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Unofficial Ejections: Derryl Cousins (1, 2) 
2nd-Jun-2010 06:07 pm
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3B Umpire Derryl Cousins unofficially ejected Tigers bench player Gerald Laird and Manager Jim Leyland for arguing a safe call by 1B Umpire Jim Joyce which occurred in the top of the 9th inning of the Indians-Tigers game. With two out and none on, Indians shortstop Jason Donald hit a 1-1 slider from Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga to Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who threw the ball to Galarraga as Donald arrived at first base. Replays appear to indicate that Galarraga gained possession of the throw prior to Donald touching first base, the call was incorrect. Donald was the Indians' only baserunner of the contest, and this play resulted in the Indians' only hit. At the time of the unofficial ejections, the contest was over and the Tigers had won, 3-0.

These are Derryl Cousins (13)'s first and second unofficial ejections of 2010.
Derryl Cousins remains at zero points in the UEFL. Unofficial Ejections do not result in the assessment of points.
Jim Joyce was the Umpire of the Year award winner following the UEFL 2009 Season.

These are the first and second unofficial ejections of 2010.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2010_06_02_clemlb_detmlb_1

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8616789

VIdeo (2): http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8624945

Video (3): http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8630535

Video (4): http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8632475

Video (5): http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8632337

Video (6): http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5245489

Relevant Rule
MLB 2.00 - TAG; A TAG is the action of a fielder in touching a base with his body while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove; or touching a runner with the ball, or with his hand or glove holding the ball, while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove.
Comments 
3rd-Jun-2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Great call, Jim! He never had control until he popped the ball down into the glove's pocket way after the runner touched first. SAFE.
3rd-Jun-2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Watched this game in HD. The stitching of the ball is definitely moving around, rattling around in the glove, it's a fair call in a tight spot. No one likes to break up a perfect game, but you have to call it the way you see it and call the game correctly, just like the 1B Ump did today.
3rd-Jun-2010 01:47 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Absolutely never had a firm grasp on that ball, so as per Rule 2.00 TAG, Joyce got this one right. Ball was not held securely and firmly until seconds after the runner touched the base.
3rd-Jun-2010 01:54 am (UTC)
Anonymous
If it was such a great call, why did Joyce go apologize to Galaragga after the game? He snow coned the ball, but he had control easy. Joyce called him safe because he said he thought the runner beat him, not because of a juggle.

Just a missed call.
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3rd-Jun-2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Joyce is one of the best umpires in the game...He looks really bad calling safe on real-time,but as the rule states,it is the correct call..

This could cause drama but,in Jim position,would you have let it slide? I realize a rule is a rule,but based on the situation in the game,would you?
3rd-Jun-2010 02:09 am (UTC)
Anonymous
It's tough. On the one hand you want to hand the kid the perfecto, but on the other, there are rules. You've got to remember that in the scheme of things, perfect truly means perfect, and if there was a juggle or slight bobble, just like the balkoff play the other night @LAD, you've got to call it within the rule.
3rd-Jun-2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Anonymous
That's what I like bout this site. Almost every article out there on this game is about a blown call ruining a perfect game and how disappointing, angering, etc. But this post is a simple analysis of the play, with the conclusion of inconclusiveness. I think that's the right call, that it was "inconclusive." And if it's inconclusive, the ball (held firmly and securely) doesn't beat the runner, he's safe.
3rd-Jun-2010 02:25 am (UTC) - Bobbled
Anonymous
Around the 0:10 second mark on the video, I can see Galarraga move his glove as if he didn't have control of the ball. It almost looks like a "double catch"- where he catches it once, doesn't have control, so he catches it again. I know this conclusive evidence of Joyce making the correct call, but I now know myself that this was the correct call.
3rd-Jun-2010 02:37 am (UTC) - Re: Bobbled
Anonymous
I just reread my post... and I left out the word isn't. It should say: I know this ISN'T conclusive evidence of Joyce making the correct call, but I now know myself that this was the correct call.
3rd-Jun-2010 02:31 am (UTC) - Joyce admits he was wrong
Anonymous
Jim JOyce admitted he blew the call.... if that was Bill Hohn the moderator would have called it an incorrect call. But then again JIM JOYCE has more integrity then just about anybody on the planet. As somebody who is my favorite umpire .. Jim you should be commended. And for those of us who have been on a professional field a time or two. you ALL know that he posessed the ball. But i guess if rationalization is the key to life and ignorance is bliss there are a lot of happy people on this site
3rd-Jun-2010 02:32 am (UTC) - Joyce admits mistake
Anonymous
I'm one of the biggest Jim Joyce fans out there. But even he admitted that he got it wrong. According to the article on ESPN:http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=300602106 Joyce says, "I just cost that kid a perfect game," Joyce said. "I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay." "It was the biggest call of my career," said Joyce, who became a full-time major league umpire in 1989.
He doesn't say anything about posession of the ball, he called him safe based on the foot touching the bag. So, if the reigning umpire of the year admits that he is wrong, then I will go with him. I do know that if Bill Hohn made that call, the comments on here would not be so kind.
3rd-Jun-2010 03:09 am (UTC) - Re: Joyce admits mistake
Anonymous
It was the wrong call. There was possession - barely, but there was.
3rd-Jun-2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Anonymous
None of us on this site are Major League Umpires. Jim Joyce is. If he admits to missing the call after watching the replay several times, then he probably missed the call.

I have all the respect in the world for Jimmy and all of the other Major League umpires, and if he says he missed it, I'm going with him.

3rd-Jun-2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Anonymous
In all fairness, Jim Joyce probably couldn't see the bobble on the replay since we cannot definitively see it. Yes, Joyce made the call based on the race to the bag; but the call was inconclusive (and more than likely correct) because of what actually happened vs. what the umpire's reasoning was behind his call.
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3rd-Jun-2010 02:41 am (UTC) - Unofficial ejection?
Anonymous
Where are the "unofficial ejections" coming from? I don't see anything in the box score or the write up about any ejections unofficial or official. Is this just being put up so that we can argue about it or what?
3rd-Jun-2010 02:47 am (UTC) - Re: Unofficial ejection?
Anonymous
It's my understanding that unofficial ejections are when someone is told by the ump to leave or behaves in a manner that would ordinarily cause an ejection, but what differentiates an unofficial ejection from a real ejection is whether it appears in the box score (so obviously, this wouldn't be in the box score, primarily because the game was over). I've seen unofficial ejections reported on here in the past where sometimes news articles were attached, and sometimes they weren't, but they never were listed in the box. Is that about right?
3rd-Jun-2010 03:05 am (UTC) - Sports Center
Anonymous
A replay was just shown on SportsCenter, and they clearly showed the bobble. I feel now that this is conclusive evidence to overturn the call and make it correct.
3rd-Jun-2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Joyce: It was the biggest call of my career and I kicked the **** out of it.

I hope he gets a bot 9 bases loaded, 2 out, 3-2 pitch in Game 7 of the WS, and that he gets the call right.
3rd-Jun-2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Anonymous
You know, I think if Hohn would admit when he messes up or would at least talk about his calls sometimes, that he'd be considered a better umpire. What makes Jim Joyce one of the best guys in the big leagues is how open he is when he makes a mistake, while still being consistent enough to do what he feels is right on AND off the field. And you know what, Hohn WOULD have ejected the first baseman who kept chirping at Joyce during that AB after the infield single. Joyce is a better ump because HE GETS the situation, he UNDERSTANDS where the arguer is coming from, and he knows that the guy is letting off steam, and doesn't need to be ejected during the game, with 2 outs in the ninth inning of a game that has pretty much been decided. Joyce is a smart guy. Other umps just aren't.
3rd-Jun-2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Take a lookie at this article: http://www.freep.com/article/20100602/SPORTS02/100602063/1358/SPORTS/Umpire-Jim-Joyce-apologizes-to-Tigers-Galarraga-for-blown-call

"However, another replay appeared to show that Galarraga bobbled Cabrera’s throw. That means the official scorer (longtime scorer and veteran Detroit journalist Chuck Klonke) possibly — possibly — could charge Galarraga with an error, and Galarraga would receive credit for a no-hitter, even though Joyce didn’t mention a bobbled throw as a reason for his “safe” call. The official scorer is allowed to change a call for 24 hours after the game."
3rd-Jun-2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Anonymous
I like Jim Joyce, and he's no doubt one of the best umpires in the game. But let's be honest, he blew the call, plain and simple. He reviewed the replays after the game, and admitted he was wrong. I'm going to take his word over the word of anyone else.

And I have the utmost respect for him for being a man about it, and admitting he screwed up, and apologizing to Galarraga. He didn't run and hide after the game like a lot of umpires do. He stood up like a man, and admitted his mistake. Major props to him for that.

But he blew the call, and all of this talk about the ball possibly bobbling around in Galarraga's glove is people here trying to look for an excuse and a reason to make Joyce not at fault. That's the plain and simple truth here, folks.
3rd-Jun-2010 04:47 am (UTC) - 100% agree!
Anonymous
Joyce gets a lot of credit also for the way he stood there and took it from Leyland and the players. He could have walked off.
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