Animation of a pixelated umpire shooting red lasers from its eyes

Artist's depiction of a rogue umpire incinerating a Blaseball player[1] by @SentientGum

Incinerations are an event that in which a Rogue Umpire kills a Blaseball player under the dim light of a Solar Eclipse. This forces the team to permanently replace the incinerated player immediately. Any fielded players on any team is at risk of incineration: it can target outfielders, but cannot target benched pitchers, for instance. Currently, the only known ways to prevent incineration is via Modifications, such as Fireproof.

There is no given reason for any particular incineration. Though incinerations are performed by presumably sentient beings (rogue umpires) who possess thought and reason, some fans also consider umpires to be akin to a force of nature, and that their reasons for incineration are either purely chaotic, or exceedingly complex beyond human comprehension. There has been no known causal link to predict which players get incinerated.

One player has recovered from incineration.


History

The first incineration was bestowed upon the Seattle Garages's star pitcher Jaylen Hotdogfingers at the end of Season 1, during the events of Opening the Forbidden Book.

From Season 2 and beyond, incinerations became a regular feature of everyday Blaseball games, claiming the lives of dozens of Blaseball players. Incinerations that occur during a match will always result in the bereaved team announcing a new player to replace the incinerated one immediately.

Early in Season 2, fans theorized that incinerated players may not necessarily be dead, and have the potential to return later. However, later announcements from The Commissioner have since been clear that incinerated players are indeed deceased.[2] Some announcements have also claimed that "investigations" reveal that incinerated players have actually died to "natural causes,"[3] a claim that is not independently confirmed.

In the Bloodhouse, Umpire Chaff was asked if an umpire would ever incinerate another umpire. Chaff responded: "IF IT CAME TO IT."[4]

The Resurrection of Jaylen Hotdogfingers

See the main article on this topic: Jaylen Hotdogfingers

At the end of Season 6, Jaylen Hotdogfingers became the first player to return from death, after a lengthy and coordinated process engineered by Blaseball fans across all teams. Hotdogfingers returned to the Seattle Garages bearing the modifications Returned and Debted, as well as the postgame ritual, "Checking their pulse" — all of which are first-time appearances further emphasizing the gravity of this feat.

Occurrences

The following tables list all incinerations in current documentation. See also: Category:Incinerated Players.

Incinerations Count
Season 2 17
Season 3 28
Season 4 7
Season 5 2
Season 6 4
Season 7 14
Total 72

Season 3

Player Team Date Replaced by Opponent
Rhys Trombone Hellmouth Sunbeams Day 2 Dudley Mueller Seattle Garages
Bennett Browning Seattle Garages Day 4 Tiana Cash Hellmouth Sunbeams
Bryanayah Chang Boston Flowers Day 5 Hotbox Sato New York Millennials
Juan Rangel Philly Pies Day 5 Eduardo Woodman Hades Tigers
Paul Barnes San Francisco Lovers Day 5 Sandford Garner Dallas Steaks
Theodore Passon Miami Dale Day 6 Sixpack Santiago Breckenridge Jazz Hands
Miguel Javier San Francisco Lovers Day 11 Kennedy Meh Chicago Firefighters
Chorby Soul New York Millennials Day 14 Sandie Turner Charleston Shoe Thieves
Natha Kath Los Angeles Tacos Day 16 Emmett Owens Kansas City Breath Mints
Kennedy Alstott Canada Moist Talkers Day 19 Lachlan Shelton Philly Pies
Velasquez Meadows Hellmouth Sunbeams Day 23 Alexander Horne Breckenridge Jazz Hands
Ogden Mendoza Breckenridge Jazz Hands Day 23 August Sky Hellmouth Sunbeams
Sebastian Townsend Charleston Shoe Thieves Day 40 Atlas Jonbois Hawaii Fridays
Atlas Jonbois Charleston Shoe Thieves Day 43 Sebastian Woodman Hellmouth Sunbeams
Tyler Violet Canada Moist Talkers Day 44 Ziwa Mueller Boston Flowers
Tiana Cash Seattle Garages Day 47 Greer Gwiffin Houston Spies
Jorge Ito Boston Flowers Day 47 Caligula Lotus New York Millennials
Matteo Prestige Charleston Shoe Thieves Day 57 Gunther O'Brian Kansas City Breath Mints
Sam Solis Hawaii Fridays Day 67 Evelton McBlase Charleston Shoe Thieves
Shaquille Torres Seattle Garages Day 74 Cedric Spliff Houston Spies
Blankenship Fischer Charleston Shoe Thieves Day 75 Blood Hamburger Los Angeles Tacos
Miki Santana Houston Spies Day 76 Fitzgerald Blackburn Seattle Garages
Hendricks Rangel Hawaii Fridays Day 76 Basilio Fig Los Angeles Tacos
Sebastian Sunshine Hawaii Fridays Day 76 Juice Collins Los Angeles Tacos
Derrick Krueger Seattle Garages Day 80 Henry Marshallow Miami Dale
Isaac Rubberman Boston Flowers Day 82 Vito Kravitz Dallas Steaks
Langley Wheeler Dallas Steaks Day 103* Kline Greenlemon New York Millennials
Landry Violence Hades Tigers Day 110* Paula Turnip New York Millennials
* Denotes postseason games

Season 8

Player Team Date Replaced by Opponent
Hobbs Cain Philly Pies Day 10 Rai Spliff Hades Tigers
José Haley Chicago Firefighters Day 36 Goobie Ballson San Francisco Lovers
Umpire Husky* n/a Day 94 Umpire Steel Raúl Leal
*On the Day 94 game between the Baltimore Crabs and Miami Dale, a Rogue Umpire attempted to incinerate Beck Whitney. However, in the previous season's elections, Raúl Leal received the Iffey Jr., which came with the modification Fire Protector, protecting the whole team from incinerations. As such, the attempted incineration backfired on the Rogue Umpire, incinerating them instead.


COMMUNITY LORE

The remainder of this article contains lore created collaboratively by the Blaseball community.

Response

Edited photo of a human umpire shooting lasers from his eyes.

Artist's depiction of a rogue umpire incinerating a Blaseball player[1]

Blaseball fans will sometimes refer to incinerated players as "called up" or "sunkist," for the benefit of more innocent fans, or the self-benefit of personal denial regarding the player's grim fate.

Research

Thanks to the resurrection of Jaylen Hotdogfingers, it is now known that the souls of incinerated players reside in the void. Previously, there had been several failed attempts to locate them in Hades. Should a player die by any means other than incineration, it is believed they may be consigned to The Dugout for all of eternity and never know true rest.

It has been observed that incinerations only occur during Solar Eclipse weather. The implications of this are unknown, but it is speculated that there is a direct link between the position of the sun and rogue umpires (or potentially, all umpires).


Failed Incinerations

The first instance of a failed incineration occurred on Day 94 of Season 8, during Dale vs Crabs Game 1 of 3. A rogue umpire attempted to incinerate Beck Whitney, unaware that her team had been gifted the inconspicuously mighty Iffy Jr. Onlookers recall that Raúl Leal "chucked the Iffy" from the dugout, "beaning the ump full-on in the dome." The umpire fired wide, narrowly missing a concession stand, and Whitney fell upon the umpire with righteous fury, carrying out the smiting effortlessly.

"The look on his un-face..." muttered one, smiling wryly.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Reminder that the true appearance of umpires is yet unknown.
  2. The Commissioner [@blaseball] (31 Jul 2020). "We regret to inform the ILB community of the sudden passing of Miami Dale star Aldon Anthony during a game early this morning. An investigation is ongoing." (Tweet) - via Twitter.
  3. The Commissioner [@blaseball] (31 Jul 2020). "Investigators have determined Aldon Anthony passed due to natural causes. Love and Light to their family, the Dale community, and the entire ILB family. #YesPlz #blaseball" (Tweet) - via Twitter.
  4. Umpire Chaff [ump_chaff] (29 Jul 2020). (Message) - via #bloodhouse, Blaseball Discord.



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