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  1. National Baseball Hall of Fame umpire Harold Doug "God" Harvey has passed away at the age of 87. Harvey, who officiated 4,673 regular season National League games from 1962-1992, joined the California League in 1958, at the age of 28, and worked in the Pacific Coast League prior to his NL... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  2. Let's play a little offseason ball and run the numbers for the most viable 'Umpire 2' candidates for promotion to crew chief, care of Dale Scott's retirement. For a little more spice, we'll consider Angel Hernandez's perspective, relative to his lawsuit against the MLB Commissioner's Office... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  3. The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame announced MLB umpire Joe West as part of its 2018 induction class; West will be inducted into the NCSHOF during a May banquet and ceremony at the Raleigh Convention Center. 'Blue Cowboy' Joe West will be inducted in May.NC HOF President Nora Lynn Finch cited... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  4. As the year draws to a close, we revisit the 2017 season with a UEFL Year in Review. With assistance from voting data gathered during the 2017 year-end Awards Nominations, these are the Top 20 Ejections from the 2017 baseball year (pre-season, regular season, and postseason). *Quality of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  5. 34-year-old Stu Scheurwater of Regina, Saskatchewan is Major League Baseball's newest umpire, MLB reportedly hiring him to the full-time staff to fill retired ump Dale Scott's vacancy, according to multiple sources. A Baseball Canada umpiring alum, Scheurwater begins his MLBU career with 253 games... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  6. In the offseason following the Georgia High School Association's decision to overturn an on-field umpire's judgment call, the GHSA amended its Bylaws to address similar future complaints, such as this month's appeal from Peach County HS concerning a football official's incomplete pass ruling in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  7. In June, MLB umpire Joe West was struck with a baseball thrown from the stands at Miller Park. New documents in Milwaukee suggest two things: the assault was a deliberate act and police know who the suspects are. A recently released search warrant paints the picture: According to a witness sitting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  8. Veteran Crew Chief Dale Scott has retired in the wake of a concussion sustained as plate umpire in Toronto on April 14, 2017. Scott's election of retirement was first reported by the Associated Press. This concludes Scott's 32-year umpiring career in the American League and Major League Baseball... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  9. Seven months after a Georgia high school baseball team protested an umpire's judgment call, the GHSA is facing another call to overturn a referee's on-field judgment decision, this time in football. A judgment call is heading back to the board.Baseball Background: In May, Lee County High School... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  10. South Korea's Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) fined three teams 10 million won ($9,230) each for wiring money to disgraced KBO umpire Choi Kyu-Soon in 2012 and 2013. Choi was indicted on gambling and fraud charges in October 2017 and last umpired KBO baseball during the 2013 season. Former KBO... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  11. With the 2017 season in the books, we revisit MLB Umpire Observer's hiring outlook and MiLB roundup of Triple-A call-up umpires, with analysis and numbers updated for the offseason. The following list is a follow-up to similar analytics compiled at the 2017 All-Star Break (ASB). Three... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  12. 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 of the Year Award, and 30+ day absence replacement... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  13. 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 Post: 2017 Arizona Fall League Umpire... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  14. 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 Fantasy League's 2017 most declining umpire of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  15. The Rules Summit ballot is now open. Of interest here are Props 4-4-h and 4-4-i, "Modification of Declining Umpire Award" and "Elimination of Worst Umpire Award." You may vote via this link: http://www.closecallsports.com/2017/11/2017-uefl-rules-summit-ballot-and-voting.html
  16. 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 descriptions. Upon Commissioner approval, all... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  17. 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 Arizona Fall League is presently testing several pace of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  18. 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 Winner: Mark Wegner.Mark Wegner wins the UEFL... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  19. 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 the existing UEFL Rules Book ahead of the 2018 UEFL... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  20. 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 151 points. 2017 Perfect Crew (Highest Scoring Crew):... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  21. 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 (1-2; Beltre, Banister), 2B Umpire Gerry Davis... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  22. 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 Ejection Fantasy League's 2017 Promising... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  23. 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 Honorable Umpire of the Year. Award... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  24. 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 Crew Chief of the Year, which marks his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  25. 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 Fantasy League's 2017 Fill-In Umpire of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
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