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Gil

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  1. HP Umpire Jeremie Rehak ejected Orioles DH Mark Trumbo (check swing strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 9th inning of the Orioles-White Sox game. With one out and none on, Trumbo attempted to check his swing on a 0-2 changeup from White Sox pitcher Joakim Soria, ruled a swinging third strike... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  2. HP Umpire John Tumpane ejected Cubs LF Kyle Schwarber (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 7th inning of the Cubs-Reds game. With two out and two on (R1, R2), Schwarber took a 2-2 fastball from Reds pitcher David Hernandez for a called third strike. 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
  3. After MLB Advanced Media ejected Sportvision's PITCHf/x in favor of Statcast, SportsMedia Technology Corp (SMT) filed a lawsuit against MLBAM, alleging patent infringement, trade secret theft, and breach of contract related to Statcast and MLBAM's decision to replace Pitch f/x prior to the 2017... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  4. Strange Ground Rule Double

    If I recall correctly, MLB changed ground rules for several stadiums with the common theme of requiring a ball to first hit an adjacent part of the wall at a height greater than the top of the lower wall, and if the ball then bounces directly into the stands over the lower wall, it is a home run. Dodger Stadium used to have quite a loophole in its ground rules with the ruling that any ball striking any part of the bullpen gate and bouncing directly out of play over any fair territory wall was a HR. Now it's written in a way to comply with the "height of the lower wall" standard. Yet Kansas City continues to go without its own specific set of ground rules other than the Universal.
  5. On Saturday, Jose Altuve's batted fly ball exited Houston's playing field unusually as it hit the top of the padding on a lower portion of the outfield fence, bouncing over the right-center field wall and into the stands: Is this a A) home run, B) double, or C) Let's just have Replay Review sort it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  6. Strange Ground Rule Double

    Something similar happened in KC a few years ago (ball struck wall and caromed over a shorter wall in fair territory). Just like what happened in Houston, the umpires incorrectly ruled it a home run. https://www.closecallsports.com/2015/07/2b-bounding-ball-over-ground-rules-less.html
  7. Though a ball is generally dead on interference, the infraction is sometimes ignored, such as an interfered-with catcher who throws out a runner. Friday, a first baseman who lost his mitt in a collision with a batter caught a batted ball in his bare hands—no glove, no problem! That said, what is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  8. David Rackley exited Friday's assignment in St. Louis for an unspecified reason prior to the 8th inning. Rackley, who had been spotted speaking with the Cardinals training staff an inning earlier, departed the Phillies-Cards game prior to the top of the 8th inning, resulting in a delay as 2B... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  9. Appalachian State batter Travis Holden nearly pulled off an inside-the-park home run in the rain during the Mountaineers' game vs Coastal Carolina Friday, but a controversial call after a brief delay upstaged the home team's celebration as the umpire who made the call scurried off the field toward... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  10. A rain delay turned Tuesday's Yankees-Nationals contest into a suspended game. With the game not set to resume for another month, Ask the UEFL considers what would occur if New York or Washington added a player to the roster via trade or other transaction during that span. Eligible... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  11. Causes for MLB Umpire ERAs

    So, Carlson's last plate was Tampa's 17-1 loss to Baltimore on 5/13. As an example, you can imagine what that would do to an umpire's ERA a month and a half into the season. Carlson's over/under lines this season have averaged 8.5, while Nelson's O/U lines have averaged 8.0. One would expect the Carlson ERA to be higher.
  12. HP Umpire Chris Segal ejected Giants SS Brandon Crawford and Manager Bruce Bochy (strike three call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 12th inning of the Rockies-Giants game. With none out and none on, Crawford took a 3-2 fastball from Rockies pitcher Wade Davis 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. HP Umpire Will Little ejected Padres SS Freddy Galvis (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 8th inning of the Padres-Pirates game. With two out and none on, Galvis took a 3-1 fastball from Pirates pitcher Michael Felix for a called second strike and 3-2 fastball for a called third strike.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  14. HP Umpire Paul Nauert ejected Rangers Manager Jeff Banister (ball four call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Rangers-White Sox game. With two out and the bases loaded, White Sox batter Nicky Delmonico took a 3-2 slider from Rangers pitcher Jose Leclerc for a called fourth ball after... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  15. MLB's senior-most umpire and World Umpires Association president Joe West says that the United States Supreme Court's decision to lift a federal ban on sports gambling "scares me to death," positing that ump safety is in greater jeopardy now that gamblers have more freedom to bet on games. Joe... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  16. In this edition of Replay Rewind, we visit Atlanta, where the visiting Cubs topped the Braves 3-2 following a 5th inning upheld review immediately followed by a missed out call that manager Brian Snitker couldn't challenge (having lost the preceding video effort), causing Chip Caray and Joe Simpson... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  17. Fieldin Culbreth exited Tuesday's game in Anaheim after taking a foul ball off the lower right jaw. In the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Astros-Angels game, batter Shohei Ohtani fouled a 99.4-mph 0-2 fastball from Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole into the lower right portion of Culbreth's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  18. 1B Umpire Jeff Nelson ejected Mariners Manager Scott Servais (retired runner's interference no-call; QOCY) in the top of the 9th inning of the Rangers-Mariners game. With one out and one on (R2), Rangers batter Joey Gallo hit a 0-2 slider from Mariners pitcher Edwin Diaz 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
  19. HP Umpire DJ Reyburn ejected Twins LF Robbie Grossman (strike three call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Mariners-Twins game. With one out and one on (R1), Grossman took a 0-0 cutter from Mariners pitcher Wade LeBlanc for a called first strike, 1-1 changeup for a called second strike,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  20. When the Official Playing Rules Committee changed the recently-retired runner's interference rule over the offseason in response to Boston's protest of an INT no-call against Yankees baserunner Matt Holliday, we pondered how long it would take for such a quirky play to occur again. Recently... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  21. For the second time in as many years, double switch drama infected Dodger Stadium as Reds Manager Jim Riggleman, plate umpire Alan Porter, and a pair of Cincinnati outfielders suffered through late-inning miscommunication...is the music too loud in LA? Friday's substitutions had some problems.The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  22. HP Umpire Doug Eddings ejected Diamondbacks RF Steven Souza Jr. (strike three call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Nationals-D'Backs game. With two out and one on (R1), Souza took a 2-0 fastball from Nationals pitcher Shawn Kelley for a called first strike and a 3-2 fastball for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  23. Happy Mother's Day - all umpire moms will love this. A young fan got an early start to his professional umpiring career, dressing in his home plate best to call balls and strikes from the front row of stands at Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Class-A Midwest League's Quad Cities River... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  24. HP Umpire Carlos Torres ejected Tigers Manager Ron Gardenhire (strike two call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Mariners-Tigers game. With two out and none on, Tigers batter James McCann took a 0-0 fastball from Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez for a called first strike and 0-1... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  25. HP Umpire Alan Porter ejected Dodgers LF Matt Kemp (strike three call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Reds-Dodgers game. With two out and one on (R2), Kemp took a 1-2 fastball from Reds pitcher Austin Brice for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over 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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