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 ...

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 ...