments - Let's Fix Replay

01/19/2017 11:49:00 AM

Tmac's Teachable Moments presents a review of ways to fix instant replay.It's a new year and would you believe it's less than one month until pitchers and catchers report. If you're a baseball fan and if you're frequenting Close Call Sports, ...

Source - Jim Joyce Retires, Holbrook & Emmel Promoted

01/16/2017 14:42:00 PM

"Imperfect Game" umpire Jim Joyce has retired with crew chief promotions to Sam Holbrook and Paul Emmel, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. No official announcement has yet been made.In 2014, Joyce granted an interview to ...

ABL - Bell Ejects River Stevens for Obscene Bird

01/13/2017 13:37:00 PM

HP Umpire Andrew Bell ejected Cavalry 2B River Stevens for flipping off the crowd in Adelaide during his 2 RBI double in the top of the 6th inning of the ABL's Cavalry-Bite game. With two out and two on, Stevens hit a fastball from Bite pitcher ...

Minor League Umpires Receive New 5-Year CBA

01/12/2017 15:46:00 PM

Minor League Baseball Umpire Development reached agreement with the Association of Minor League Umpires on a five-year collective bargaining agreement that will ensure continuous labor peace through the 2021 MiLB season.Notable elements of the ...

2017 Hires Include Hamari, Hoberg, Morales & Torres

01/09/2017 11:09:00 AM

MLB hired umpires Adam Hamari, Pat Hoberg, Gabe Morales & Carlos Torres to the full-time staff, according to a source.* Since their respective MLB debuts as Triple-A call-up umpires, the foursome has a combined 1,364 games of big league experience ...

Harrelson's Ballad of Cowboy Joe West and The Hawk

01/07/2017 15:02:00 PM

Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Joe West have become the unlikeliest of friends, and the veteran White Sox broadcaster sat down with CSN Chicago and the White Sox Talk podcast to tell the tale of how a seemingly bitter feud from the days of Mark Buehrle ...

Truly Offseason - Joe West & the Caddyshack Yacht

01/05/2017 13:04:00 PM

In the spirit of the offseason, what do Joe West, Caddyshack, and Reel Deal Yachts have in common?Apparently, not much anymore. According to UPI, November's World Series brought umpire Joe West and Caddyshack actor Bill Murray together, where ...

Top 20 Ejections of 2016 - UEFL Year in Review

12/29/2016 11:45:00 AM

Presenting baseball's best ejections, this is the UEFL's Top 20 Ejections of 2016, a year in review. With assistance from voter input gathered during the 2016 year-end Awards Nomination process, we present the Top 20 Ejections of 2016.*Quality ...

ABL All-Star Game Umpires - Taka Leads Off

12/22/2016 15:20:00 PM

MiLB and veteran ABL umpire Takahito Matsuda served as All-Star Game crew chief in the Australian Baseball League's Summer (our Winter) Classic on Thursday, where he was joined by fellow ABL umpires Stewart Howe at first base, David Milton at ...

Non-Video ABL Ejections; Clark Ejected Twice

12/02/2016 14:26:00 PM

Melbourne's 11-inning victory in Game 1 of the Aces-Bite doubleheader wasn't televised, but featured two ejections, including one we would have especially liked to see. Adelaide also logged one ejection two games later, which we would really ...

2016 UEFL Rules Summit Ballot and Voting

11/18/2016 13:39:00 PM

Voting is now open for the 2016 UEFL Rules Summit, following our discussion phase.The following ballot includes a list of proposals for the 2017 UEFL Rules, including descriptions of each measure and the opportunity to cast a vote. Upon Commissioner ...

Former AL Umpire Mark Johnson Passes Away

11/14/2016 16:49:00 PM

20-year American League umpire Mark Stephen Johnson passed away on October 26, 2016 in Hawaii, reportedly as the result of a heart attack. He was 65 years old and would have turned 66 on Friday.Card for AL Umpire Mark JohnsonBorn on November ...

Arizona Fall League Experiments with Mud-less Baseball

11/13/2016 14:38:00 PM

Baseball used the 2016 Arizona Fall League to try out a new kind of baseball that doesn't require a pre-game mud-rub, which might come as a welcome sign for the progressively inclined, while signaling a departure from tradition for that which ...

2016 UEFL Rules Summit Discussion

11/12/2016 14:21:00 PM

The Umpire Ejection Fantasy League announces its 2016 Rules Summit, the annual forum for discussion of controversial issues which may have surfaced during the past season and to set forth a framework for rectifying these issues by amending the ...

2016 UEFL Final Standings and Perfect Crew

11/11/2016 19:05:00 PM

With our final award in the books, the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League announces final standings for the 2016 season. The "Perfect Score" this season was 105

2016 UEFL Final Standings and Perfect Crew

11/11/2016 19:05:00 PM

With our final award in the books, the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League announces final standings for the 2016 season. The "Perfect Score" this season was 105 while the "Worst Score Possible" was -59.Perfect Score and Worst Score are calculated ...

2016 UEFL Umpire of the Year - Chris Guccione

11/11/2016 13:11:00 PM

Chris Guccione is the UEFL's (Best) Umpire of the Year for 2016 [2015: Alfonso Marquez].Voting Results (Top 5): Guccione (15%), Hirschbeck (14%), Holbrook (8%), Kellogg/Wolf (7%).Chris Guccione wins the UEFL Umpire of the Year Award for 2016, ...

2016 UEFL Umpire of the Year - Chris Guccione

11/11/2016 13:11:00 PM

Chris Guccione is the UEFL's (Best) Umpire of the Year for 2016 [2015: Alfonso Marquez].Voting Results (Top 5): Guccione (15%), Hirschbeck (14%), Holbrook (8%), Kellogg/Wolf (7%).Chris Guccione wins the UEFL Umpire of the Year Award for 2016, ...

2016 Ejections of the Year - Joe West & Bob Davidson

11/10/2016 15:11:00 PM

Joe West & Bob Davidson had 2016's Best Ejections [2015: Bill Welke & Jim Reynolds].Voting Results (Top 4): West-159 (23%); Davidson-FAN (16%); Everitt-142|5 (13%); Gorman-006 (9%).Click here for West/Maddon & video.Joe West and Bob Davidson ...

2016 Ejections of the Year - Joe West & Bob Davidson

11/10/2016 15:11:00 PM

Joe West & Bob Davidson had 2016's Best Ejections [2015: Bill Welke & Jim Reynolds].Voting Results (Top 4): West-159 (23%); Davidson-FAN (16%); Everitt-142|5 (13%); Gorman-006 (9%).Click here for West/Maddon & video.Joe West and Bob Davidson ...

2016 Noteworthy Umpires - Sam Holbrook & Alan Porter

11/09/2016 19:05:00 PM

Sam Holbrook & Alan Porter are 2016's Noteworthy Umpires of the Year [2015: M Carlson & Porter].Voting (Top 5): Holbrook (12%), Porter (10%), Brian Knight/Paul Emmel (8%), Tripp Gibson (7%).Sam Holbrook and Alan Porter are the Umpire Ejection ...

2016 Noteworthy Umpires - Sam Holbrook & Alan Porter

11/09/2016 19:05:00 PM

Sam Holbrook & Alan Porter are 2016's Noteworthy Umpires of the Year [2015: M Carlson & Porter].Voting (Top 5): Holbrook (12%), Porter (10%), Brian Knight/Paul Emmel (8%), Tripp Gibson (7%).Sam Holbrook and Alan Porter are the Umpire Ejection ...

2016 Honorable Umpires - Rob Drake & John Hirschbeck

11/09/2016 12:01:00 PM

Rob Drake & John Hirschbeck are 2016's Honorable Umpires of the Year [2015: Hirschbeck & Dale Scott].Voting Results (Top 5): Drake (17%), Hirschbeck (15%), S Holbrook (8%), T Barrett (7%), J Kellogg (2%).Rob Drake and John Hirschbeck are the ...

2016 Honorable Umpires - Rob Drake & John Hirschbeck

11/09/2016 12:01:00 PM

Rob Drake & John Hirschbeck are 2016's Honorable Umpires of the Year [2015: Hirschbeck & Dale Scott].Voting Results (Top 5): Drake (17%), Hirschbeck (15%), S Holbrook (8%), T Barrett (7%), J Kellogg (2%).Rob Drake and John Hirschbeck are the ...

2016 UEFL Award for Best Crew Chief - Ted Barrett

11/08/2016 19:05:00 PM

Ted Barrett wins the UEFL's 2016 Crew Chief of the Year Award [2015 Winner: Gary Cederstrom].Voting Results (Top 3): Ted Barrett (23%), Joe West (13%), Tom Hallion (12%).Ted Barrett is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's 2016 Crew Chief of ...

2016 UEFL Award for Best Crew Chief - Ted Barrett

11/08/2016 19:05:00 PM

Ted Barrett wins the UEFL's 2016 Crew Chief of the Year Award [2015 Winner: Gary Cederstrom].Voting Results (Top 3): Ted Barrett (23%), Joe West (13%), Tom Hallion (12%).Ted Barrett is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's 2016 Crew Chief of ...

2016 UEFL Award for Fill-In Umpire - Adam Hamari

11/08/2016 12:01:00 PM

Adam Hamari wins the UEFL's 2016 Fill-In Umpire of the Year Award [2015 Winner: John Tumpane].Voting Results (Top 3): Adam Hamari (30%), Pat Hoberg (15%), Gabe Morales (12%).Adam Hamari is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's 2016 Fill-In Umpire ...

2016 UEFL Award for Fill-In Umpire - Adam Hamari

11/08/2016 12:01:00 PM

Adam Hamari wins the UEFL's 2016 Fill-In Umpire of the Year Award [2015 Winner: John Tumpane].Voting Results (Top 3): Adam Hamari (30%), Pat Hoberg (15%), Gabe Morales (12%).Adam Hamari is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's 2016 Fill-In Umpire ...

2016 UEFL Award for Most Improved - Angel Hernandez

11/07/2016 19:05:00 PM

Angel Hernandez wins the Most Improved Umpire Award for 2016. [2015 Winner: Angel Hernandez.]Voting Results (Top 3): Angel Hernandez (16%), Larry Vanover (15%), Phil Cuzzi/Marty Foster (6%).Angel Hernandez is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's ...

2016 UEFL Award for Most Improved - Angel Hernandez

11/07/2016 19:05:00 PM

Angel Hernandez wins the Most Improved Umpire Award for 2016. [2015 Winner: Angel Hernandez.]Voting Results (Top 3): Angel Hernandez (16%), Larry Vanover (15%), Phil Cuzzi/Marty Foster (6%).Angel Hernandez is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's ...

2016 UEFL Award for Worst Umpire - Vic Carapazza

11/07/2016 11:09:00 AM

The Umpire Ejection Fantasy League announces its postseason awards schedule, beginning with the Worst Umpire of the Year, below, and continuing with Most Improved Umpire, Fill-In, Crew Chief, Honorable, Noteworthy, Ejection(s) of the Year and ...

UEFL Year End Award Nominations for the 2016 Season

11/03/2016 10:08:00 AM

Award Nominations: The Umpire Ejection Fantasy League prepares to distribute its Postseason Awards to eligible umpires* who, during the past season, have demonstrated significant performances to fit the terms of one of these awards (UEFL Rule ...

Case Play 2016-12 - Sliding into an Opposing Bullpen

10/31/2016 12:33:00 PM

When Indians batter Rajai Davis hit a foul fly ball to Cleveland's right field bullpen, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward slid onto the warning track and around two uniformed Indians in an attempt to field the ball, which ultimately dropped untouched ...

Analyzing Strike Zone Analysis - Not So Easy or Simple

10/27/2016 16:03:00 PM

Warning: Strike zone analysis is not as easy or simple as it may appear. Today we take a look at the process of analyzing an umpire or collection of umpires' strike zones over the course of a series, season, or postseason.Analyzing the strike ...

Discussion and Live Blog of the 2016 World Series

10/25/2016 13:04:00 PM

Umpire discussion for the 2016 World Series (Cubs-Indians) is now open.

2016 World Series Umpires Features Retiring Hirschbeck

10/21/2016 02:01:00 AM

Here are the 2016 World Series umpires, with retiring umpire John Hirschbeck serving as Crew Chief. These postseason umpires will be listed by position as appearing in Game 1 of the World Series when the rotation is announced. Umpire crew rotation ...

Discussion of 2016 AL and NL Championship Series

10/14/2016 18:05:00 PM

Discussion for the postseason's American and National League Championship Series is now open.

2016 League Championship Series Umpires

10/14/2016 11:45:00 AM

MLB's 2016 AL and NL League Championship Series umpires are now available and posted here by umpire crew assignment. Where applicable, postseason umpires are listed by position as appearing in Game 1 of the series to which they are assigned. ...

Arizona Fall League Umpire Roster for 2016 AFL Season

10/12/2016 18:38:00 PM

The Arizona Fall League will be officiated by the following umpires from Minor League Baseball, as selected by the Umpire Development Program (formerly PBUC), and chosen from Triple-A's 2016 International (IL) and Pacific Coast League (PCL) ...

John Hirschbeck Retires After 34 Year MLB Career

10/12/2016 11:17:00 AM

Veteran umpire John Hirschbeck will retire, capping off his 34-year MLB career with a postseason run in 2016, his 14th such journey into October and first Division Series since officiating the 2013 Division and World Series. Hirschbeck's retirement ...

Postseason Ejection P-1 - Tom Hallion (2; Alex Wood)

10/11/2016 20:14:00 PM

HP Umpire Tom Hallion ejected Dodgers bench person Alex Wood for arguing a check swing (strike three; USC-NEC) call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Nationals-Dodgers game. With two out and none on, Dodgers batter Yasiel Puig attempted ...

Discussion of 2016 AL and NL Division Series

10/06/2016 13:10:00 PM

Discussion for the postseason's AL and NL Division Series is now open.

Manfred on CIN-STL Missed Call: Price Failed to Challenge

10/05/2016 22:56:00 PM

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Reds Manager Bryan Price opted not to challenge a game-ending missed call resulting in a Reds loss in St. Louis on September 29, noting (as we did in our analysis on the night of the incident) that Price failed ...

Discussion of 2016 AL and NL Wild Card Games

10/04/2016 18:05:00 PM

Discussion for the postseason's AL and NL Wild Card Games is now open.

2016 Wild Card Game and Division Series Umpires

10/03/2016 16:17:00 PM

MLB's 2016 Wild Card Game and Division Series umpires are now available and posted here by umpire crew assignment. Where applicable, postseason umpires are listed by position as appearing in Game 1 of the series to which they are assigned. Umpire ...

UEFL's MLB Umpire Sabermetrics - 2016 Regular Season

10/03/2016 12:02:00 PM

MLB Umpire Sabermetrics for the 2016 regular season featured 190 ejections and 1,468 Replay Reviews through 2,428 games played (two games were cancelled).An unusually raucous September featured 43 ejections, leading to 190 ejections, which is ...

MLB Umpire Bob Davidson Retires After 28 Year Career

10/02/2016 20:47:00 PM

MLB veteran umpire Bob Davidson is retiring after a 28-year Major League career spanning over 3900 games, according to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim press notes.Bob Davidson has retired.Davidson

MLB Ejection 190 - Will Little (5; Yoenis Cespedes)

10/01/2016 16:06:00 PM

HP Umpire Will Little ejected Mets LF Yoenis Cespedes for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 9th inning of the Mets-Phillies game. With two out and two on, Cespedes took a 0-2 splitter from Phillies pitcher Hector Neris for a called ...

MLB Ejection 189 - Will Little (4; Pete Mackanin)

10/01/2016 01:52:00 AM

1B Umpire Will Little ejected Phillies Manager Pete Mackanin for arguing a check swing (ball two) call in the top of the 8th inning of the Mets-Phillies game. With one out and two on, Mets batter Yoenis Cespedes attempted to check his swing ...

Anatomy of a Tie as Cubs-Pirates Game Ends in 1-1 Draw

09/30/2016 17:18:00 PM

Thursday's Cubs-Pirates game ended in a tie for the first time in MLB since 2005, when the Astros and Reds finished their game even at 2-2. Rules discussion: Is a tie ever an acceptable outcome in Major League Baseball?PNC Park's final game ...

The Price is Wrong as Reds Fail to Replay Walk-Off 2B

09/30/2016 01:46:00 AM

A Cardinals' walk-off double stood when Cincinnati failed to timely challenge the game-ending play in St. Louis.Diagram of Busch Stadium's left field wall.With two outs and a runner on first base in the bottom of the 9th inning of a tied ballgame ...

MLB Ejections 187-188 - Will Little (2-3; Davis, Showalter)

09/28/2016 01:14:00 AM

HP Umpire Will Little ejected Orioles 1B Chris Davis and Manager Buck Showalter for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 7th inning of the Orioles-Blue Jays game. With one out and one on, Davis took a 1-2 fastball from Blue Jays pitcher ...

MLB Ejections 183-186 - Todd Tichenor (5-8; NYY)

09/26/2016 19:27:00 PM

HP Umpire Todd Tichenor ejected Yankees Manager Joe Girardi for arguing warnings in the top of the 2nd, Yankees P Luis Severino and Bench Coach Rob Thomson for throwing at Blue Jays batter Justin Smoak, and Yankees Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild ...

WBC Ejections Q1-2 - Alberto Ruiz (1-2; Team GB)

09/26/2016 09:06:00 AM

HP Umpire Alberto Ruiz ejected Great Britain CF Champ Stuart and Manager Liam Carroll for arguing a strike two call in the top of the 7th inning of the Great Britain-Israel game (World Baseball Classic Qualifier: Final Game). With one out and ...

MLB Ejection 182 - Dan Iassogna (5; Cameron Maybin)

09/25/2016 17:06:00 PM

HP Umpire Dan Iassogna ejected Tigers CF Cameron Maybin for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Royals-Tigers game. With one out and two on, Maybin took a 0-2 fastball from Royals pitcher Wade Davis for a called ...