Most Noticeably Declining Umpire: Alfonso Marquez (72)
Alfonso Marquez is the Umpire Fantasy League's 2010 most noticeably declining umpire of the year. In his 12th Major League Baseball umpiring season, Marquez finished the 2010 season with three ejections and a 67% accuracy rating (2/3). Marquez was cited by several voters as declining in not only calling ability (accuracy: balls/strikes and accuracy: safe/out), but in attitude. Notably, on May 9, Marquez appeared to visibly discipline Astros catcher Humberto Quintero
, much to the displeasure of Astros Manager Brad Mills. Mills would be ejected by Marquez in the bottom of the 5th inning of that contest. Marquez also made an out call (interference) to end a game on September 5
, despite not appearing to look at the play as contact is alleged to have occurred (it is inconclusive whether contact did occur and whether this contact constituted interference under 7.09[h]). Marquez finished 2008 with four ejections [he only worked eight games at the Major League Level in 2009 and had zero ejections during those games].
Alfonso Marquez (72) now has 4 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League.
The next postseason award, Most Improved Umpire, will be released this afternoon.