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good for baseball
overdue but it's a start
Should have started with Angel Hernandez, just as a matter of principal.
Also -- seriously, they put "sustains injury or illness" in the rule? How can you "sustain illness" after reaching the mound?
Two things at play for why it wasn't Hernandez. First, the HR call is an umpire's discretion rule, I believe. As such, you can't say he misapplied the rule. Second, anything outside of clear cut failure to apply the rule book - such as last night's silliness - would lead to a fight with the umpire's union that MLB might not want to have.
So if the pitcher comes in, and picks off runner for the third out, he doesn't have to pitch the next inning, right? But if he picks off runner for the first or second out, he's still on the hook?
How can you "sustain illness" after reaching the mound?
"Um, so my guy just #### his pants and needs to get to the bathroom stat, man. No, he literally #### his pants..."
Haven't a few pitchers swallowed tobacco juice and yakked on the mound?
Porter issued a public apology Friday afternoon for making an illegal pitching change. The first-year manager was adamant following the game that he was allowed to make a pitching change because the Angels had brought in a pinch-hitter after Wright was announced as being in the game, but he was informed later that night Wright should have faced the batter.
"I would say the first thing is me, personally, I want to apologize to their whole crew for putting them in that position," Porter said Friday. "And it's unfortunate for the game of baseball, but at the same time, I had a chance to speak to [Culbreth] last night after the fact, and he called over and I stand corrected of my thought process and interpretation of what it is I believed the rule to be. I want to give them my apology, and I wish the whole thing never happened."
Porter said following the game that he'd been in a meeting last year with Nationals manager Davey Johnson that laid out the rule. Porter was Washington's third-base coach at the time.
"If you have to pinch-hit for that batter, you now have the right to bring in another pitcher," Porter said following Thursday's game. "Technically, Wesley came in to pitch to the batter that was scheduled to hit [Shuck]. But [Jimenez] pinch-hit for the batter that was scheduled to hit, which, from my understanding of the rule, you can bring in another pitcher to face the pinch-hitter."
####### seriously how do you become a ML manager and not know that rule?
I would find it hard to believe that they did. A whole crew couldn't get this one wrong, could they?
Somehow, all four umpires — Adrian Johnson, Fieldin Culbreth, Brian O’Nora and Bill Welke — missed one of the oldest rules in baseball.
An incredulous Mike Scioscia came out of the Angels dugout to explain the rule to the umps who huddled twice and still didn’t correct their — and Porter’s — mistake. Scioscia played the game under protest but his team went on to a 6-5 win.
An incredulous Mike Scioscia came out of the Angels dugout to explain the rule to the umps who huddled twice and still didn’t correct their — and Porter’s — mistake
It's just baffling. I feel like the only five adults in the stadium who didn't know the rule were Porter and the four umpires.
Hernandez was acting crew chief. Dana Demuth is chief of that crew but on some sort of leave, returning Monday.
The scheduling needs of umpires and referees differ from the needs of sports teams. In some sports leagues, such as Major League Baseball in the United States, umpires travel throughout the league's territory; they do not have a “home base.” For such leagues, balancing the need to minimize umpire travel and the objective that an umpire should not handle the games of a particular team too frequently is important. We have used our approach, which is based on network optimization and simulated annealing, to successfully schedule Major League Baseball umpires. To develop this approach, we created the traveling umpire problem, which includes the major umpire scheduling issues and also provides a test bed for alternative techniques. [...]
Thomas E. Lepperd, Director, Umpire Administration, writes: “This is to confirm that Major League Baseball used assignment schedules for our umpires for the 2006, 2008, and 2009 playing seasons that were created by a team led by Michael Trick. We have found their process to be significantly easier, more efficient, and able to produce much better results than our prior process.”
which is based on network optimization and simulated annealing
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