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2017 Rules Summit - Results

11/22/2017 14:27:00 PM

The following are results of the 2017 UEFL Rules Summit. Notable changes for 2018 include elimination of the Triple-A ejection bonus point, renaming of the Declining Umpire Award to Most Disappointing Season, elimination of the Worst Umpire ...

2017 AFL Championship Game Roster

11/19/2017 00:45:00 AM

The following four minor league umpires officiated Saturday's Arizona Fall League Championship Game at Scottsdale Stadium. The AFL staff includes 12 officials from Triple-A Baseball's International (IL) and Pacific Coast (PCL) Leagues.Related ...

2017 UEFL Rules Summit Ballot and Voting

11/17/2017 13:36:00 PM

Voting is now open for the 2017 UEFL Rules Summit. Visit the Discussion thread for a detailed look at the various proposals and items up for consideration in this year's ballot.Each measure up for vote is listed in the following ballot, including ...

Rob Manfred Vows Pace of Play Rules Changes for 2018

11/16/2017 12:18:00 PM

Speaking at an owner's meeting, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred indicated pace of play rules changes are coming in 2018, with or without support from the player's association, though he prefers MLBPA's sign-off.MiLB's pitch clock is coming.The ...

2017 UEFL Rules Summit Discussion

11/11/2017 17:30:00 PM

The Umpire Ejection Fantasy League announces its 2017 UEFL Rules Summit, our annual forum for discussion of controversial issues which may have surfaced during the past season, setting forth a framework for rectifying these issues by amending ...

2017 UEFL Final Standings and the Perfect Crew

11/10/2017 18:24:00 PM

With UEFL awards season now complete, it is time to unveil the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's Final Standings for 2017, as well as the Perfect Crew. This year's "Perfect Score" was 112 while the lowest score possible was -39, a spread of ...

2017 UEFL Award for Umpire of the Year - Mark Wegner

11/10/2017 14:00:00 PM

Mark Wegner is the UEFL's (Best) Umpire of the Year for 2017 [2016: Chris Guccione].Voting Results (Top 5): Wegner (34.2%), Alfonso Marquez (7.0%), Jim Reynolds (6.1%), Chad Fairchild (5.3%), Ted Barrett/Laz Diaz/Hunter Wendelstedt (3.5%).Award ...

2017 UEFL Award for Ejection of the Year - Gerry Davis

11/09/2017 18:14:00 PM

Gerry Davis had the Best Ejection of the Year for 2017 [2016: Joe West & Bob Davidson].Voting Results (Top 4): Davis-109 (56%); Bellino-FAN/Cuzzi-117/Kulpa-001/Little-WBC6 (4%).Award Winner: Gerry Davis.In MLB Ejections 109-110 - Gerry Davis ...

2017 Promising Umpires - Cory Blaser & Chad Fairchild

11/09/2017 12:26:00 PM

Cory Blaser & Chad Fairchild are 2017's Promising Umpires of the Year [2016: Holbrook & Porter].Voting (Top 5): Blaser (12.9%), Fairchild (11.6%), Quinn Wolcott/John Tumpane (8.9%), Adam Hamari (7%).Cory Blaser & Chad Fairchild are the Umpire ...

2017 UEFL Award for Honorable Umpire - John Tumpane

11/08/2017 18:14:00 PM

John Tumpane is 2017's Honorable Umpire of the Year [2016: Rob Drake & John Hirschbeck].Voting Results (Top 5): Tumpane (37.4%), Phil Cuzzi (9.2%), Ted Barrett/Drake (6.5%), Bill Welke (5.2%).John Tumpane is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's ...

2017 UEFL Award for Crew Chief - Ted Barrett

11/08/2017 13:01:00 PM

Ted Barrett wins the UEFL's 2017 Crew Chief of the Year Award [2016 Winner: Ted Barrett].Voting Results (Top 3): Ted Barrett (24.5%), Joe West (16%), Mike Winters (12.3%).Award Winner: Ted Barrett.Ted Barrett is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's ...

2017 UEFL Award for Fill-In Umpire - Stu Scheurwater

11/07/2017 18:04:00 PM

Stu Scheurwater wins UEFL's 2017 Fill-In Umpire of the Year Award [2016 Winner: Adam Hamari].Voting Results (Top 3): Scheurwater (48.2%), Ryan Blakney (13.6%), Chris Segal (8.2%).Award Winner: Stu Scheurwater.Stu Scheurwater is the Umpire Ejection ...

2017 UEFL Award for Most Improved - Marty Foster

11/07/2017 12:01:00 PM

Marty Foster wins the Most Improved Umpire Award for 2017. [2016 Winner: Angel Hernandez.]Voting Results (Top 3): Marty Foster (37.1%), Phil Cuzzi/Dan Iassogna (5.2%).Award Winner: Marty Foster.Marty Foster is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's ...

2017 UEFL Award for Most Declining - Paul Emmel

11/06/2017 18:04:00 PM

Paul Emmel wins the Most Declining Umpire Award for 2017. This award was not given from 2011-2016.Voting Results (Top 3): Emmel (10.5%), Joe West (8.6%), Kerwin Danley/Jerry Layne (T-7.6%).Award Winner: Paul Emmel.Paul Emmel is the Umpire Ejection ...

2017 UEFL Award for Worst Umpire - CB Bucknor

11/06/2017 12:01:00 PM

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

2017 Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game Roster

11/04/2017 19:58:00 PM

The Arizona Fall League selected four Minor League umpires to officiate Saturday's Fall Stars Game, played at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The AFL umpiring staff is composed of 12 umpires from the International (IL) and Pacific Coast ...

UEFL Year End Award Nominations for 2017

11/02/2017 12:48:00 PM

The Umpire Ejection Fantasy League prepares to distribute 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 4-4). The process begins ...

MLB Admits Mistake on NLDS 'Backswing INT' No-Call

10/26/2017 18:15:00 PM

MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre said NLDS Umpire Jerry Layne mistakenly no-called a backswing contact/follow-through "interference" play in Washington earlier this month, concluding that the rule should have superseded umpire Layne's on-field ...

Leaping Laz - Pickoff Throw at Second Base Hits Umpire

10/26/2017 13:05:00 PM

After Astros pitcher Chris Devenski's errant pickoff throw struck 2B Umpire Laz Diaz, Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts fielded a reporter's question concerning the incident during his postgame press conference, conceding that, "Laz was in the right ...

Discussion of the 2017 World Series

10/24/2017 16:56:00 PM

The UEFL's 2017 World Series discussion is now open.Home plate umpire performance is listed following the completion of each contest according to pitch f/x and UEFL Rules 6-2-b-a (horizontal bound, "Kulpa Rule") and 6-2-b-b (vertical strike ...

2017 World Series Umpire Crew and Roster

10/23/2017 13:23:00 PM

The 2017 World Series umpire roster is now available, listed by crew assignment. The Replay Official for the LCS and World Series serves in MLBAM's New York-based Replay Operations Center for Games One and Two of the series, before joining the ...

MLB Ejection P-3 - Mike Winters (3; Joe Maddon)

10/18/2017 23:54:00 PM

RF Umpire Mike Winters ejected Cubs Manager Joe Maddon (foul ball call by HP Umpire Jim Wolf; QOCN) in the top of the 8th inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game. With one out and one on (R1), Dodgers batter Curtis Granderson attempted to strike a 2-2 ...

Diversion - Judge, NYY Nearly Neutralize HOU Appeal

10/17/2017 18:47:00 PM

Yankees phenom Aaron Judge nearly ran the Astros out of an inning-ending appeal play by distracting Houston while they attempted to execute an appeal on him in the 4th inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.Technically, ...

MLB Ejection P-2 - Mike Winters (2; Joe Maddon)

10/15/2017 01:59:00 AM

2B Umpire Mike Winters ejected Cubs Manager Joe Maddon for arguing a Replay Review decision that overturned HP Umpire Lance Barksdale's collision violation no-call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Cubs-Dodgers game. With one out and two ...

Discussion of 2017 AL & NL League Championship Series

10/13/2017 18:01:00 PM

Discussion for the 2017's postseason's AL and NL League Championship Series is open.Home plate umpire performance is listed following the completion of each contest according to pitch f/x and UEFL Rules 6-2-b-a (horizontal bound, "Kulpa Rule") ...

Follow-Through (Backswing) Contact or Batter Interference?

10/13/2017 12:12:00 PM

Nationals catcher Matt Wieters campaigned for a backswing/follow-through contact (not interference) call after a throwing error on a passed ball third strike allowed Chicago to score a sixth run with two outs in the top of the 5th inning. Was ...

2017 League Championship Series Umpires Roster

10/12/2017 18:04:00 PM

The 2017 AL and NL League Championship Series umpire roster is now available, listed by crew assignment. The Replay Official for the LCS and World Series serves in MLBAM's New York-based Replay Operations Center for Games One and Two of the ...

Yankees End Indians' ALDS on Uncaught Third Strike

10/12/2017 17:32:00 PM

How Cleveland's 2017 ALDS experience ended on an uncaught third strike that HP Umpire Jeff Nelson seemingly made no ruling on inspired some post-series questions by baseball rule aficionados and fans alike.Yankees celebrate a series win over ...

Let's Talk - Mental Health in an Abusive Environment

10/10/2017 10:08:00 AM

Gil's Call: Let's talk about mental health in officiating. With umpire and referee abuse continuing to plague the sports world, chances are the average official has encountered more than one castigating coach or persecuting player. Combine that ...

MLB Ejection P-1 - Mark Wegner (1; John Farrell)

10/09/2017 13:54:00 PM

HP Umpire Mark Wegner ejected Red Sox Manager John Farrell (strike three call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the Astros-Red Sox ALDS game. With one out and the bases loaded, Red Sox batter Dustin Pedroia took a 2-2 curveball from ...

Discussion of 2017 AL and NL Division Series

10/05/2017 11:35:00 AM

Discussion for the 2017 postseason's AL and NL Division Series is open.Home plate umpire performance is listed following the completion of each contest according to pitch f/x and UEFL Rules 6-2-b-a (horizontal bound, "Kulpa Rule") and 6-2-b-b ...

2017 Arizona Fall League Umpire Roster

10/05/2017 10:18:00 AM

2017's Arizona Fall League will be officiated by the following Minor League Baseball umpires chosen from Triple-A's International (IL) and Pacific Coast League (PCL) umpiring staffs. Previous AFL experience (if applicable) and MLB call-up i ...

Discussion of 2017 AL and NL Wild Card Games

10/03/2017 15:28:00 PM

Discussion for the 2017 postseason's AL and NL Wild Card Games is now open.Home plate umpire performance is listed following the completion of each contest according to pitch f/x and UEFL Rules 6-2-b-a (horizontal bound, "Kulpa Rule") and 6-2-b-b ...

2017 Wild Card & Division Series Umpires Roster

10/02/2017 15:58:00 PM

The 2017 AL and NL Wild Card Game and Division Series umpire roster is now available, listed by crew assignment. The Replay Official does not join the on-field crew for the Wild Card Games nor Division Series.AL Wild Card 'A' (American League ...

UEFL Year in Review - Tmac's 2017 Replay Recap

10/02/2017 10:08:00 AM

Let's take a look at some replay numbers from 2017 with tmac's Replay Review stats. It is hard to fathom after 1336 reviews, that we nearly split 50-50 on outcomes: 671 were upheld and 665 were overturned (50.2% upheld vs 49.8% overturned).Link: ...

Injury Scout - Jeff Nelson Leaves Due to Eye Issue

10/01/2017 15:26:00 PM

Jeff Nelson left his final plate game of the 2017 regular season due to an issue with the umpire's right eye.Rockies trainer examines Nelson's eye.In the bottom of the 1st inning of Sunday's Dodgers-Rockies game, Nelson met with Colorado's training ...

Umpires Add 5th Memorial Patch for Bob Motley

09/30/2017 18:57:00 PM

MLB umpires have added a fifth black-and-white memorial patch to their uniform sleeves in honor of Bob Motley, who passed away earlier this month.Related Post: Last Surviving Negro Leagues Umpire Bob Motley Dies (9/15/17).This is the fifth ...

Dan Bellino Orders Fan Removed for Tipping Pitches

09/27/2017 01:45:00 AM

HP Umpire Dan Bellino ordered removal of a fan ("unofficial ejection") in New York for shouting pitch location information while the Yankees were at bat during Tuesday night's Rays-Yankees game.Bellino speaks with Yankee Stadium staff.With two ...

Torres' Missing Mask Means Exotic Red-Blue Replacement

09/27/2017 00:55:00 AM

MLB's latest case of lost umpire luggage gave Carlos Torres an excuse to wear a most unique red-and-blue mask in Texas. It was actually the second day that Torres and crew had missing gear and uniforms in Texas, though Torres' preference for ...

MLB Ejection 184 - Chad Fairchild (3; Jose Bautista)

09/26/2017 00:39:00 AM

HP Umpire Chad Fairchild ejected Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 8th inning of the Blue Jays-Red Sox game. With none out and none on, Bautista took a 3-2 slider from Red Sox pitcher Carson Smith for a called ...

Pawol Donates Hat, Mask to Hall of Fame's Women Exhibit

09/25/2017 17:38:00 PM

Jen Pawol donated some of her umpiring gear to the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Diamond Dreams exhibit, which celebrates women in baseball, after the Hall put in a request to "keep that exhibit as fresh as possible to remind people that ...

Injury Scout - Jeff Kellogg Struck by Flying Bat

09/25/2017 13:26:00 PM

An errant bat flew into the side of plate umpire Jeff Kellogg's head, prompting him to leave Sunday's action.Flying foul bat slams into Kellogg in Arizona.With two out and one on in the bottom of the 7th inning of Sunday's Marlins-Diamondbacks ...

MLB Ejection 183 - Will Little (6; AJ Hinch)

09/24/2017 23:36:00 PM

HP Umpire Will Little ejected Astros Manager AJ Hinch (check swing strike three call) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Angels-Astros game. With two out and one on (R1), Astros batter Evan Gattis attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 slider ...

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Adds Bob Motley Statue

09/23/2017 16:07:00 PM

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum of Kansas City announced a new umpire exhibit to feature the late Bob Motley, according to a statement put out by NLBM president Bob Kendrick.Motley, who passed away on September 15, helped create the museum ...

MLB Ejections 181-182 - Dan Iassogna (HOU x2)

09/23/2017 01:46:00 AM

HP Umpire Dan Iassogna ejected Astros LF Marwin Gonzalez (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Angels-Astros game. With none out and one on (R1), Gonzalez took a 1-2 fastball from Angels pitcher Yusmeiro Petit for ...

Injury Scout - Manny Gonzalez Hit in Throat by Wild Pitch

09/21/2017 17:29:00 PM

Manny Gonzalez took a baseball to the throat in Tampa Bay when a wild pitch bounced behind home plate and briefly wedged between Gonzalez's mask and neck before falling to the ground.Gonzalez is evaluated following the hit.With one out and one ...

Phillips' DP Attempt Reversed by Intentional Drop Rule

09/20/2017 00:25:00 AM

Angels 2B Brandon Phillips tried a sneaky double play in Anaheim before umpires invoked the intentional drop rule to prevent the would-be inning ending maneuver, albeit only after a brief consultation between 2B Umpire Mark Ripperger and 1B ...

Caught By Uniform - Jersey-Assisted Catch or Single?

09/19/2017 11:55:00 AM

A batted ball lined into a pitcher's jersey during Monday night's Dodgers-Phillies game, ruled a catch and out by HP Umpire Brian O'Nora proved most impressive, yet left one key question: what is the difference between a ball in the uniform ...

MLB Ejection 180 - Gerry Davis (3; Miguel Diaz)

09/17/2017 01:55:00 AM

HP Umpire Gerry Davis ejected Padres pitcher Miguel Diaz (throwing at Rockies batter DJ LeMahieu; QOCU) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Padres-Rockies game. With one out and none on, Diaz gave up two singles and a three-run home run to ...

MLB Ejection 179 - Jeff Nelson (2; Logan Morrison)

09/16/2017 19:51:00 PM

HP Umpire Jeff Nelson ejected Rays bench player Logan Morrison (ball three call; QOCN) in the top of the 6th inning of the Red Sox-Rays game. With one out and one on (R1), Rays pitcher Alex Cobb was called for a balk before Red Sox batter Rookie ...

Mike Rains Wins 2017 Doug Harvey Award (Cal League)

09/16/2017 12:48:00 PM

California League umpire Mike Rains is the 2017 Doug Harvey Award winner for Cal Lg Umpire of the Year.The award, given annually since 2010, honors the top umpire of the Single-A California League, which is the only league in Minor League Baseball ...

MLB Ejection 178 - Ryan Additon (1; Don Mattingly)

09/16/2017 01:55:00 AM

HP Umpire Ryan Additon ejected Marlins Manager Don Mattingly (substitution/batting out of order appeal denial; QOCY) in the top of the 8th inning of the Brewers-Marlins game. With one out, Brewers batter Manny Piña, batting seventh, singled ...

MLB, Joe Torre Rule Tigers' Pitch to Wolcott Unintentional

09/15/2017 18:24:00 PM

MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre concluded the Detroit Tigers did not intend to hit umpire Quinn Wolcott with a pitch on Wednesday two batters after Wolcott ejected Tigers catcher Brian McCann and Manager Brad Ausmus. Yet, that isn't the ...

MLB Ejections 176-177 - Jordan Baker (Lackey, Contreras)

09/15/2017 16:14:00 PM

HP Umpire Jordan Baker ejected Cubs pitcher John Lackey and catcher Willson Contreras (ball three call; QOCN) in the top of the 5th inning of the Cardinals-Cubs game. With two out and two on (R1, R2), Cardinals batter Carlos Martinez took a ...

Last Surviving Negro Leagues Umpire Bob Motley Dies

09/15/2017 14:46:00 PM

Less than a month after being honored in LA, the last surviving Negro Leagues Umpire, Bob Motley, has died. A legendary fixture in the national baseball and umpiring communities, Motley was 94.Bob Motley and Don Newcombe, August 2017.Motley ...

Knowing the Situation - Infield Flies and Time Plays

09/15/2017 14:03:00 PM

A crew that knows and communicates situations such as infield fly and time plays crisply stays a step ahead of the game and its fans. A momentary lapse in concentration or communication, however, can render confusion on the base paths. In order ...

Did Detroit Throw at Umpire Wolcott? A Visual Analysis

09/14/2017 14:11:00 PM

Quinn Wolcott's ejection of two Tigers has led to speculation that Detroit threw at the umpire in retaliation. Did they? Or was Wednesday's occurrence a sequence of unfortunate coincidence? New comments from Detroit Manager Brad Ausmus and catcher ...

MLB Ejection 175 - Vic Carapazza (3; Robinson Cano)

09/13/2017 22:46:00 PM

HP Umpire Vic Carapazza ejected Mariners 2B Robinson Cano (check swing strike three call) in the top of the 7th inning of the Mariners-Rangers game. With none out and two on (R2, R3), Cano attempted to check his swing on a 2-2 slider from Mariners ...

MLB Ejection 174 - Bill Welke (7; Clint Hurdle)

09/13/2017 19:57:00 PM

HP Umpire Bill Welke ejected Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle (ball four call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Pirates-Brewers game. With one out and one on (R1), Brewers batter Neil Walker took a 3-2 fastball from Pirates pitcher Tyler ...

MLB Ejections 172-173 - Quinn Wolcott (McCann, Ausmus)

09/13/2017 12:57:00 PM

HP Umpire Quinn Wolcott ejected Tigers C James McCann and Manager Brad Ausmus (ball four call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Tigers-Indians game. With two out and one on (R1), Indians batter Jay Bruce took a 3-2 fastball from ...

MLB Ejection 171 - Jeff Nelson (1; Jeff Banister)

09/12/2017 21:06:00 PM

HP Umpire Jeff Nelson ejected Rangers Manager Jeff Banister (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Mariners-Rangers game. With one out and one on (R1), Rangers batter Ryan Run took a 1-2 changeup from Mariners pitcher ...

UMPS CARE Charities Featured on MASN Broadcast

09/12/2017 17:44:00 PM

MASN recently followed umpire James Hoye as he participated in an UMPS CARE charities event at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland alongside The Oriole Bird mascot and crew-mates Jeff Kellogg and Will Little.Though broadcaster Paul ...

Case Play 2017-9 - The Deflected Error Triple

09/12/2017 01:29:00 AM

A batted ball deflected into the stands in Toronto concluded with the batter-runner awarded third, not second, base as umpires considered an odd sequence caused, in part, by Rogers Centre's turf and short right field wall.Trumbo loses a baseball ...

MLB Ejection 170 - Ramon De Jesus (5; Jake Marisnick)

09/10/2017 16:59:00 PM

HP Umpire Ramon De Jesus ejected Astros CF Jake Marisnick (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 5th inning of the Astros-Athletics game. With two out and one on (R3), Marisnick took a 3-2 sinker from A's pitcher Kendall Graveman for a ...

MLB Ejections 168-169 - Livensparger, Layne (CIN-NYM)

09/10/2017 16:05:00 PM

HP Umpire Shane Livensparger ejected Reds 2B Scooter Gennett (strike two and three calls; QOCY) in the top of the 7th and 1B Umpire Jerry Layne ejected Mets Manager Terry Collins (Replay Review decision overturning HP Umpire Livensparger's out ...

MLB Ejection 167 - David Rackley (3; Mike Scioscia)

09/10/2017 01:55:00 AM

HP Umpire David Rackley ejected Angels Manager Mike Scioscia (ball four call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Angels-Mariners game. With one out and two on (R1, R2), Mariners batter Mitch Haniger took a 2-2 slider from Angels pitcher ...

Did Scherzer Quick Pitch Herrera? About Rule 6.02(a)(5)

09/09/2017 00:27:00 AM

Did Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer strike out Phillies batter Odubel Herrera on an illegal quick pitch Friday night in Washington? At first glance, video evidence suggests that Scherzer may have benefitted from HP Umpire Jeff Kellogg's failure ...

MLB Ejections 165-166 - Morales, Cooper (1|1; CWS x2)

09/08/2017 21:50:00 PM

HP Umpire Gabe Morales ejected White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito (ball four call; QOCN) and 2B Umpire Eric Cooper ejected White Sox Manager Rick Renteria (ball four call by HP Umpire Morales; QOCN) in the top of the 6th inning of the Giants-White ...

MLB Ejection 164 - Chad Fairchild (2; Justin Turner)

09/07/2017 00:20:00 AM

HP Umpire Chad Fairchild ejected Dodgers 3B Justin Turner (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Diamondbacks-Dodgers game. With none out and none on, Turner took a 2-2 fastball from Diamondbacks pitcher Taijuan Walker ...

MLB Ejection 163 - Mike Everitt (4; Matt Chapman)

09/06/2017 16:46:00 PM

HP Umpire Mike Everitt ejected Athletics 3B Matt Chapman (Unsportsmanlike-NEC toward Angels C Juan Graterol; QOCU) in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Angels-Athletics game. With none out and one on (R1), Chapman stepped to the plate and ...

Triple-A - 2017 PCL and IL Postseason Rosters

09/06/2017 13:06:00 PM

MiLB's Pacific Coast & International League regular seasons have concluded; here are 2017's postseason umpires:Triple-A's Pacific Coast League (PCL):> John Bostwick (also worked 2017 MLB Spring Training)> Mike Cascioppo (2017 MLB Spring Training)> ...

MLB Ejection 162 - Marvin Hudson (2; Josh Donaldson)

09/06/2017 00:31:00 AM

HP Umpire Marvin Hudson ejected Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson (strike one call; QOCY) in the top of the 18th inning of the Blue Jays-Red Sox game. With none out and none on, Donaldson took a 0-0 sinker from Red Sox pitcher Carson Smith for a called ...

MLB Ejection 161 - Jordan Baker (4; Darren Bush)

09/04/2017 18:06:00 PM

HP Umpire Jordan Baker ejected Athletics Hitting Coach Darren Bush (strike two and three calls; QOCY) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Angels-Athletics game. With two out and two on (R1, R2), Athletics batter Matt Chapman took a 0-1 changeup ...

MLB Ejection 160 - Sam Holbrook (7; Carl Willis)

09/04/2017 00:57:00 AM

HP Umpire Sam Holbrook ejected Red Sox Pitching Coach Carl Willis (ball three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Red Sox-Yankees game. With two out and the bases loaded, Yankees batter Gary Sanchez took a first pitch, then 2-1 ...

MLB Ejection 159 - Marty Foster (3; Paul Molitor)

09/03/2017 16:50:00 PM

HP Umpire Marty Foster ejected Twins Manager Paul Molitor (check swing ball two call by 1B Umpire Mike Muchlinski) in the top of the 7th inning of the Royals-Twins game. With two out and two on (R1, R2), Royals batter Lorenzo Cain attempted ...

MLB Ejection 158 - Mike Estabrook (1; Carlos Gomez)

09/03/2017 16:06:00 PM

HP Umpire Mike Estabrook ejected Rangers CF Carlos Gomez (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Angels-Rangers game. With one out and none on, Gomez took a 2-2 sinker from Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney for a called third ...

MLB Ejection 157 - Mark Ripperger (1; Ryan Braun)

09/01/2017 20:45:00 PM

HP Umpire Mark Ripperger ejected Brewers LF Ryan Braun (strike two call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Nationals-Brewers game. With one out and none on, Braun took a 3-1 fastball from Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark for a called ...

MLB Ejection 156 - Pat Hoberg (2; Adam Jones)

09/01/2017 18:55:00 PM

HP Umpire Pat Hoberg ejected Orioles CF Adam Jones (strike two call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Blue Jays-Orioles game. With one out and two on (R1, R3), Jones took a 0-1 fastball from Blue Jays pitcher Joe Biagini for a called ...

MLB Admits HR Replay Error in Giants Game

09/01/2017 16:45:00 PM

Major League Baseball admitted a Replay Official erred in overturning a home run via review in San Francisco on Thursday night. According to MLB's statement, Replay Review got the play wrong. In light of MLB's mea culpa, the UEFL Appeals Board ...

UEFL's MLB Umpire Sabermetrics - August 2017

09/01/2017 15:27:00 PM

UEFL's MLB Umpire Sabermetrics report for July 2017 features 155 ejections and 1,125 Replay Reviews through 1,999 regular season games played.Though replays are projected to decrease year-over-year, based on current rates, ejections are now ...

Replay Review, Ground Rules, and Levi's Landing

09/01/2017 03:20:00 AM

A batted ball poised to land atop the green metal roof on AT&T Park's right field wall went to Replay Review a home run and came out the other end a fan interference-aided double.Replay Review spent 5 minutes on this play.*UPDATE*: MLB Admits ...

NPB Game Suspended After Flock-of-Birds Delay

08/31/2017 18:02:00 PM

8/30's NPB (Japan) Eagles-Lions game at Kobo Park Miyagi in Sendai was suspended due to rain and a flock of birds that refused to leave the stadium, ultimately leading to a call of animal abandonment.Birds encircle players at Kobo Park Miyagi.With ...

MLB Ejection 155 - Joe West (2; AJ Hinch)

08/31/2017 13:25:00 PM

2B Umpire Joe West ejected Astros Manager AJ Hinch (batter's interference call by HP Umpire Chris Segal) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Rangers-Astros game. With none out and one on (R1), Astros batter Alex Bregman attempted to strike ...

Player Illegally Re-Enters Game for 1st Time in MLB History

08/30/2017 10:08:00 AM

For the first time in MLB history, a substituted-for player illegally re-entered a Major League game, as umpires and competitors alike failed to notice the rules infraction late during a well-decided game.This sequence involved an American League ...

Injury Scout - Vanover Exits on 8th Inning Foul-to-Mask

08/30/2017 00:45:00 AM

A foul ball to the facemask pushed plate umpire Larry Vanover to an early exit in San Diego on Tuesday.Vanover is hit in the jaw by a foul ball.With one out and none on in the top of the 8th inning of Tuesday's Giants-Padres game, Giants batter ...

Injury Scout - Warmup Pitch to Groin Knocks Everitt

08/29/2017 20:45:00 PM

After taking an errant warmup pitch to the groin in Colorado, HP Umpire Mike Everitt became the second plate ump to leave a game in as many weeks. The first, Hunter Wendelstedt, is still reportedly sidelined with concussion-like symptoms after ...

Ump Supervisor Larry Young, Cancer-Free, Aims to Inspire

08/28/2017 15:59:00 PM

Former American League umpire and MLB Supervisor Larry Young is cancer-free, and wants his journey to inspire others. Young gave an interview to the local Rockford Register Star (RRStar.com) in the apropos town of Loves Park, Illinois, and discussed ...

Ask the UEFL - Fletcher, Phantom Foul & Plate Blocking

08/28/2017 12:31:00 PM

New York defeated Washington on a contested foul ball no-call and dramatic game-ending play at the plate, confirmed after a Nationals-prompted Replay Review regarding baseball's home plate collision rule. After the game, Nats Manager Dusty ...

MLB Ejection 154 - Ron Kulpa (2; David Peralta)

08/27/2017 17:00:00 PM

HP Umpire Ron Kulpa ejected Diamondbacks RF David Peralta (strike two call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Giants-Diamondbacks game. With none out and two on (R1, R2), Peralta took a 0-1 fastball from Giants pitcher Chris Stratton ...

MLB Ejection 153 - Mike Everitt (3; Joe Girardi)

08/27/2017 14:15:00 PM

2B Umpire Mike Everitt ejected Yankees Manager Joe Girardi (retired runner's interference no-call; upheld Replay Review bona fide slide call; QOCN) in the top of the 3rd inning of the Mariners-Yankees game. With one out and one on (R1), Mariners ...

MLB Ejection 152 - Nick Mahrley (1; Brad Ausmus)

08/26/2017 20:21:00 PM

HP Umpire Nick Mahrley ejected Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus (strike one call; QOCY) in the top of the 5th inning of the Tigers-White Sox game. With one out and one on, Tigers batter Victor Martinez took a 0-0 changeup from White Sox pitcher Carlos ...

MLB Ejection 151 - Laz Diaz (2; Alex Cora)

08/26/2017 01:55:00 AM

HP Umpire Laz Diaz ejected Astros Bench Coach Alex Cora (alleging pitcher doctored baseball or it was unfit; QOCU) in the top of the 1st inning of the Astros-Angels game. With two out and none on, Diaz examined a baseball from Angels pitcher ...

Last Surviving Negro Leagues Ump Motley Honored in LA

08/25/2017 21:04:00 PM

Bob Motley, the last surviving Negro Leagues Umpire, received honors at Dodger Stadium prior to Friday's game at Chavez Ravine.Bob Motley meets with Don Newcombe.Photo: LA Dodgers.Motley, you may recall, was briefly featured as part of MLB Network's ...

MLB Ejection 150 - Paul Emmel (5; Clint Hurdle)

08/24/2017 19:22:00 PM

HP Umpire Paul Emmel ejected Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle (ball four call; QOCY) in the top of the 7th inning of the Dodgers-Pirates game. With two out and two on (R1, R2), Dodgers batter Chris Taylor took a 3-2 fastball from Pirates pitcher ...

MLB Ejections 142-149 - Torres, DeMuth (NYY-DET Fight)

08/24/2017 15:52:00 PM

HP Umpire Carlos Torres ejected Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle (throwing at), Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera (fighting), and Yankees Manager Joe Girardi (arguing Kahnle's ejection/warnings) and 1B Umpire Dana DeMuth ejected Yankees catcher Austin Romine ...

Virtual Reality for Umpires & Manfred's Strike Zone

08/24/2017 13:13:00 PM

Virtual reality technology may soon be utilized in professional baseball umpire training programs while Rob Manfred's electronic strike zone stance has taken somewhat of a softer tone over the past week.Robot umpire from Super Baseball 2020 ...

Umpire-in-Chief Authority - When Two Calls Conflict

08/23/2017 10:23:00 AM

Two umpires made two opposing calls on the same play Tuesday night in Anaheim, with umpire-in-chief Gary Cederstrom making the final call pursuant to Official Baseball Rule 8.03(c), which granted the veteran crew chief authority to rectify a ...

MLB Ejection 141 - Chad Fairchild (1; Kevin Pillar)

08/22/2017 21:07:00 PM

HP Umpire Chad Fairchild ejected Blue Jays CF Kevin Pillar (strike one call; QOCY) in the top of the 3rd inning of the Blue Jays-Rays game. With none out and none on, Pillar took a 0-0 fastball from Rays pitcher Chris Archer for a called first ...

Injury Scout - Hit by Warmup Toss, Wendelstedt Leaves

08/21/2017 20:43:00 PM

Struck in the mask by an errant warm-up pitch, HP Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt left Monday night's game in Cleveland an out after the initial delay.Wendelstedt is evaluated after a hit to the head.With two out and one on in the bottom of the 6th ...

Token Gesture - Kinsler Fined $10k, .09% of $11m Salary

08/21/2017 18:06:00 PM

News has it Ian Kinsler's money-only Angel Hernandez fine was $10,000. Here's why that's not enough.Payroll database Spotrac indicates that Kinsler is drawing a salary of $11 million in 2017. Spread out over a 162-game season, this amounts ...