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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gearrin, Servais mystified by umpire rules check

Mariners reliever Cory Gearrin remains confused as to why his delivery was questioned by the umpire crew before he even threw a pitch in Seattle’s 6-5, 10-inning win over the A’s on Monday, but he’s not alone in that regard.

The game was stopped after Gearrin threw his warmup pitches upon being summoned with no outs in the top of the sixth, after starter Yusei Kikuchi gave up a solo home run to Matt Olson that pushed the A’s to a 2-1 lead.

Home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn went to the mound to tell the eight-year Major League veteran that the “toe tap” in his delivery, part of the timing mechanism he uses in his motion, was illegal.

That brought Mariners manager Scott Servais out of the dugout for an animated conversation with the umpires, with first-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth eventually getting on the headset with New York to ask for a rules check.

The specific question regarded Rule 5.07(a), which states, “The pitcher may not take a second step toward home plate with either foot or otherwise reset his pivot foot in his delivery of the pitch. If there is a runner, or runners, on base it is a balk under Rule 6.02(a); if the bases are unoccupied it is an illegal pitch under Rule 6.02(b).”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bug Selig Posted: May 15, 2019 at 01:06 PM (#5842333)
Carter Capps' "Let's invent a new game" delivery is cool. No toe-tapping, though. Thanks, MLB.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 15, 2019 at 02:02 PM (#5842357)
In which I learn that Cory Gearrin has apparently pitched in the majors for eight years. Yay, anonymous relievers.
   3. Itchy Row Posted: May 15, 2019 at 02:15 PM (#5842363)
Gearrin is among the leaders in appearances this year, which gives him one Gray Ink point. If he can stay in the top ten this year and then do it again each of the next 184 seasons, he'll have as much Gray Ink as the average HOFer.
   4. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 15, 2019 at 02:54 PM (#5842388)
The relievers aren't anonymous, they're as real as every other player.

If you don't know who relievers are, maybe your lack of observation is the problem.
   5. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 15, 2019 at 03:02 PM (#5842397)
Relievers are not any more anonymous than fifth outfielders or utility infielders. But each team uses 20 of them a year so there's an awful lot of anonymous players out there now.
   6. Man o' Schwar Posted: May 15, 2019 at 04:20 PM (#5842475)
In which I learn that Cory Gearrin has apparently pitched in the majors for eight years. Yay, anonymous relievers.

No way. 291 career appearances, and this is the first I've heard of him too.

And he pitched 3 years in SF, where I live. I still never heard of him. I guess that's what I get for never watching the local news.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 04:47 PM (#5842498)
Relievers are not any more anonymous than fifth outfielders or utility infielders. But each team uses 20 of them a year so there's an awful lot of anonymous players out there now.

Well, there are no more 5th OF, since everyone carries 7-8 RPs, but you're right, they are no more anonymous than the 4th or 5th bench player. But they make up 20% of the roster.

Seriously, my own team (Yankees) has already used 4 RPs I've never heard of: Tarpley, Harvey, Barrett, and Cortes.
   8. . Posted: May 15, 2019 at 04:55 PM (#5842501)
I've only heard of Gearrin because he pitched for the Giants a handful of years. I've actually probably seen him pitch in person, but don't remember.

So he's moved from Anonymous to Indistinguishable. Progress!!
   9. Davo Posted: May 15, 2019 at 04:56 PM (#5842502)
Nestor Cortes had some video game numbers as a starter in the minors in 2017. But he’s short and doesn’t throw hard. So the Orioles picked him up in the Rule 5 Draft from the Yankees in spring 2018, but he stank and they didn’t want to waste a roster spot so he’s back in New York.

There! I know something!
   10. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:04 PM (#5842503)
4 RPs I've never heard of: Tarpley, Harvey, Barrett, and Cortes.

Roy, Bryan, Michael, and Hernan de Monroy y Pizarro Altamirano, Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca?
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:16 PM (#5842513)

Roy, Bryan, Michael, and Hernan de Monroy y Pizarro Altamirano, Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca?


Correct. 500 y.o. RPs are the new market inefficiency.
   12. bobm Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 PM (#5842531)
[10] Hernan de Monroy y Pizarro Altamirano, Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca

They burned the bullpen car when he reached the mound, so he would be well motivated.

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