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2007-09-04 18:01
by Bob Timmermann

Catcher's Interference Calls of 2007

Date Batter Catcher Umpire Batter's team Catcher's team
April 4 Edwin Encarnacion1 Michael Barrett Bob Davidson Cincinnati Chicago N
April 15 Rafael Furcal Rob Bowen Angel Hernandez Los Angeles N San Diego
April 16 Andre Ethier Miguel Montero Brian Gorman Los Angeles N Arizona
April 19 Eric Byrnes (RBI) Rob Bowen Doug Eddings Arizona San Diego
April 24 Darin Erstad John Buck Larry Young Chicago A Kansas City
April 25 Miguel Tejada Jason Varitek Angel Hernandez Baltimore Boston
April 27 Edwin Encarnacion2 Ronny Paulino Laz Diaz Cincinnati Pittsburgh
April 28 Dave Roberts Miguel Montero Chuck Meriwether San Francisco Arizona
May 1 Rod Barajas Brian McCann Joe West Philadelphia Atlanta
May 4 Andre Ethier Brian McCann Randy Marsh Los Angeles N Atlanta
May 9 Shawn Green Eliezer Alfonzo Bruce Froemming New York N San Francisco
May 9 Travis Hafner Mike Napoli Ted Barrett Cleveland Los Angeles A
May 17 Darin Erstad Jorge Posada Angel Hernandez Chicago A New York A
June 3 Carl Crawford1 Jason LaRue Joe West Tampa Bay Kansas City
June 16 Edwin Encarnacion3 Gerald Laird Ron Kulpa Cincinnati Texas
June 22 Edwin Encarnacion4 Jamie Burke Mike Winters Cincinnati Seattle
July 3 Travis Hafner Ivan Rodriguez Derryl Cousins Cleveland Detroit
July 7 Carl Crawford2 John Buck James Hoye Tampa Bay Kansas City
July 15 Carl Crawford3 Jorge Posada CB Bucknor Tampa Bay New York A
July 22 Alex Gordon* Mike Rabelo Dan Iassogna Kansas City Detroit
July 27 Magglio Ordonez (RBI) Mike Napoli Bill Miller Detroit Los Angeles A
August 4 Nelson Cruz (RBI) Gregg Zaun Greg Gibson Texas Toronto
August 13 Mark Kotsay Ivan Rodriguez Derryl Cousins Oakland Detroit
September 4 Hideki Matsui Kenji Johjima Greg Gibson New York A Seattle
September 30 Jose Guillen Guillermo Quiroz Bill Miller Seattle Texas


2007-05-10 12:10:09
1.   El Lay Dave
Nice. Do you mean twice for three catchers?
2007-05-10 12:19:26
2.   Bob Timmermann
Yes, I fixed that.
2007-05-10 13:45:30
3.   Andrew Shimmin
Where's the love for Angel Hernandez? He's the only ump to make the list twice. Don't start hating on the UUweU.
2007-05-10 15:02:33
4.   ToyCannon
So that is why Edwin got sent down. Andre's job no longer looks secure.
2007-05-10 16:50:47
5.   Zak
Yay, the Dodgers lead the league. Do we get a certain seeding in the playoffs?
2007-05-10 17:06:48
6.   El Lay Dave
5 NOW I know what Eddie Murray's coaching is all about.
2007-05-17 14:44:05
7.   Andrew Shimmin
Angel Hernandez is a golden G-d.
2007-05-17 14:56:39
8.   El Lay Dave
I want to use this as proof of Darin Erstad's grittiness, but I heard of Edwin Encarnacion being questioned on his grittiness level.
2007-05-17 16:25:07
9.   Xeifrank
besides bats hitting the catchers glove, what else does catchers interference correlate highly with? vr, Xei
2007-05-17 16:48:59
10.   Bob Timmermann
One announcer, and I have no idea if this is true, says that catcher's interference happens most commonly when a pitcher throws a ball that breaks late and the catcher tries to grab it.

And obviously you need a batter who stands deep in the box.

2007-06-22 22:04:28
11.   Greg Brock
10 I got hit in the elbow reaching for a curve. It's usually the big breaking stuff. It hurt.

Congratulations on a big night.

2007-06-22 22:15:20
12.   overkill94
I've always wondered...

Couldn't a batter get a CI whenever he wanted by exaggerating the beginning of his swing? The catcher sets up with the assumption that the batter will take a normal swing, but what if you give both arms full extension to the rear and swing a bit late? Seems like an automatic base to me. Sure you'd get plunked your next time up, but if it's a bases loaded situation late in a game I still think it's worth it.

2007-07-03 18:31:36
13.   Sam DC
Ookay, so there I was reading along thinking, "gosh, I could swear folks made these same jokes in the comments the last time we went through this drill," and that's when I realized I'm an idiot.
2007-07-03 21:24:39
14.   Gen3Blue
Andre's good but Edwin's better.
2007-07-03 22:55:07
15.   das411
Chocolate Pudge!!

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2007-07-15 16:43:30
16.   BruceR
13 Sam, from the file marked "Misery Loves Company"...thanks for making me feel better.
2007-07-27 22:04:07
17.   El Lay Dave
Thanks especially to reader El Lay Dave for emailing me the news.

You are welcome; however, thanks also to Dodger Thoughts commentor confucious for posting it in DT. I was just the expeditor.

2007-07-28 04:04:32
18.   benberg09
In fact, the CI on Rob Bowen from Eric Byrnes on April 19 came with the bases loaded.
2007-08-04 11:26:40
19.   Daniel Zappala
I could swear Gregg Zaun played for the Blue Jays and not the Angels.
2007-08-04 11:39:53
20.   Bob Timmermann
And so he does. I was just typing over the last one which was remarkably similar.
2007-08-07 21:44:30
21.   Gagne55
Did you and Ken decide you were going to post the same title at the same time?
2007-08-07 21:53:11
22.   Ken Arneson
No, I just copied him.

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