Umpires one day protest a window to MLB issues
August 22, 2017 3:04 AM
by Ramon Scott
Major League umpires are mad as heck, and they’re not going to take it anymore.
Or maybe they are?
MLB Umpires took to their own form of social protest on Saturday, some crew chiefs wearing wristbands to bring attention to what their union is calling “Abusive Player Behavior.”
A day later, the blues seemed over it.
The hub-bub came about after Detroit’s Ian Kinsler made comments about veteran arbiter Angel Hernandez, routinely lauded as one of game’s least popular umpires, and that he needs to “just go away.”
It would seem blue has it easier these days with the advent of instant replay correcting all their errors. Players wish they could do the same.
If they are so sensitive maybe they should lead the charge for the electronic strike zone. I tell you one place they could test out the “ESZ” is at the Little League World Series.
If these guys would widen their zone like some of these amateur blues, that would keep some of the scores down. Make these guys swing the bat and stop making all those middle relievers’ lives so miserable.
Or if some of the guys would just check their egos at the door and earn the respect of the players and managers that could level the tension a little.
I mean, there has to be a reason everybody’s eyes roll when the same names are mentioned incident after incident.
After the Commissioner agreed to meet with Union representatives addressing umpires’ concerns, the blues agreed to remove the wristbands, or whatever they were.
It’s about time umpires are graded on performance in relation to their peers. Keeping some less-than-elite workers has an effect on your world-class product.
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