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Major League Baseball umpires wear white wristbands to protest 'escalating verbal attacks'

22 August, 2017, 01:27 | Author: Christina Hansen
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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.

It specifically mentioned Kinsler, who was ejected from a game against the Texas Rangers this past week after he questioned the judgment of Umpire Angel Hernadez, who was behind the plate.

Kinsler said on Friday he was fined by Major League Baseball but declined to disclose the amount.

Ausmus called Kinsler's fine the biggest he has seen during his career and termed the umpires' protest as "petty". Umpires believed that Kinsler should have been suspended for his actions, and that a fine was merely a slap on the wrist. So I don't want to hear that he's not being punished. "I'm not going to put a number on it but it's the biggest I've ever seen". An undisclosed fine was announced before Friday's game, and Kinsler told reporters he didn't regret saying what he said - which also included, "I don't know, for as many years as he's been in the league, he can be that bad". The verbal attack on Angel denigrated the entire Major League Baseball umpiring staff and is unacceptable.

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The umpires union is apparently satisfied for the moment with Manfred's offer to meet with their governing board, enough to nix their public show of dissent.

"I see the umpire thing differently". Instead, got far more lenient treatment.

According to the statement released from the Association's unverified account, which was created in August following Joe West's suspension, the group issued a "strong objection to the Office of the Commissioner's response to the verbal attacks". A spokesperson for the World Umpires Association did not immediately return requests for comment.

One day later, the wristbands were gone. There [are] often arguments between players and umpires, managers and umpires, coaches and umpires, and it's part of the game. "It's "open season" on umpires, and that's bad for the game".

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A union representative did not return phone calls.

"This is in support of major-league umpires".

Hernandez has been a big league umpire for almost a quarter-century. Umpires have to be beyond reproach on the topic of impartiality.

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