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Gil

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  1. From the better late than never department, today's Teachable Moment concerning Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts' sliding attempt to save a live ball from entering the dugout involves many umpire considerations for this complex boundary call. Fumbled ball leads to a tricky coverage play.The first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  2. HP Umpire Mike Muchlinski ejected Mariners Manager Scott Servais (strike two call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Astros-Mariners game. With one out and none on, Mariners batter Dee Gordon took 0-0 and 0-1 fastballs from Astros pitcher Collin McHugh for called first and second... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  3. 3B Umpire Paul Nauert ejected Braves Manager Brian Snitker (fighting) and HP Umpire Chad Fairchild ejected Marlins pitcher Jose Ureña (throwing at Braves batter Ronald Acuña resulting in injury; QOCU) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Marlins-Braves game. With none out and none on, Ureña's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  4. HP Umpire James Hoye ejected Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 3rd inning of the Diamondbacks-Padres game. With none out and two on (R2, R3), Ahmed took a 2-2 sinker from Padres pitcher Joey Lucchesi for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  5. Welcome to the third episode of The Plate Meeting, a LF Umpire Podcast from Close Call Sports, where we talk umpiring with umpires. In episode 3, Tmac and Gil sit down with Brian Hertzog, CEO of Official Business and MiLB umpire from 2006-14. Brian talks about his journey into and release from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  6. 1B Umpire Jansen Visconti ejected Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons (safe call at first base; QOCN) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Blue Jays-Yankees game. With one out and the bases loaded, Yankees batter Greg Bird hit a 1-1 slider from Blue Jays pitcher Tim Mayza on the ground to first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  7. Rarer than a perfect game, a walk-off balk plagued Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dylan Floro in Seattle Saturday night, handing the Mariners a 5-4 extra inning win as baserunner R3 Cameron Maybin scored on Floro's botched step-off and illegal move from the rubber. Rare? Seattle's was only the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  8. HP Umpire Cory Blaser ejected Brewers Manager Craig Counsell (warnings) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Brewers-Cardinals game. With two out and none on, Cardinals batter Tyler O'Neill took a first-pitch fastball from Brewers pitcher Wade Miley inside for a called first ball, resulting in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  9. Friday's Replay Review that upheld umpires' home run and fan interference no-call in San Diego upset Arizona after video conclusively indicated that Diamondbacks left fielder Jon Jay's glove made contact with a Padres fan's beer during Eric Hosmer's solo-HR in the bottom of the 5th inning. Did a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  10. The trigger was slow...until it mattered, when Hoye was lighting quick such that the player was still facing the umpire at the time of ejection. Every other D'Back on the field was walking away with backs turned -- except for the ejected individual.
  11. A botched pickoff attempt and balk call against Toronto in Kansas City turned into a seven-minute delay as 2B Umpire and acting Chief Marvin Hudson consulted Replay Review for a rules check, affirming the crew's original ruling to award Royals baserunner Rosell Herra second base on Blue Jays... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  12. HP Umpire Ben May ejected Marlins Manager Don Mattingly (strike three call; QOCN) in the top of the 4th inning of the Marlins-Nationals game. With two out and one on (R2), Marlins batter Derek Dietrich took a 3-2 cutter from Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer for a called third strike. Replays indicate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  13. We've seen home plate umpires snare discarded catcher's masks on foul balls in the past, so when we saw HP Umpire Manny Gonzalez caught Tigers hitter Nicholas Castellanos' bat out of the air during a celebratory flip on Thursday in Minnesota, it seemed a natural extension of the modern athletic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  14. Announcing Episode 3 of The Plate Meeting, a LF Umpire Podcast from CloseCallSports.com, which will debut Monday. Tmac & Gil are joined by Brian Hertzog, former MiLB umpire and CEO of Official Business, who talks his career, release & life after Minor League Baseball, and the topic of game... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  15. Welcome back to Commentary Critique, where we respond to a broadcaster's statement about the rules of baseball with book-supported analysis. In this edition, we listen to YES Network's summation about a runner's missed base during Thursday's Rays-Yankees game. Appeal failure leads to Pham's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  16. Wednesday's first manager's challenge of the day marked MLB's 1,000th Replay Review of the 2018 season, a decision that overturned 1B Umpire Larry Vanover's out call to that of safe during the White Sox-Tigers game. Here's a look back at the first thousand video reviews of the season and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  17. HP Umpire Eric Cooper ejected Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig and Giants C Nick Hundley (fighting/inciting bench-clearing incident) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Dodgers-Giants game. With two out and none on, Puig slapped at his bat following a foul ball, provoking a verbal response from Hundley,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  18. Congratulations to MLB's senior umpire Joe West, who writes a new page of history this week in Minnesota as he meets Bruce Froemming for the number two spot on baseball's Most Games Umpired List with 5,163 regular season games officiated. Bill Klem, long considered the grandfather of professional... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  19. HP Umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Cubs Manager Joe Maddon (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Brewers-Cubs game. With none out and one on (R2), Cubs batter Ben Zobrist took a 3-2 slider from Brewers pitcher Jhoulys Chacin for a called third strike. Replays indicate the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  20. In August 2017, Angel Hernandez ejected Ian Kinsler, whose post-game tirade prompted the World Umpires Association (WUA)'s white wristband protest against umpire abuse. One year later, the Major League Baseball Umpires Association (@MLBUA) serves as MLB umpiring's new brand, replacing WUA,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  21. HP Umpire Adam Hamari ejected Cardinals pitcher Tyler Webb (throwing at Royals batter Jorge Bonifacio; QOCU) in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Cardinals-Royals game. With two out and none on, Bonifacio took a 1-2 fastball from Webb for a hit-by-pitch. Replays indicate the pitch was located... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  22. After the controversy and contention dies down, the business of baseball settles the player-umpire dynamic in one of a few ways, including cordiality and respect. For an example, we turn to Hall of Fame Astros legend Jeff Bagwell and MLB veteran Joe West. Yes, sometimes grudges rule the day and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  23. 1B Umpire Adam Hamari ejected Royals pitcher Danny Duffy (check swing ball two call) in the top of the 6th inning of the Cardinals-Royals game. With one out and one on (R1), Cardinals batter Harrison Bader attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 changeup from Duffy, ruled a ball by HP Umpire Ryan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  24. HP Umpire Bill Miller ejected Cubs Manager Joe Maddon (batter-runner's lane interference; QOCY) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Nationals-Cubs game. With none out and one on (R1), Cubs batter Willson Contreras bunted a 0-1 slider from Nationals pitcher Greg Holland on the ground to third... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  25. UEFL's MLB Umpire Sabermetrics report for July 2018 features 107 ejections and 910 Replay Reviews through 1,609 regular season games played (66.2% complete). Click here for last month's stats. Though ejection #s are projected to decrease year-over-year, based on current rates, replays are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
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