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  1. HP Umpire Alfonso Marquez ejected Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards, Jr. (throwing at Mariners batter Austin Nola; QOCU) in the top of the 6th inning of the Mariners-Cubs game. With one out and none on, Mariners batter Kyle Lewis hit a 0-1 pitch from Edwards for a home run. Following a Tim Lopes fly out,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  2. MLB sent a crew of five umpires, which includes an onsite replay review umpire, to Tokyo, Japan for the 2019 Opening Series between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. The crew joined several Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) umpires to officiate the teams' pre-season exhibition games... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  3. HP Umpire Brennan Miller ejected Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera (strike three call; QOCU) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Orioles-Tigers game. With two out and none on, Cabrera took a 0-2 pitch from Orioles pitcher Nate Karns for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located around... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  4. After Angel Hernandez's high profile Spring Training ejection of Astros Manager AJ Hinch, we put together a Plate Meeting podcast episode to discuss yet another instance of umpire abuse and MLB's decision to suspend the offender for one Spring game. Tmac serves as Gil's featured guest as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  5. HP Umpire Angel Hernandez ejected Astros Manager AJ Hinch (strike one call; QOCU) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Cardinals-Astros game. With none out and none on, Astros lead-off batter George Springer took a first-pitch fastball from Cardinals pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon for a called... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  6. Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has experimented with delivery timing in an effort to keep batters and umpires on their toes, and this Spring Training proved no exception as Stroman began his delivery, broke his hands by taking his throwing hand out of his glove without the ball, only to reach... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  7. MLB and the Players Association announced rule changes for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, including a mound visit limit reduction, new All-Star Game and trade deadline procedures, expansion of the active roster, and a minimum number of batters for pitchers. Commissioner Rob Manfred brought change.The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  8. Official Baseball Rule 8.00 concludes with General Instructions to Umpires, including guidelines for where an umpire should and should not go, what an umpire should and shouldn't do, and a review of the umpire's primary responsibility: to be in position to see every play. A hidden ball trick in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  9. Major League Baseball and the Atlantic League announced a finalized list of experimental rules changes MLB will test in the AL, including the computer-assisted home plate umpire strike zone feature discussed earlier. Pitcher mound visits will go to zero, bases will get wider, and infielder-based... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  10. We've published the Top 10 MLB Hothead Players by Ejection Frequency, so now it's time to list the Top 15 Hothead Managers in Major League Baseball. Once again, the umpire sabermetric value Games Per Ejection (GPE) will be used to determine the most frequently ejected skippers in the game. As we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  11. In the wake of legalized nation-wide sports gambling subject to state adoption, MLB will change the way umpire and team lineup information is released. Instead of allowing clubs to release starting lineups in an unregulated manner, the clubs will now submit all information to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  12. As Spring Training kicks into high gear and we prepare for a third MLB season touched by the pending lawsuit of an umpire alleging racially-motivated discrimination, we catch up with the offseason docket activity for Angel's Hernandez v. The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball et... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  13. Here's the sampling from the 2018 AL & NL Division Series (including AH's ALDS Game 4 at 145/148 or 98%): https://www.closecallsports.com/2018/10/discussion-of-2018-al-and-nl-division.html Running the numbers for a few years, I put the average number of callables at about 150.
  14. What is the rule when a batted baseball lodges in a paper cup sitting in a foul-territory bullpen? Is the ball dead for a two-base award or do we play on when the fielder tries to throw it back in? Such a play occurred in Spring Training's Grapefruit League as Cardinals batter Jeremy Martinez's hit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  15. On the occasion of Bryce Harper's Phillies contract, we revisit the subject of baseball's biggest hothead player, as measured by the umpire ejection sabermetric value, Games Per Ejection (GPE). Using our historic benchmark of David Ortiz's 175 GPE (aka "the Papi line"), we crown MLB's leading... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  16. MLB is reportedly one step closer to robot umpires, signing an agreement with the independent Atlantic League to test rule changes, including robo-umps to call balls and strikes. Trackman radar devices will be installed at all eight stadiums of the independent Atlantic League in anticipation of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  17. As the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League Draft kicks into gear, we present the annual UEFL Draft Prospectus, including statistics and sabermetrics for ejections and Replay Review outcomes for MLB and MiLB call-up umpires eligible for the 2019 season. Remember, the final day to register for the 2019... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  18. The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee adopted a new rule for 2019, opting to penalize a batter who leans in to try and draw a HBP by having the umpire call a strike. One week into the season and it just happened, with an ejection for arguing it to boot, issued mere seconds after the head coach strolled... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  19. Father Ted and son Andrew Barrett (actually, it's "Reverend Doctor Ted") officiated together for the first time at the professional level during Saturday's Brewers-Cubs MLB Spring Training game in the Arizona Cactus League as umpire slots for both HP & 2B ended in "Barrett." Andrew drew the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  20. As Spring Training gets underway, we're pleased to announce our next guest for The Plate Meeting, a LF Umpire Podcast from CloseCallSports.com. A five-time UEFL Award winner, 30-year AL & MLB veteran Jim Joyce officiated three World Series to go alongside four League Championship and 10... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  21. The 2019 Spring Training Umpire roster is comprised of 97 umpires, including 76 full-time MLB + 21 minor league call-ups and invitees spread across Arizona's Cactus and Florida's Grapefruit Leagues. This preseason's list features six more umpires than the 2018 Spring Training roster (91... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  22. Registration is now open for the 2019 Umpire Ejection Fantasy League season. Draft your UEFL crew today!MLB Spring Training marks the start of the 2019 Umpire Ejection Fantasy League preseason. This year's registration and draft form is officially open and will be due prior to Opening Day in March... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  23. The 2019 MLB umpire crew list features 76 umpires in 19 crews. The following table is arranged by Chief seniority and may be found on the UEFL Umpire Roster, Profiles & Crews page, which features MiLB call-up information as well as the MLB staff list. UEFL Umpire Profiles are also... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  24. When Spring Training begins on February 21, 2019, it will feature a 20-second pitch clock, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters a week ahead of baseball's preseason. Manfred responded to a pace-of-play query by saying, "I'm trying not to be that clear about the pitch clock...this is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  25. The 10th Plate Meeting podcast episode features 25-year American League veteran umpire Rich Garcia, who joins the show to discuss his officiating career, a major league umpire strike and labor dispute, and his brief foray into the movie business as an umpire in the Kevin Costner-driven film,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
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