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UEFL Moving to Blogspot Address



The Umpire Ejection Fantasy League has moved to http://umpireejections.closecallsports.com. Please update your bookmarks.

Not only does our new subdomain name seem a little more baseball oriented, the features and accessibility of the Blogger service are better than those of the Livejournal service.

As for the website's content and ejections, the cascreamindude.livejournal.com website will remain operation for archiving purposes. Beginning with tonight's ejection (Doug Eddings (1)), all UEFL posts - Ejections, Odds & Ends, etc. - will be made to the Close Call Sports website. Note that any challenges pending will be resolved at the CCS location.

This should be a much smoother and easier forum for everyone. Over the coming weeks, we plan to transfer this season's ejections to the new umpireejections.closecallsports.com site, while keeping these same posts in existence at the livejournal site, too.

Please join us at our new location, UmpireEjections.closecallsports.com.

Close Call Sports is dedicated to the objective and fair analysis of close or controversial calls by referees and umpires across all sports. Though the UEFL remains active at our new location, we are pleased to announce that we are expanding beyond baseball at our new location, CloseCallSports.com.
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Ejections: Brian Knight (1)

HP Umpire Brian Knight ejected White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski for arguing a strike call in the top of the 6th inning of the White Sox-Rays game. With two outs and one on, Pierzynski hit a 0-1 fastball from Rays pitcher Wade Davis for a groundout. Replays indicate one callable pitch during the at bat, a borderline fastball ruled a strike, which was outside the bounds of the strike zone. Because this one call did not have a realistic effect on the outcome of this at bat, this call is correct under Rule 6.e.iii. At the time of the ejection, the Rays were leading, 4-1. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 4-1.

This is Brian Knight (91)'s first ejection of 2011.
Brian Knight now has 4 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).

This the 11th ejection of 2011.
This is the 4th player ejection of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_04_20_chamlb_tbamlb_1

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=14011695

Pitch f/x courtesy Brooks Baseball
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Umpire Odds & Ends: Wilson Lawsuit Award

MLB Umpire Injured by Foul Ball Awarded $775K in Wilson Suit

A District of Columbia Superior Court jury has ordered the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. to pay $775,000 to a Major League Baseball umpire injured by a foul ball that knocked off his Wilson-made face mask.

Ed Hickox, who has since resumed his duties as an MLB umpire, suffered a concussion and several broken bones after a foul ball struck him in the jaw while he was umpiring a Washington Nationals' game at RFK Stadium on May 14, 2005. The protective face mask Hickox was wearing at the time flipped off of his head upon impact. The mask was given to Hickox for free by a Wilson representative.

Hickox sued Wilson, claiming the company was responsible not only because the mask failed to protect his face as advertised, but also because the company failed to tell Hickox that the company had not tested the mask with the same rigor they used to test hockey face masks, according to boxscorenews.com.

News: http://www.sportsonesource.com/news/spor/spor_article.asp?section=8&Prod=1&id=38029
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Ejections: Jim Reynolds (1)

HP Umpire Jim Reynolds ejected Red Sox Manager Terry Francona for arguing a non-balk call in the top of the 4th inning of the Red Sox-A's game. With no outs and one on, A's pitcher Brett Anderson picked off Red Sox base runner Dustin Pedroia. Anderson to first basemen Daric Barton to shortstop Cliff Pennington. Replays indicate Anderson appeared to have made a movement associated with his natural pitching motion, followed by a throw to first base, the call was incorrect. At the time of the Francona ejection, the A's were leading, 1-0. The A's ultimately won the contest, 5-0.

This is Jim Reynolds (77)'s first ejection of 2011.
Jim Reynolds now has -2 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (0 Previous + 2 MLB + -4 Incorrect Call = -2).
Jim Reynolds is owned as a Secondary Umpire by Bino, who is now in 37th place in the UEFL with -5 points.

This the 10th ejection of 2011.
This is the 6th Manager ejection of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_04_19_bosmlb_oakmlb_1&mode=box

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13962635
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Ejections: Chris Guccione (1)

HP Umpire Chris Guccione ejected Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the 8th inning of the Twins-Orioles game. With one out and none on, Twins batter Jason Kubel took a 0-2 slider from Orioles pitcher Clay Rapada for a called strike three. Replays indicate there was no incorrect callable pitches to Kubel. The call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Twins were leading, 3-2. The Twins ultimately won the contest, 5-3.

This is Chris Guccione (68)'s first ejection of 2011.
Chris Guccione now has 4 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call) = 4
Chris Guccione is owned as a Secondary Umpire by tt49, who is now tied for 5th place in the UEFL with 3 points.

This is the 9th ejection of 2011.
This is the 5th Manager ejection of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_04_18_minmlb_balmlb_1

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13926143

Pitch f/x courtesy Brooks Baseball
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Ejections: Adrian Johnson (1)

1B Umpire Adrian Johnson ejected Rangers First Base Coach Gary Pettis for arguing an out call in the top of the 7th inning of the Rangers-Yankees game. With one out and one on, Rangers batter Elvis Andrus hit a 0-2 slider from Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain softly in front of the plate, catcher Russell Martin to first baseman Mark Teixeira. Replays indicate the ball entered Teixeira's glove slightly prior to Andrus' foot touching first base, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 5-4. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 6-5.

This is Adrian Johnson (80)'s first ejection of 2011.
Adrian Johnson now has 4 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call) = 4.
Adrian Johnson is owned as a Secondary Umpire by cyclone14, who is now tied for 5th place in the UEFL with 3 points.
*Quality of Correctness was challenged and denied ("Correct" ==> "Correct").

This is the 8th ejection of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_04_17_texmlb_nyamlb_1

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13908017
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Umpire Odds & Ends: Umpire Injury

Crew Chief Jerry Layne (24) was injured in the Top of the 2nd inning with one on and no outs of the Cubs-Rockies game. Layne was the 1B umpire for the opener of the series when a Carlos Pena line drive struck him in the lower leg. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes while being assisted by Rockies' trainers. Eventually, Layne was able to walk off on his own power, but left the game. The game proceeded with a three man umpiring crew with Bob Davidson taking control of 1st base, manning the bases with Hunter Wendelstedt. Layne was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Jerry Layne had two ejections in 2010 and umpired the 2010 NLDS between the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves. He finished with 3 points in the 2010 UEFL season, he currently has 0 points in the 2011 UEFL season.

Update: Jerry Layne is out for the second game of the series between the Cubs and Rockies. Jerry Meals replaced Layne, and is the HP umpire for the second game.


Article: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110415&content_id=17804792&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13817859
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Ejections: Angel Hernandez (1)

HP Umpire Angel Hernandez ejected Padres Manager Bud Black for arguing a called second ball in the top of the 4th inning of the Reds-Padres game. With two out and three on, Reds batter Travis Wood took a 1-2 curveball from Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer for a called second ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located navel high and over the inner half of home plate. The subsequent pitch was correctly called strike three, resulting in the end of the inning. Black was ejected immediately following the strike three call, creating a post-at bat, post-inning ejection. Quality of Correctness for this ejection is correct under Rule 6.e.iii.d.* This ejection is Eligible for a Balls/Strikes exemption.** The call is correct.*** At the time of the ejection, the Reds were leading, 1-0. The Padres ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Angel Hernandez (55)'s first ejection of 2011.
Angel Hernandez now has 4 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call) = 4.
Angel Hernandez is owned as a Primary Umpire by MrBillMueller, who is now tied for 2nd place in the UEFL with 4 points.
Angel Hernandez is owned as a Primary Umpire by Ring_Tail, who is now tied for 2nd place in the UEFL with 4 points.
Angel Hernandez is owned as a Primary Umpire by ump_24, who is now tied for 2nd place in the UEFL with 4 points.
Angel Hernandez is owned as a Primary Umpire by yawetag, who is now in 1st place in the UEFL with 13 points.
Angel Hernandez is owned as a Secondary Umpire by BONZ_kansascity, who is now in 5th place in the UEFL with 3 points.
*The call is correct under Rule 6.e.iii.d.
**This ejection is eligible for a Balls/Strikes Exemption.
***Quality of Correctness was challenged and denied ("Correct" ==> "Correct").

This is the 7th ejection of 2011.
This is the 4th Manager ejection of 2011.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_04_13_cinmlb_sdnmlb_1

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13758821

Pitch f/x courtesy Brooks Baseball
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New Supervisors: Chuck Meriwether, Ed Montague

MLB has announced that Chuck Meriwether (14; retired-DL) and Ed Montague (11; retired) have been appointed Umpire Supervisors. They join current MLB Umpire Supervisors Cris Jones, Steve Palermo, Charlie Reliford, and Larry Young. They will work under Directors of Umpiring Randy Marsh and Rich Rieker. Click below for the official press release.

News: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20110413&content_id=17722000&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
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Ejections: Bob Davidson (1)

HP Umpire Bob Davidson ejected Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson for arguing a swing call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Cardinals-Diamondbacks game. With none out and two on, Diamondbacks batter Miguel Montero attempted to check his swing on a 0-0 curveball from Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter. Replays indicate Montero did not appear to have attempted to strike the pitch, the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Diamondbacks were leading, 5-3. The Diamondbacks ultimately won the contest, 13-8.

This is Bob Davidson (6)'s first ejection of 2011.
Bob Davidson now has -2 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (0 Previous + 2 MLB + -4 Incorrect Call) = -2.
Bob Davidson is owned as a Primary Umpire by BGMTOM, who is now tied for 34th place in the UEFL with -2 points.
Bob Davidson is owned as a Primary Umpire by Bino, who is now tied for 34th place in the UEFL with -2 points.
Bob Davidson is owned as a Secondary Umpire by BrooklynUmp, who is now tied for 36th place in the UEFL with -3 points.
*Quality of Correctness was challenged and denied ("Incorrect" ==> "Incorrect").

This is the 6th ejection of 2011.
This is the 3rd Manager ejection of 2011.
This is Kirk Gibson's first career ejection as a Manager.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_04_12_slnmlb_arimlb_1

Video #1: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13735415

Video #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcLhaZRkx44

Video #3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BKQufGhGBU

Video #4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbUFgMEtM9s