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MLB Umpire Ejection Fantasy League
Ejections: Rob Drake (2, 3) 
1st-May-2010 08:59 pm
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HP Umpire Rob Drake ejected Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Manager Bud Black for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Brewers-Padres game. With none out and none on, Gonzalez took a 2-2 fastball from Brewers pitcher LaTroy Hawkins for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located belt high and on the inside corner, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Brewers were leading, 2-1. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 2-1.

These are Rob Drake (82)'s second and third ejections of 2010.
Rob Drake now has 3 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (-2 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 6).
Rob Drake is owned as a Primary Umpire by BSBALLUMP, who is now in 1st place in the UEFL with 6 points.

These are the 19th and 20th ejections of 2010.
This is the 11th player ejection of 2010.
This is the 9th Manager ejection of 2010.
Prior to his ejection, Gonzalez was 1-4 in the contest.
*Quality of Correctness was challenged and confirmed ("Correct" ==> "Correct"). Appeal Denied.

Wrap: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2010_05_01_milmlb_sdnmlb_1

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7783243

Pitch f/x courtesy Brooks Baseball
2nd-May-2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
The call was correct,but he didn't really handle that situation the best.

I didn't really see the "finger in the race" like the announcers indicated,but IF that was the case,poor choice on Drakes part.

Drake is a pretty good umpire,but it seems like he has attended the Brian Runge school of bating players..I have seen in the past when he was an AAA fill-in he would engage players in "discussion"

Can Joe West get a couple points for handling that situation professionally like a good Crew Chief/Umpire should...Cowboy Joe may be arrogant but he did a great job getting Gonzalez out of there..
2nd-May-2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
The finger pointing happened. Its not in the video, but in the original broadcast, they showed another camera angle which clearly had the finger pointing.
3rd-May-2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
Rob Drake seems to be molded after Bill Hohn in the "when in doubt throw them out" department. Hopefully some mentoring by cooler heads will change the path of his career.
2nd-May-2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
Rob Drake doesn't deserve for that call to be correct. He called a terrible game, and was inconsistent.
2nd-May-2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
I agree, watching this game, Drake had a horrible strike zone in this game calling pitches below the knees and 6 inches off the plate. Batters from both sides were complaining all night long, and this call should be incorrect based on all the bad ball/strike calls made prior to these ejections.
3rd-May-2010 04:44 am (UTC)
I challenge the rulling because the replay seems to indicate as does your own pitch track that it was about a half inch to inch off the plate therefore a ball and a incorect call

3rd-May-2010 05:06 am (UTC)
This ruling has been challenged.

After review, the Quality of Correctness has been confirmed. The call is now correct.

Upon initial examination, the pitch (#6) appeared to be located belt high and on the inside corner, a strike under Pro rules.

Upon further examination, including examination of the replay and real-time play, the determination of confirming the original Quality of Correctness was made. As previously mentioned, the pitch (#6) was located within the bounds of the strike zone, as illustrated by the Pitch f/x tool. The Pitch f/x plots the center of the baseball, with a margin of error no greater than one inch. As a regulation baseball is approximately three inches in diameter, at most, the center of the baseball was located no more than one and one fraction of an inch (approximately 1.1 inches) off of home plate, and at least, the center of the baseball was located no less than one fraction less than one inch (approximately 0.9 inches) over the plate. Assuming a margin of error of 0.0 inches, the baseball's center was located one fraction of an inch (approximately 0.1 inches) off of home plate. In all three potential scenarios, including that of the greatest possible margin of error, the inner edge of the baseball (at least 0.4 inches in the most extreme case [1.5 inches {baseball radius} minus 1.1 inches {center location under greatest possible positive margin of error} equals 0.4 inches], 1.4 inches in the no-error case, and 2.4 inches in the greatest possible negative margin of error case. In other words, under all scenarios, at least a fraction of the baseball was over the inside corner and inner half of home plate, which, by rule, is a strike.

3rd-May-2010 05:21 am (UTC)
Thank you for that explanation it was very educational and i got a better understanding of what we like to call borderline strikes

3rd-May-2010 06:39 am (UTC)
Drake shouldn't have pointed his finger in Gonzalez's face, but you can't argue balls and strikes, so Gonzalez deserved his ejection. However, also tossing Bud Black seemed a little excessive to me.

On another note, is that Dick Enberg doing a Padres game? My how the mighty have fallen.
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