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Gil

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  1. A critical obstruction no-call by 1B Umpire Jeff Kellogg capped Samurai Japan's 6-5 win over the MLB All-Stars in Game 5 of the international series as contact between first baseman Hotaka Yamakawa and batter-runner Mitch Haniger during an overthrow preceded Haniger's game-ending retirement at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  2. Following our Awards and Final Standings, the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League announces its 2018 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... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  3. The Florida State League inducted alumnus and 28-year AL and MLB umpire Jim McKean into its Hall of Fame. McKean umpired in the FSL from 1970 to 1971 and eventually joined the American League staff in 1973. A member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Quebec native also worked as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  4. MLB All-Star Juan Soto lost a potential three run home run when his fly hit the Tokyo Dome roof, turning into a routine "ground rule out" when Samurai Japan caught the ball, cuing Don Mattingly and 1B Umpire Eric Cooper to have a brief conversation about the perils of playing in a domed stadium.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  5. With the championship and UEFL awards season now complete, we can now reveal the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's final standings for 2018 as well as this year's Perfect Crew. The Perfect Score this season was 117 while the lowest possible score was -39, a spread of 156 points. (compare to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  6. Major League umpires Eric Cooper, Jeff Kellogg, and Quinn Wolcott are in Tokyo for the 2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series, joining several NPB umpires for the exhibition series. Meanwhile, the umpire mask camera that we saw in use during the 2014 series is back. For instance, here is a Juan Soto home... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  7. Adam Hamari & Cory Blaser are 2018's Promising Umpires of the Year [2017: Blaser & Fairchild]. Voting (Top 5): Hamari (10.2%), Blaser (10%), Stu Scheurwater (8%), John Tumpane (7%), Will Little (6%). Winners: Adam Hamari (78), Cory Blaser (89).Adam Hamari & Cory Blaser are the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  8. Ted Barrett is the UEFL's (Best) Umpire of the Year for 2018 [2017: Mark Wegner]. Voting (Top 5): Barrett (43.6%), Jeff Nelson (10.1%), Joe West/Jim Wolf (6%), Chad Fairchild (4.7%). Award Winner: Ted Barrett (65).Ted Barrett wins the UEFL Umpire of the Year Award for 2018. In his 22nd season in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  9. Jeremie Rehak wins UEFL's 2018 Fill-In Umpire of the Year Award [2017 Winner: Stu Scheurwater]. Voting Results (Top 3): Rehak (26.2%), Nic Lentz (24.1%), Ryan Blakney/Chris Segal (12.1%). Award Winner: Jeremie Rehak (35).Jeremie Rehak is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's 2018 Fill-In Umpire of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  10. Camarillo Pony Baseball lost its umpire-in-chief, 22-year-old Cody Coffman, in Wednesday's Thousand Oaks, California mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill. "He loved working with the kids." Cody's father, Jason, spoke with local media Thursday, recalling the last conversation with his son... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  11. After the NFL fired down judge and former baseball umpire Hugo Cruz in the middle of football season, the MLB Umpires Association (MLBUA) joined the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA) and Professional Soccer Referee Association (PSRA) in defense of the NFLRA and the league's "knee-jerk... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  12. Joe West and Nic Lentz had the Best Ejections of the Year for 2018 [2017: Gerry Davis]. Voting Results (Top 3): 062 West (11%), 153 Lentz (10%), 010 Timmons (5%). Award Winners: Joe West (22) & Nic Lentz (59).In MLB Ejection 062, HP Umpire Joe West ejected Padres Manager Andy Green for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  13. Ted Barrett & Phil Cuzzi are 2018's Honorable Umpires of the Year [2016: John Tumpane]. Voting Results (Top 5): Barrett (13.7%), Cuzzi (10%), Kerwin Danley/Doug Eddings (5.8%), Tumpane (3%). Award Winners: Ted Barrett (65) & Phil Cuzzi (10).Ted Barrett & Phil Cuzzi are the Umpire... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  14. Ted Barrett wins the UEFL's 2018 Crew Chief of the Year Award [2017 Winner: Ted Barrett]. Voting Results (Top 3): Ted Barrett (48.3%), Jeff Nelson (14.0%), Tom Hallion (12.6%). Award Winner: Ted Barrett (65).Ted Barrett is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's 2018 Crew Chief of the Year, which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  15. Andy Fletcher wins the Most Improved Umpire Award for 2018. [2017 Winner: Marty Foster.] Voting Results (Top 3): Andy Fletcher (28.9%), Kerwin Danley (14.8%), Vic Carapazza (5.5%). Award Winner: Andy Fletcher (49).Andy Fletcher is the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League's 2018 most improved umpire of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  16. As the 2018 Arizona Fall League All-Star Game ended on a walk-off base hit, 1B Umpire Nestor Ceja lingered for a few extra seconds as first baseman Peter Alonso tried calling for an appeal, claiming that batter-runner Meibrys Viloria failed to touch first base. East All-Star Alonso calls... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  17. The Umpire Ejection Fantasy League announces its postseason awards schedule, beginning with the Most Disappointing Season, below, and continuing with Most Improved, Fill-In, Crew Chief, Honorable, Promising, Ejection(s) of the Year and concluding with Umpire of the Year. 156 total ballots were cast... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  18. The Arizona Fall League selected four Minor League umpires to officiate Saturday's Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. The AFL umpiring staff is composed of 12 umpires from the International (IL) and Pacific Coast (PCL) Leagues. Related Post: 2018 Arizona Fall League Umpire Roster. HP: Adam... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  19. MLB umpire Ed Hickox began his offseason in a familiar scene, aboard his Grumman Traveler fixed-wing aircraft. Captain Hickox, who holds a pilot's license, has been flying charity missions for Angel Flight since 2009 and flew to Panama City to help Hurricane Michael survivors in the Florida... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  20. The 2018 Arizona Fall League welcomed two umpires from Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), who joined the MiLB umpire roster in MLB's premiere offseason development program, producing a rare six-man crew in the AFL. Fresh off the NPB season in Japan, umpires Chikara Tsugawa and Shinji... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  21. Award Nominations: The Umpire Ejection Fantasy League prepares to distribute its 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). Link to Postseason Awards Ballot (also... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  22. Baseball is often thought of as a sport where its umpires don't have to be in peak best physical condition. From Simpsons to Seinfeld, the "fat umpire" shtick persists. And then there's Ted Barrett and his World Series crew, 18 innings spanning seven hours and 20 minutes, and umps whose very... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  23. CloseCallSports.com announces its seventh Plate Meeting podcast episode with guest Gary Darling, a 26-year MLB umpire veteran with 3,270 regular season games, 10 Division Series, 5 LCS, and two World Series. Now's your chance to ask Gary questions about his career, including any one of his 111... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  24. A runner's lane interference no-call during Game 4 of the 2018 World Series led to a four-run Dodgers rally as HP Umpire Chad Fairchild opted against RLI when Los Angeles batter Cody Bellinger got in the way of Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez's throw to Steve Pearce, causing the ball to veer into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  25. With Dodgers and Red Sox managers running out of bench players and substitutes during Friday/Saturday's World Series Game 3 in Los Angeles, we ask what would happen if a team ran out of players and someone got hurt? Answer: Forfeit (umpire declaration). Longest postseason game in MLB history or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
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