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MLB Umpire Ejection Fantasy League
2010 Most Declining Umpire: Alfonso Marquez 
3rd-Nov-2010 07:00 am
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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.
3rd-Nov-2010 08:38 pm (UTC) - Really ?
I don't agree.....Alfonso is a very good umpire...with Hunter on the MLB staff....he should be the clear cut winner of such a "prestigious" award. Alfonso has had great years in the past. Hopefully 2010 is just a blip on the screen.
4th-Nov-2010 02:56 am (UTC) - Re: Really ?
To decline from something that means you had to have been at a high level at one time. When was Hunter Wendelstedt ever at a high level of anything? There's not much for him to decline from. He's just a bad umpire. Alfonso Marquez on the other hand has shown flashes of being good in the past, and he had a terrible year. So I think he's a good choice in this category.
4th-Nov-2010 03:08 am (UTC)
I think West or Wendelstedt was in the running for Worst of the year, but Davidson got that nod, rightly so. As another poster said, noticeably declining means you had to start at a noticeably higher level last year, which is something Wendelstedt and West did not do. Marquez, on the other hand, did.
4th-Nov-2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
...I guess declining implies that he is on his way down....I don't believe Alfonso is on his way down....just a tough year from a normally very good umpire.
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