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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 ...

MLB Ejections 180-181 - Jordan Baker (2-3; Cole, S-Rod)

09/25/2016 14:56:00 PM

HP Umpire Jordan Baker ejected Nationals P AJ Cole for throwing at Pirates batter Jung Ho Kang and Pirates 1B Sean Rodriguez for fighting in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Nationals-Pirates game. With two out and none on, Kang took a 0-0 ...

Injury - Jerry Layne Hit in Mask, Leaves Game

09/25/2016 14:13:00 PM

Jerry Layne left his game Sunday after being hit in the mask by a foul ball, marking the umpire's second game-ending head injury in less than one month's time and third overall in 2016.With two out in the top of the 1st inning of Sunday's M ...

Atlantic Series Features Phone Call, Protest, Meltdown

09/24/2016 11:43:00 AM

From a manager and umpire talking on a cell phone during a game to coach tantrums, the Atlantic League playoff series between the York Revolution and Sugar Land Skeeters has to be seen to be believed.We begin with Game 2 of the Best-of-Five ...

MLB Ejections 178-179 - Adam Hamari (3-4; Kemp, Snitker)

09/23/2016 20:02:00 PM

HP Umpire Adam Hamari ejected Braves LF Matt Kemp and Interim Manager Brian Snitker for arguing a strike two call in the top of the 3rd inning of the Braves-Marlins game. With two out and the bases loaded, Braves batter Nick Markakis took a ...

2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifier Umps - Brooklyn

09/23/2016 14:30:00 PM

Umpires for the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifier (Brooklyn Stage) convened in Brooklyn, New York, USA and officiated the final round of qualifying games for the upcoming 2017 WBC, featuring teams from Brazil, Great Britain, Israel, and ...

MLB Ejections 176-177 - Alfonso Marquez (1-2; COL)

09/23/2016 00:31:00 AM

HP Umpire Alfonso Marquez ejected Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado for arguing a called third strike in the top of the 8th inning of the Rockies-Dodgers game. With none out and one on, Arenado took a 3-2 slider from Dodgers pitcher Joe Blanton for a ...

MLB Ejection 175 - Jerry Layne (2; Craig Counsell)

09/22/2016 01:11:00 AM

HP Umpire Jerry Layne ejected Brewers Manager Craig Counsell for arguing a foul ball call in the top of the 4th inning of the Pirates-Brewers game. With two out and none on, Pirates batter Adam Frazier attempted to strike a 0-2 slider from Brewers ...

Athletics, Melvin File Ill-Fated Protest Over Replay

09/21/2016 18:39:00 PM

Oakland Athletics Manager Bob Melvin protested Tuesday's game over an overturned Replay Review ruling, as the result of an A's challenge, that essentially swapped baserunners at first base.With none out and a runner on first in the top of the ...

MLB Ejection 174 - Marty Foster (3; Danny Valencia)

09/21/2016 00:09:00 AM

HP Umpire Marty Foster ejected Athletics 3B Danny Valencia for arguing a strike two call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Astros-Athletics game. With two out and none on, Valencia took a 3-1 fastball from Astros pitcher Chris Devenski ...

MLB Ejections 172-173 - Pat Hoberg (6-7; LAA)

09/20/2016 22:46:00 PM

HP Umpire Pat Hoberg ejected Angels P Brett Oberholtzer and Manager Mike Scioscia for throwing at Rangers batter Elvis Andrus in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Angels-Rangers game. With one out and none on, Andrus took a 1-2 fastball for ...

Cause You're Stuck in the Wall - Batted Ball Out of Play

09/20/2016 12:59:00 PM

When Replay Review overturned Joe West's ruling of a ball in play, Jeff Banister's ejection seemed a fairly expected outcome: it was a potentially game-altering sequence, after all.This is a rules recap of the ball-in-a-wall play, like the one ...

MLB Ejection 171 - Chris Conroy (2; Josh Donaldson)

09/20/2016 00:14:00 AM

HP Umpire Chris Conroy ejected Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 7th inning of the Blue Jays-Mariners game. With none out and one on, Donaldson took a 2-2 fastball from Mariners pitcher Drew Storen ...

MLB Ejections 169-170 - Danley, West (1|6; TEX)

09/19/2016 23:45:00 PM

HP Umpire Kerwin Danley ejected Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 4th and 2B Umpire Joe West ejected Rangers Manager Jeff Banister for arguing a Replay Review decision that overturned West's in play ...

MLB Ejections 167-168 - Toby Basner (3-4; Escobar, Yost)

09/19/2016 16:16:00 PM

HP Umpire Toby Basner ejected Royals SS Alcides Escobar and Manager Ned Yost for arguing a strike two call in the bottom of the 5th inning of the White Sox-Royals game. With two out and none on, Escobar took a 3-1 fastball from Royals pitcher ...

MLB Ejection 166 - Ryan Blakney (2; Joc Pederson)

09/18/2016 18:32:00 PM

HP Umpire Ryan Blakney ejected Dodgers CF Joc Pederson for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 8th inning of the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game. With none out and one on, Pederson took a 2-2 fastball from Diamondbacks pitcher Enrique Burgos ...

MLB Ejection 165 - Jordan Baker (1; Ian Kinsler)

09/18/2016 18:12:00 PM

HP Umpire Jordan Baker ejected Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler for Unsportsmanlike-NEC in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Tigers-Indians game. With two out and one on, Indians batter Mike Napoli hit a 2-2 fastball from Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris ...

Injury - Brian O'Nora Out on Hit to Facemask

09/18/2016 16:26:00 PM

Umpire Brian O'Nora, struck in the mask by a Hunter Pence foul ball, exited Sunday's Cardinals-Giants game.With none out in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes threw a 95-mph fastball that Giants batter Pence fouled off ...

MLB Ejection 164 - Dale Scott (8; Martin Prado)

09/18/2016 13:51:00 PM

HP Umpire Dale Scott ejected Marlins 3B Martin Prado for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 3rd inning of the Marlins-Phillies game. With two out and one on, Prado took a 0-2 curveball from Phillies pitcher Alec Asher for a called ...

MLB Ejection 163 - Gerry Davis (2; Bryan Price)

09/17/2016 01:53:00 AM

HP Umpire Gerry Davis ejected Reds Manager Bryan Price for arguing a Replay Review decision that confirmed Davis' bona fide slide and home plate collision violation no-calls in the top of the 10th inning of the Pirates-Reds game. With none out ...

MLB Ejection 162 - Marvin Hudson (3; Jose Ramirez)

09/14/2016 23:19:00 PM

HP Umpire Marvin Hudson ejected Braves pitcher Jose Ramirez for throwing at Marlins batter Jose Fernandez in the top of the 7th inning of the Marlins-Braves game. With one out and none on, Fernandez took a first-pitch 94.6-mph fastball inside ...

Case Play 2016-11 - Time to Pass a Runner

09/14/2016 19:37:00 PM

Runner passing occurs when a trailing baserunner passes a preceding one. Time to Pass a Runner is our 11th Case Play of the 2016 season and, like Case Play 2016-10, concerns a Replay Review decision flagged for discussion by tmac.Diagram of ...

MLB Ejection 161 - Ramon De Jesus (1; Tim Wallach)

09/13/2016 21:46:00 PM

HP Umpire Ramon De Jesus ejected Marlins Bench Coach Tim Wallach for arguing a ball four call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Marlins-Braves game. With two out and two on (R1, R3), Braves batter Tyler Flowers took a 3-2 slider from Marlins ...

MLB Ejection 160 - Alan Porter (4; Clint Hurdle)

09/13/2016 20:32:00 PM

1B Umpire Alan Porter ejected Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle for arguing an interference no-call in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Pirates-Phillies game. With none out and two on (R1, R3), Phillies batter Ryan Howard hit a 0-0 fastball from ...

MLB Ejection 159 - Joe West (5; Joe Maddon)

09/12/2016 22:32:00 PM

HP Umpire Joe West ejected Cubs Manager Joe Maddon for arguing pace-of-play procedure enforcement (Unsportsmanlike-NEC) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Cubs-Cardinals game. With none out and none on, Cardinals batter Jeremy Hazelbaker ...

Rob Drake On Bereavement After Wife Yvonnka Dies

09/12/2016 19:14:00 PM

Umpire Rob Drake is on bereavement after wife Yvonnka's sudden death in Arizona

MLB Ejection 158 - Jim Joyce (2; John Gibbons)

09/11/2016 18:51:00 PM

1B Umpire Jim Joyce ejected Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons for arguing a Replay Review decision that affirmed Joyce's foul ball call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Red Sox-Blue Jays game. With one out and one on, Blue Jays batter Russell ...

MLB Ejection 157 - Pat Hoberg (5; Gregory Polanco)

09/11/2016 14:18:00 PM

HP Umpire Pat Hoberg ejected Pirates LF Gregory Polanco for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Reds-Pirates game. With two out and two on, Polanco took a 2-2 sinker from Reds pitcher Brandon Finnegan for a called ...

MLB Ejection 156 - Mike Winters (4; Mike Scioscia)

09/11/2016 01:37:00 AM

HP Umpire Mike Winters ejected Angels Manager Mike Scioscia for arguing a strike two call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Rangers-Angels game. With one out and one on, Angels batter Mike Trout took a 0-1 fastball from Rangers pitcher ...

MLB Ejection 155 - Carlos Torres (4; Hernan Perez)

09/11/2016 01:16:00 AM

HP Umpire Carlos Torres ejected Brewers 1B Hernan Perez for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 8th inning of the Brewers-Cardinals game. With two out and the bases loaded, Perez took a 2-2 sinker from Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright ...

MLB Ejection 154 - Dale Scott (7; Welington Castillo)

09/10/2016 01:59:00 AM

HP Umpire Dale Scott ejected Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 12th inning of the Giants-Diamondbacks game. With one out and two on, Castillo took a 3-2 sinker from Giants pitcher Cory Gearrin ...

Injury - Brian Knight Leaves After Double HBP

09/09/2016 23:15:00 PM

Umpire Brian Knight took a chin-shot on a ball that first hit Marlins batter Ichiro Suzuki, resulting in Knight's injury-prompted removal from Friday's Dodgers-Marlins contest.With two out in the bottom of the 5th inning, Dodgers pitcher Josh ...

MLB Ejection 153 - Jim Joyce (1; AJ Hinch)

09/08/2016 13:02:00 PM

HP Umpire Jim Joyce ejected Astros Manager AJ Hinch for arguing a ball (foul no-call) and wild-pitch call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Astros-Indians game. With two out and the bases loaded, Indians batter Lonnie Chisenhall attempted ...

MiLB 2016 Postseason Umpire Roster - PCL & IL Playoffs

09/07/2016 20:08:00 PM

The following umpires will officiate the 2016 MiLB postseason, including the Pacific Coast League and International League semi-finals, League championships, and AAA championship, according to a source. The following umpire crews are listed ...

MLB Ejection 152 - Joe West (4; Terry Francona)

09/04/2016 19:00:00 PM

HP Umpire Joe West ejected Indians Manager Terry Francona for arguing a check swing (strike three) call by 3B Umpire Mark Ripperger in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Marlins-Indians game. With none out and two on (R1, R2), Indians batter ...