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Major League Baseball umpires protest 'escalating verbal attacks' from players with white wristbands

22 August, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Umpire Joe West

The majority of umpires were wearing white wristbands during games on Saturday after Ian Kinsler, a second baseman with the Detroit Tigers was handed down a fine but not given a suspension for his verbal tirade on umpire Angel Hernandez.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was not impressed with the amount of the fine, saying that "it's a level nearly unheard of in fine for players".

These attacks? A reference to Ian Kinsler's comments from earlier in the week following a confrontation with umpire Angel Hernandez during Monday's game against the Texas Rangers. The following day, Kinsler criticized Hernandez by saying that the umpire had been messing with games in a blatant manner. "He's changing the game", Kinsler added. He needs to find another job. In any event, they wore white wristbands Saturday night as a sign of solidarity or whatever.

An ESPN survey in 2010 found that 22 percent of players surveyed called Hernandez the worst umpire in the league.

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On Sunday, the World Umpires Association announced through a number of tweets that the commissioner proposed holding a meeting with the union to discuss the concerns it had.

We appreciate the Commissioner's willingness to engage seriously on verbal attacks and other important issues that must be addressed. Instead, got far more lenient treatment. A press release on Saturday from the umpires said the "verbal attack on Angel denigrated the entire Major League Baseball umpiring staff and is unacceptable", and Kinsler received "lenient treatment" in being fined and not suspended.

"Ejections seem to be up, and we just feel like we need to band together and let people know that we are human beings", Miller said.

One day later, the wristbands were gone. It's a team sport. There [are] often arguments between players and umpires, managers and umpires, coaches and umpires, and it's part of the game. "To single out one player as a union is completely uncalled for", Ausmus said.

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Hernandez has been a big league umpire for almost a quarter-century. A spokesperson for the World Umpires Association did not immediately return requests for comment. They made the decision after Major League Baseball did not suspend Kinsler.

Hernandez worked the World Series in 2002 and 2005 but hasn't done it not since.

This isn't the first umpire-player incident this month in the majors.

"I'm surprised at how bad an umpire he is".

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