1B Umpire Joe West ejected White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen for arguing a balk call in the bottom of the 2nd inning and White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle for arguing a balk call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the White Sox-Indians game. In the 2nd, with two out and one on, Buehrle attempted to pick off Indians designated hitter Matt LaPorta at first base on a 1-2 count. Replays indicate Buehrle failed to come to a complete stop (set) prior to delivery/flinched his left (pivot) leg in a motion associated with his delivery prior to making his throw to first base, the call was correct. 2B Umpire Angel Hernandez mirrored this balk call. In the 3rd, with one out and one on, Buehrle attempted to pick off Indians shortstop Jason Donald at first base on a 0-1 count. Replays are not definitive regarding this play though West most likely ruled a balk under Rule 8.05(a) and/or 8.05(c) in that Buehrle may have stepped towards home plate instead of towards first base (45 degree line), the call is inconclusive. The call is now correct per UEFL Rule 7.a.ii. At the time of the ejections, the contest was tied, 0-0. The White Sox ultimately won the contest, 5-4.
These are Joe West (22)'s second and third ejections of 2010.
Joe West now has 11 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (3 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call + 2 MLB + 2 Correct* Call = 11).
Joe West is owned as a Primary Umpire by CAScreaminDude
, and yaw4god_emt
, who are now tied for 1st place in the UEFL with 11 points.
Joe West is owned as a Secondary Umpire by scumpire
, who is now in 5th place in the UEFL with 8 points.
The first call references MLB Rule 8.01(b) and 8.05(a).
The second call references MLB Rule 8.05(a) and/or 8.05(c).
Quality of Correctness (2nd Call) was not challenged and reverted ("Inconclusive" ==> "Correct")
These are the 47th and 48th ejections of 2010.
This is the 20th player ejection of 2010.
This is the 25th Manager ejection of 2010.
Video (1): http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8363039
Video (2): http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8363395
Video (2.1): http://www.twitvid.com/CKP4W
Video (12): http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8366649