MLB Ejections 109-110 - Gerry Davis (1-2; Beltre, Banister)

07/27/2017 00:31:00 AM

2B Umpire Gerry Davis ejected Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre & Manager Jeff Banister (moving on-deck circle in defiance of order) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Marlins-Rangers game. With two out and the bases loaded, Rangers batter Nomar ...

MLB Ejection 108 - DJ Reyburn (3; Bruce Rondon)

07/26/2017 23:54:00 PM

HP Umpire DJ Reyburn ejected Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon (Throwing At Royals batter Mike Moustakas) in the top of the 9th inning of the Royals-Tigers game. With one out and one on (R1), Moustakas took two consecutive inside fastballs from Rondon, ...

MLB Ejection 107 - Chris Segal (2; Bryce Harper)

07/26/2017 23:39:00 PM

HP Umpire Chris Segal ejected Nationals RF Bryce Harper (strike one call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Brewers-Nationals game. With one out and two on, Harper took a 1-0 fastball from Brewers pitcher Josh Hader for a called first ...

Injury Scout - Hickox Out After Line Drive to Foot

07/26/2017 14:34:00 PM

Struck in the foot by a line drive while umpiring at second base, Ed Hickox was out of the lineup Wednesday in San Francisco.Ed Hickox calls umpire interference.With two out and two on (R2, R3) during Tuesday night's Pirates-Giants game, Giants ...

Double Switch Drama in LA and the Lineup Card Rule

07/26/2017 03:02:00 AM

HP Umpire Lance Barrett misheard Paul Molitor's double switch request, causing a substitution Rule 5.10 delay in LA during Tuesday night's Twins-Dodgers game—with an odd resolution that involved the umpires ordering a player on the bench back ...

MLB Ejection 106 - Lance Barksdale (1; Kris Bryant)

07/25/2017 15:26:00 PM

HP Umpire Lance Barksdale ejected Cubs 3B Kris Bryant (called third strike; QOCN) in the bottom of the 4th inning of the White Sox-Cubs game. With one out and one on (R2), Bryant took a 2-2 fastball from White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodón for a ...

MLB Ejections 104-5 - Chris Conroy (1-2; SF x2)

07/24/2017 22:27:00 PM

HP Umpire Chris Conroy ejected Giants Manager Bruce Bochy (ball two call; QOCY) in the top of the 2nd and Pitching Coach Dave Righetti (ball four call; QOCN) in the top of the 9th inning of the Pirates-Giants game. In the 2nd, ith two out and ...

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Carlos Torres

07/24/2017 00:44:00 AM

Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Carlos Torres.Name: Carlos Torres NuldisDate of Birth: September 14, 1978Place of Birth: Barquisimeto, Lara, VenezuelaMiLB Leagues Worked: Gulf Coast, New York-Penn, South Atlantic, Carolina, Southern, ...

MLB Ejection 103 - Phil Cuzzi (5; John Farrell)

07/22/2017 22:13:00 PM

HP Umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Red Sox Manager John Farrell (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 5th inning of the Red Sox-Angels game. With two out and none on, Red Sox batter Dustin Pedroia took a 1-2 fastball from Angels pitcher JC Ramirez ...

Injury Scout - Line Drive Hits Marvin Hudson at Hot Corner

07/21/2017 20:48:00 PM

Taking a line drive off the mid-section at third base, Marvin Hudson became the second field umpire in as many days to suffer the fate of meeting a batted ball's journey down the foul line.3B Umpire Marvin Hudson is hit by a ball.With none out ...

Umpire Appreciation Night Coming to MiLB Ballpark

07/20/2017 10:18:00 AM

Umpire Appreciation Night: Utopian officiating fantasy or 2017 reality? The Charleston RiverDogs Minor League Baseball team will bring the promotion to the ballpark on Saturday, July 22, complete with a limited edition umpire "bobble-wrist" ...

Batman Bellino and Officiating T-Shirt Traditions

07/19/2017 14:03:00 PM

Is Dan Bellino secretly Batman? Spotted wearing a Batman logo t-shirt underneath his black umpire uniform polo in Houston this week, Bellino's potential superhero allegiance adds another wrinkle to the age-old question of what to wear underneath ...

MLB Ejection 102 - Dan Bellino (1; Mel Stottlemyre)

07/19/2017 01:55:00 AM

HP Umpire Dan Bellino ejected Mariners Pitching Coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. (balls/strikes) in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the Mariners-Astros game. With one out and none on, Mariners batter Alex Bregman took a 3-1 fastball from Mariners pitcher ...

MLB Ejection 101 - Bill Welke (6; Kevin Cash)

07/19/2017 00:41:00 AM

HP Umpire Bill Welke ejected Rays Manager Kevin Cash (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 5th inning of the Rays-Athletics game. With none out and one on (R1), Rays batter Steven Souza Jr. took a 3-2 fastball from A's pitcher Chris Smith ...

MLB Ejections 099-100 - Mike Muchlinski (3-4; MIL x2)

07/18/2017 23:40:00 PM

HP Umpire Mike Muchlinski ejected Brewers 3B Travis Shaw and Manager Craig Counsell (strike three call; QOCN) in the top of the 8th inning of the Brewers-Pirates game. With none out and none on, Shaw took a 3-2 fastball from Pirates pitcher ...

MiLB Ejection - Ryan Additon (Yoan Moncada)

07/18/2017 19:01:00 PM

What are fill-in umpires up to when not working MLB games? Minor league ejections, naturally...Ryan Additon ejects Moncada for helmet toss.Though ejections are one of many aspects of umpiring that the fill-in class hones down on the farm, they ...

Case Play 2017-8 - Batter Interferes with Strike 3

07/18/2017 15:10:00 PM

Prior to ejection, Rays batter Tim Beckham tangled with A's catcher Bruce Maxwell during an uncaught third strike situation, resulting in Beckham's safe arrival at first base after Maxwell was unable to field the ball.Is Beckham's tripping an ...

MLB Ejection 098 - Lance Barrett (1; Tim Beckham)

07/17/2017 22:41:00 PM

HP Umpire Lance Barrett ejected Rays 2B Tim Beckham (strike three call) in the top of the 4th inning of the Rays-Athletics game. With one out and none on, Beckham took a 0-2 slider from A's pitcher Daniel Gossett for a called third strike. Replays ...

MLB Denies Boston's Protest, Interference No-Call Upheld

07/17/2017 20:23:00 PM

As predicted, MLB denied Boston's protest of an interference no-call during Saturday's Yankees-Red Sox game, according to Boston Manager John Farrell, who continued to state his belief that the protested play constituted interference—an argument ...

Injury Scout - Flying Bat Clips Chris Segal in Head

07/17/2017 19:31:00 PM

Josh Donaldson lost control of his bat, its flying barrel hitting the top of HP Umpire Chris Segal's mask/head.Christian Vazquez & Jordan Baker assist Segal.With one out and one on in the top of the 1st inning, Donaldson fouled off a pitch, ...

Montana's Brian Knight Inducted into Helena Hall of Fame

07/17/2017 10:08:00 AM

Montana native and MLB Umpire Brian Knight was inducted into the Helena Sports Hall of Fame during the All-Star Break, becoming the first big league umpire in the HSHOF.Brian Knight is inducted into Helena's HOF.Knight, nicknamed "BK," presently ...

MLB Ejection 097 - Tom Hallion (1; Rick Renteria)

07/15/2017 21:55:00 PM

HP Umpire Tom Hallion ejected White Sox Manager Rick Renteria (Base Award; QOCY) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Mariners-White Sox game. With one out and one on (R1), Mariners pitcher Steve Cishek attempted to pick off White Sox baserunner ...

Boston Files Protest Over Odd Interference No-Call

07/15/2017 20:28:00 PM

Boston filed a protest alleging interference by Yankees baserunner Matt Holliday as umpires determined no rule infraction occurred during a peculiar sequence Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.Is Holliday guilty of interference in Boston?The ...

MLB Ejection 096 - Jerry Layne (1; Clint Hurdle)

07/14/2017 21:17:00 PM

HP Umpire Jerry Layne ejected Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle ("Time" call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Cardinals-Pirates game.  With none out and two on (R1, R2), Pirates batter Adam Frazier hit 0-2 splitter from Cardinals pitcher ...

Injury Scout Update After AS Break - Two Umps Return

07/14/2017 20:22:00 PM

Two injured umpires have returned to play following the 2017 All-Star Break, while a third remains absent.2017 1st Half Injury Scout Review.Kerwin Danley (head): Having left the July 9 Royals-Dodgers game in the 2nd inning as the result of ...

Future MLB Umpire Hiring Outlook at the Break

07/14/2017 13:24:00 PM

As the season's second half gets under way, here's MLB Umpire Observer's hiring outlook and MiLB roundup. Observer's analysis follows each umpire listed, with Gil's Take listed below. Umpires are ranked by how many games they have worked in ...

UMPS Care Feature - Winters Crew Pre-Game

07/13/2017 17:20:00 PM

Here is one more umpire feature to get you through the remainder of the All-Star Break.Last month, ESPN joined Mike Winters' crew behind the scenes as they discussed their pre-game routine, and UMPS CARE Charities experience at a Children's ...

Angel Hernandez, MLB, and Discrimination (Part 2)

07/13/2017 13:11:00 PM

Our discrimination analysis of Angel Hernandez vs MLB  takes us beyond one umpire's race to religion, sex, color, and national origin—the protected classes of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC § 2000e-2).Disclosure: This is Part 2 of ...

Intentional Drop Rule Stars in Triple-A Midsummer Classic

07/12/2017 22:50:00 PM

Baseball's intentional drop rule, third-cousin of the infield fly, found its way into Triple-A's All-Star Game Wednesday night as the Pacific Coast League attempted to turn a crafty double play, only to have "Time" called instead.PCL Ump Cunha ...

Angel Hernandez, MLB, and Discrimination (Part 1)

07/12/2017 10:28:00 AM

With Angel Hernandez's MLB All-Star Game over, it's time to analyze his lawsuit against Major League Baseball. This lengthy discussion is split into two parts, the first of which touches on Hernandez' allegations of racial discrimination, while ...

Discussion of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game

07/11/2017 15:06:00 PM

Crew Chief/HP Umpire Joe West and All-Star Game umpires Angel Hernandez (1B), Mark Carlson (2B), Chris Conroy (3B), Manny Gonzalez (LF), and Mike Estabrook (RF) take the field in Miami with Replay Official Doug Eddings stationed at MLBAM he ...

Tell it to the Judge - No Ground Rule Prevents Derby HR

07/10/2017 20:57:00 PM

Thanks to Ground Rules of Marlins Park—or lack thereof—All-Star Aaron Judge's Home Run Derby nearly ended disastrously after he prematurely celebrated a Round One victory one home run too early, thanks to a batted ball hitting the stadium's ...

Standings Snapshot at the 2017 All-Star Break

07/10/2017 11:48:00 AM

Through 1,326 games at the All-Star Break, MLB has seen 95 ejections and 745 Replay Reviews.Key Stats, Umpire Ejection Category (51 QOCY + 29 QOCN + 15 QOCU = 95 Total; .638 Acc):Most EJ: Sam Holbrook (6); Bill Welke (5); Phil Cuzzi, Paul ...

MLB Ejection 095 - Brian O'Nora (1; Eugenio Suarez)

07/09/2017 17:19:00 PM

HP Umpire Brian O'Nora ejected Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 6th inning of the Reds-Diamondbacks game. With one out and one on (R2), Suarez took a 2-2 fastball from Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin for ...

Injury Scout - Another Kerwin Danley Head Shot in LA

07/09/2017 15:56:00 PM

Kerwin Danley left Sunday's Royals-Dodgers game in the 2nd inning after a foul ball head injury at Dodger Stadium. It is Danley's second significant game-ending head injury suffered as plate umpire in Los Angeles, including a 2008 episode that ...

MLB Ejections 093-94 - Sam Holbrook (5-6; COL x2)

07/09/2017 01:55:00 AM

HP Umpire Sam Holbrook ejected Rockies CF Charlie Blackmon and Manager Bud Black (strike three call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the White Sox-Rockies game. With one out and none on, Blackmon took a 3-2 cutter from White Sox pitcher ...

MLB Ejection 092 - Bill Miller (2; Lorenzo Cain)

07/08/2017 21:03:00 PM

HP Umpire Bill Miller ejected Royals CF Lorenzo Cain (strike three call) in the top of the 7th inning of the Royals-Dodgers game. With one out and the bases loaded, Cain took a 2-2 fastball from Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez for a called third ...

Dead Ball - Stroman's Start-Stop and Contested Time Call

07/08/2017 19:34:00 PM

Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman's odd delivery and HP Umpire Paul Nauert's "Time" call produced an argument from Stroman when he felt the umpire improperly called "Time" after Stroman had come set.Stroman questions Nauert's call.The Play: With ...

MLB Ejection 091 - Mike Everitt (2; Brian Snitker)

07/07/2017 21:24:00 PM

3B Umpire Mike Everitt ejected Braves Manager Brian Snitker (check swing ball two call) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Braves-Nationals game. With one out and two on (R1, R3), Nationals batter Matt Wieters attempted to check his swing ...

Dispelling the Fan Interference Ground Rule Double Myth

07/07/2017 12:36:00 PM

Let's clear up a myth: fan interference does not result in an automatic ground rule double call. By rule, the term "ground rule double" is reserved for a batted ball that goes out of play under one of the field-specific or Universal Ground Rules ...

MLB Ejection 090 - John Libka (1; Marwin Gonzalez)

07/06/2017 20:31:00 PM

HP Umpire John Libka ejected Astros 1B Marwin Gonzalez (strike two call) in the top of the 6th inning of the Astros-Blue Jays game. With none out and none on, Gonzalez took consecutive 1-0 and 1-1 pitches from Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Liriano ...

Case Play 2017-7 - When Base Awards Overlap

07/06/2017 15:11:00 PM

A live ball thrown out of play during a base-on-balls resulting in an award allowing two runners to score key extra inning runs is our latest Case Play 2017-7: When Base Awards Overlap.Still image of runners' spots at time of throw.The Play: ...

2017 MLB All-Star Game Umpires

07/06/2017 11:17:00 AM

The following umpires were selected to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game at Miami's Marlins Park:Joe West will call his 3rd All-Star Game.HP Umpire Joe West (crew chief): 3rd All-Star Game.1B Umpire Angel Hernandez: 3rd All-Star Game.2B Umpire Mark ...

MLB Ejection 089 - Doug Eddings (1; Yunel Escobar)

07/05/2017 22:22:00 PM

HP Umpire Doug Eddings ejected Angels 3B Yunel Escobar (strike two call) in the top of the 6th inning of the Angels-Twins game. With two out and none on, Escobar took a 2-2 fastball from Twins pitcher Erwin Santana for a called second strike. ...

Gil's Call - Best Practices and Avoiding Faulty Journalism

07/05/2017 14:36:00 PM

Today's Gil's Call is a discussion of accurate news reporting, in the wake of Deadspin's allegedly false Mitch Williams news reports that ultimately resulted in a $1.5 million award against MLB Network after the since-deleted pieces led ...

Mitch Williams Awarded $1.5M after MLB Network Firing Based on False Media Report

07/04/2017 17:44:00 PM

Mitch Williams, fired by MLB Network after Deadspin published an allegedly false report about an umpire ejection and argument during his son's Little League game, won a $1.5 million verdict against MLB Network Inc. in New Jersey state court ...

Angel Hernandez Sues MLB for Racial Discrimination

07/03/2017 19:53:00 PM

Umpire Angel Hernandez filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball alleging racial discrimination, seeking back pay and unspecified compensatory damages, according to a Complaint filed by Hernandez in United States District Court for the Southern ...

UEFL's MLB Umpire Sabermetrics - June 2017

07/03/2017 10:08:00 AM

June 2017's edition of UEFL's MLB Umpire Sabermetrics is now available and features 88 ejections and 669 Replay Reviews through 1,198 games played.Ejections and replays are both projected to decrease year-over-year, based on current rates.The ...

Replay Overturns Slide Rule Violation Call for 1st Time

07/02/2017 16:53:00 PM

Replay Review overturned an on-field bona fide slide rule interference call for the first time in MLB history Sunday, when Rangers Manager Jeff Banister successfully challenged 2B Umpire Gabe Morales' original call that baserunner Shin-Soo Choo ...

Unreviewable - Pushed Runner Play Again Sent to NY

07/02/2017 08:06:00 AM

First baseman Miguel Cabrera pushed baserunner Guillermo Heredia off of the first base bag on a challenged play ruled not reviewable by the New York Replay Operations Center.The Play: With one out and one on (R1) in the 9th inning of a tied ...

Past or Prior - Deciding When a Runner Has Passed a Base

07/01/2017 20:28:00 PM

Runner Brandon Belt was ruled out for failing to retouch a base based on the interpretation for passing a base, and specifically, the question of, "when is a runner said to have passed a base?"Belt runs past second base on his way to first.With ...

Assault - Joe West Hit in Head by Ball Thrown From Stands

07/01/2017 01:09:00 AM

Umpire Joe West was assaulted by a ball thrown from the Miller Park stands and into the back of West's head during Friday's Marlins-Brewers game, resulting in a multi-minute delay as Miller Park security attempted to locate the suspect and the ...

MLB Ejections 087-88 - Greg Gibson (2-3; LAD-SD)

06/30/2017 23:49:00 PM

HP Umpire Greg Gibson ejects Padres Manager Andy Green and Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts (Fighting; QOCU) at the end of the 1st inning of the Dodgers-Padres game. With none out and one on (R2) in the bottom of the 1st inning, after Padres batter ...

Umpire Chuck Meriwether Inducted into TN Hall of Fame

06/30/2017 16:02:00 PM

Happy Birthday to new Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame umpire Chuck Meriwether, inducted this month.Nashville native Meriwether is a TN Hall of Famer. MiLBJulius "Chuck" Edward Meriwether, born June 30, 1956, officiated his first Minor League game ...

Freeway Series Squads Clear Benches After Yunel's HBP

06/30/2017 09:47:00 AM

Los Angeles' Dodgers and Angels (of Anaheim) cleared the benches after a HBP to Yunel Escobar, with the Dodgers' broadcast wondering why Escobar would possibly be upset while the Angels' crew dug up a brief history between Escobar and Dodgers ...

MLB Ejection 086 - David Rackley (2; Dusty Baker)

06/30/2017 01:55:00 AM

1B Umpire David Rackley ejected Nationals Manager Dusty Baker (foul ball no-call by HP Umpire Chad Fairchild; QOCN) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Cubs-Nationals game. With none out and none on, Nationals batter Ryan Raburn attempted ...

MLB Ejection 085 - Fieldin Culbreth (3; Bryan Price)

06/29/2017 20:16:00 PM

HP Umpire Fieldin Culbreth ejected Reds Manager Bryan Price (Replay Review, confirmed stadium boundary call; QOCY) in the top of the 3rd inning of the Brewers-Reds game. With two out and one on (R1), Brewers batter Jesus Aguilar hit a 0-0 fastball ...

MLB Ejections 083-84 - DJ Reyburn (1-2; Mathis, Lovullo)

06/29/2017 01:56:00 AM

HP Umpire DJ Reyburn ejected Diamondbacks C Jeff Mathis and Manager Torey Lovullo (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Cardinals-Diamondbacks game. With two out and one on (R3), Mathis took a 1-2 sinker from Cardinals ...

MLB Ejections 081-82 - Wendelstedt (2-3; Renteria, Petricka)

06/29/2017 01:51:00 AM

HP Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ejected White Sox Manager Rick Renteria (ball one call; QOCN) and pitcher Jake Petricka (balls/strikes; QOCY) in the top of the 6th inning of the Yankees-White Sox game. With two out and one on (R2), Yankees batter ...

MLB Umpire John Tumpane Saves Suicidal Woman's Life

06/28/2017 21:08:00 PM

MLB Umpire John Tumpane quite possibly saved a suicidal woman's life outside of PNC Park on Wednesday, hours before a scheduled plate assignment for the evening's Pirates game.Umpire John Tumpane. MLB.As Tumpane finished up his midday run and ...

NCAA CWS - Force Play Slide Rule Negates LSU Run

06/28/2017 01:51:00 AM

2B Umpire Steve Mattingly's interference double play call negated an LSU run during the NCAA College World Series' decisive game Tuesday night, as Mattingly ruled LSU baserunner Jake Slaughter—and his teammate, batter Michael Papierski—out ...

Tmac's Teachable Moments - Staying with the Catch

06/27/2017 10:18:00 AM

We're staying with the catch for today's umpire edition of Tmac's Teachable Moments.Umpires like to use the phrase that we have two ears and one mouth for a reason. We also have two eyes, and those come in very handy when it comes to adjudicating ...

Carter Capps Throws Illegal Pitch, Ejected After Hitting Ump

06/26/2017 15:11:00 PM

Carter Capps, called for an illegal pitch by 1B Umpire Brett Terry, who ejected Capps' Manager Rod Barajas in an application of professional baseball's new pitchers' rubber restriction rule, himself was ejected by HP Umpire JJ January after ...

Review Blooper - Getting it Right to Get it Wrong

06/26/2017 11:16:00 AM

Replay Review, Crew Chief Angel Hernandez, an umpire-style blooper, incorrect TV commercial timing, and seemingly incorrect call (post-replay): a perfect storm of curiosities that came together to deliver an odd sequence in Seattle on Sunday.Servais ...

MLB Ejection 080 - John Tumpane (3; Peter Moylan)

06/25/2017 20:43:00 PM

HP Umpire John Tumpane ejected Royals pitcher Peter Moylan (balls/strikes) in the top of the 6th inning of the Blue Jays-Royals game. With none out and the bases loaded, Blue Jays batter Josh Donaldson hit a 1-0 sinker from Moylan into right ...

MLB Ejection 079 - Bill Miller (1; John Farrell)

06/25/2017 01:31:00 AM

3B Umpire Bill Miller ejected Red Sox Manager John Farrell (balk call) in the top of the 7th inning of the Angels-Red Sox game. With one out and one on (R3), U3 Miller called Red Sox pitcher Fernando Abad for a balk as Angels batter Kole Calhoun ...

MLB Ejection 077-78 - Sam Holbrook (3-4; Frazier, Renteria)

06/24/2017 20:51:00 PM

1B Umpire Sam Holbrook ejected White Sox 3B Todd Frazier and Manager Rick Renteria (Replay Review; QOCY) in the top of the 7th inning of the Athletics-White Sox game. With none out and none on, A's batter Adam Rosales hit a 2-0 fastball from ...

MLB Ejection 076 - Jerry Meals (1; Nick Franklin)

06/24/2017 20:29:00 PM

2B Umpire Jerry Meals ejected Brewers LF Nick Franklin (Replay Review time limit; QOCU) in the top of the 1st inning of the Brewers-Braves game. With one out and one on, Braves pitcher RA Dickey attempted to pick off Brewers baserunner R1 Keon ...

MLB Ejection 075 - Jordan Baker (3; Brad Ausmus)

06/24/2017 00:02:00 AM

1B Umpire Jordan Baker ejected Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus (check swing strike three call) in the top of the 8th inning of the Tigers-Padres game. With none out and one on (R2), Tigers batter Ian Kinsler attempted to check his swing on a 0-2 ...

MLB Ejection 073-074 - Jim Wolf (1-2; Anderson, Renteria)

06/23/2017 22:15:00 PM

HP Umpire Jim Wolf ejected White Sox SS Tim Anderson and Manager Rick Renteria (fair ball call) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Athletics-White Sox game. With one out and none on, batter Anderson hit a 1-1 slider from A's pitcher Jharel ...

Obstruction 1 or A vs 2 or B - The Difference is Crucial

06/23/2017 10:08:00 AM

Obstruction quiz: As runner Robinson Chirinos tries to evade a rundown, fielder Troy Tulowitzki—without the ball and not in the process of receiving the ball—stands in Chirinos' way back to third base and, in doing so, obstructs Chirinos. ...

Rizzo and the Runner's Home Plate Collision Rule

06/20/2017 17:17:00 PM

Did Cubs baserunner Anthony Rizzo's collision with Padres catcher Austin Hedges at home plate violate Rule 6.01(i), designed to prevent the frequency of such avoidable contact?The Play: With one out and one on (R3), Cubs batter Kris Bryant hit ...

Umpire Joe West Officiates 5,000th Regular Season Game

06/20/2017 10:22:00 AM

Blue Cowboy and MLB Umpire Joe West officiates his 5,000th game in regular season action, a Diamondbacks-Rockies affair in Colorado on June 20, 2017, over 40 years removed from West's first taste of the big leagues during an Astros-Braves d ...

MLB Ejection 072 - Carlos Torres (4; Christian Colon)

06/19/2017 21:00:00 PM

HP Umpire Carlos Torres ejected Marlins PH Christian Colon (strike three call) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Nationals-Marlins game. With two out and none on, Colon took a 2-2 sinker from Nationals pitcher Oliver Perez for a called ...

MiLB - Toby Basner Ejects Ranting Rojas Late in Toledo

06/19/2017 14:12:00 PM

In his native Triple-A, MLB call-up umpire Toby Basner ejected Toledo Mud Hens Manager Mike Rojas over a balls/strikes dispute late in the Bulls-Mud Hens game. With two out and none on in the top of the 9th inning, Bulls batter Casey Gillaspie ...

MLB Ejection 071 - Greg Gibson (1; Yuli Gurriel)

06/19/2017 01:55:00 AM

HP Umpire Greg Gibson ejected Astros 1B Yuli Gurriel (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Red Sox-Astros game. With two out and two on (R1, R2), Gurriel took a 2-2 fastball from Red Sox pitcher Robby Scott for a called ...

MLB Ejection 070 - Joe West (1; Jeff Banister)

06/18/2017 18:12:00 PM

3B Umpire Joe West ejected Rangers Manager Jeff Banister (HBP call by HP Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt; QOCY) in the top of the 2nd inning of the Mariners-Rangers game. With one out and none on, Mariners batter Tyler Smith took a 2-1 fastball from ...

MLB Ejection 069 - Chris Segal (1; Brian Snitker)

06/18/2017 17:39:00 PM

HP Umpire Chris Segal ejected Braves Manager Brian Snitker (strike three call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Marlins-Braves game. With two out and one on, Braves batter Matt Adams took a 1-2 changeup from Marlins pitcher Jose ...

Case Play 2017-6 - Thrown Ball Hits Backswing

06/18/2017 12:52:00 PM

A catcher's attempt to throw out a stealing runner hit the batter's bat on the backswing, resulting in an odd situation and our latest Case Play: Thrown Ball Hits Backswing.Catcher's throw hits the batter's bat.The Play: With one out and two ...

MLB Ejection 068 - Stu Scheurwater (2; Bryan Price)

06/17/2017 16:47:00 PM

HP Umpire Stu Scheurwater ejected Reds Manager Bryan Price (strike three call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the Dodgers-Reds game. With two out and two on, Reds batter Billy Hamilton took a 3-2 cutter from Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin ...

MLB Ejection 067 - Gary Cederstrom (1; Bruce Bochy)

06/17/2017 01:55:00 AM

HP Umpire Gary Cederstrom ejected Giants Manager Bruce Bochy (ball four call) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Giants-Rockies game. With none out and none on, Rockies batter DJ LeMahieu took a 3-2 slider from Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija ...

MLB Ejection 066 - Jeff Kellogg (1; Joe Madon)

06/17/2017 00:13:00 AM

3B Umpire Jeff Kellogg ejected Cubs Manager Joe Maddon (Replay Review; HR/Foul call by 1B Umpire Clint Fagan) in the top of the 1st inning of the Cubs-Pirates game. With none out and none on, Cubs batter Anthony Rizzo hit a 2-2 fastball from ...

Doug Harvey Set for CAL League Hall of Fame Induction

06/16/2017 17:48:00 PM

Class-A's California League (Single-A) named Doug "God" Harvey to its 2017 Hall of Fame class, alongside former Major Leaguers Dave Duncan, Mike Piazza, Kirby Puckett, and manager Tony La Russa. Harvey's induction into the California League's ...

Catcher Tiff Clears Benches in Rockies-Pirates Game

06/15/2017 18:04:00 PM

Benches emptied in Pittsburgh after Francisco Cervelli's HBP and spat with Rockies catcher Tony Wolters.With none out and Andrew McCutchen aboard at first base in the bottom of the 5th inning of Wednesday's Rockies-Pirates game, Cervelli took ...

MLB Ejections 064-65 - Paul Emmel (3-4; Garcia, Renteria)

06/15/2017 15:34:00 PM

1B Umpire Paul Emmel ejected White Sox RF Avisail Garcia and Manager Rick Renteria (check swing strike three call) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Orioles-White Sox game. With one out and none on, Garcia attempted to check his swing on ...

Rare Real-Time Appeal Retires Runner over Retouch Rule

06/15/2017 11:57:00 AM

Rules lesson: If your idea of an appeal starts with the pitcher on the mound, you're doing it wrong and opening up a can of worms known as "losing the chance to appeal." Furthermore, a team that waits for the standard pitcher-to-base appeal ...

UEFL Invokes Injury Rule for Owners of Ump Scott

06/14/2017 21:46:00 PM

It is now two months since umpire Dale Scott suffered a game-ending foul ball head injury in Toronto, and he has not returned to the Major League field since. With no further status update from the League, we continue to wish him the best. His ...

NCAA Rule - Reversing a Catch Call's Runner Placement

06/13/2017 10:18:00 AM

NCAA's "Getting the Call Right" rule regarding runner placement on a reversed no catch call may have incidentally put the offensive team at a disadvantage during the Gainesville Super Regional, as a Florida baserunner was forced to return to ...

NCAA Super Regional - Play at the Plate Obstruction?

06/12/2017 13:43:00 PM

A home plate obstruction no-call during the Florida-Wake Forest NCAA Super Regional's Game 2 action on Monday plagued Wake Forest as baserunner Keegan Maronpot was thrown out attempting to score to end the bottom of the 5th inning of what was, ...

MLB Ejection 063 - Marvin Hudson (1; Carlos Gonzalez)

06/11/2017 17:22:00 PM

HP Umpire Marvin Hudson ejected Rockies RF Carlos Gonzalez (strike three call) in the top of the 5th inning of the Rockies-Cubs game. With none out and the bases loaded, Gonzalez took a 1-2 sinker from Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta for a called ...

MLB Ejection 062 - Phil Cuzzi (4; Matt Kemp)

06/10/2017 20:26:00 PM

HP Umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Braves LF Matt Kemp (strike two call) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Mets-Braves game. With two out and one on (R1), Kemp took consecutive 3-0 and 3-1 pitches from Mets pitcher Neil Ramirez for called strikes ...

Regional Roundup - Runner, Declined Catcher Interference

06/10/2017 19:22:00 PM

Friday's college baseball action featured a runner's and declined catcher's interference call as the NCAA Super Regional round saw its fair share of illegal hinderance in College Station and Louisville. The two plays illustrate that not all ...

Major League Debut of Umpire Shane Livensparger (43)

06/10/2017 12:50:00 PM

Umpire Shane Livensparger makes his MLB debut during Saturday's Athletics-Rays game in Tampa Bay, joining Jeff Nelson's crew for two games of the OAK-TB doubleheader, serving as first base umpire alongside HP Umpire Laz Diaz, 2B Umpire Cory ...

Tmac's Teachable Moments - Picking Up a Crew Mate

06/09/2017 17:32:00 PM

Friday's Tmac's Teachable Moment concerns filling in for a crew mate to avoid an uncovered play.Sometimes when you take a baseball field at any level, a partner makes a positioning mistake. Now here's the question: Are you the kind of person ...

2017 Instant Replay - Status Report at Review No. 500

06/08/2017 18:04:00 PM

500 Replay Reviews into the 2017 regular season, here is a status report of how baseball's video review system has fared this year, including a list of Replay Reviews which Assistant Commissioner tmac has identified as erroneous in outcome ...

MLB Ejection 061 - Dan Iassogna (1; Danny Valencia)

06/08/2017 12:10:00 PM

HP Umpire Dan Iassogna ejected Mariners 1B Danny Valencia (strike two call) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Twins-Mariners game.* With two out and none on, Valencia took a 1-1 curveball from Twins pitcher Taylor Rogers for a called second ...

Time Limit Trouble - Replay Review from 0-to-30 Seconds

06/08/2017 10:08:00 AM

Umpires are getting better at enforcing Replay Review's new 30-second Manager's Challenge time limit, which has resulted in a minor managerial rebellion as evidenced by Joe Girardi's press conference remarks asking for a meeting with MLB Replay ...

Benches Clear in LA After Puig's Game-Ending Strikeout

06/07/2017 00:43:00 AM

After Yasiel Puig struck out to end Tuesday's game, benches cleared in Los Angeles as Puig appeared to take exception to the manner in which winning Washington celebrated the club's victory.Benches clear in "Loss Angeles."With two out and one ...

Charity - Joe West Crew's Nomination of Honorary Umpire Knepper Just One of Many Charitable MLBU Endeavors

06/06/2017 09:07:00 AM

Joe West's crew naming Kyle Knepper an honorary umpire in St. Louis is one of many instances of charity amongst the Major League men in black and blue.West's crew poses with honorary ump Kyle.Knepper, an aspiring umpire since a young age, lost ...

God Bless America Extends Replay Challenge Time Limit

06/05/2017 14:30:00 PM

The singing of God Bless America allowed Clint Hurdle to bypass MLB's 30-second Replay Review time limit during Sunday's Pirates-Mets game in New York, thanks to the patriotic tradition of standing at attention during the song's playing.God ...