Major League Umpires wear white wrist bands in protest


As the media clashes over how best to deal with the Alt-Left who wants to rid of Confederate statues in a lame attempt to erase history, Major League Baseball umpires are launching a protest to reverse their own historical trend: getting screamed at.

Yes, from little league to the majors, telling the umpire he needs new glasses is a tale as old as the sport of baseball itself, and now, in 2017, the umpires have had enough.

The World Umpires Association, which represents the umps of the major leagues, announced Saturday that its members would be wearing white wrist bands “to protest escalating verbal attacks on umpires and their strong objection to the Office of the Commissioner’s response to the verbal attacks.”

The group tweeted a photo of Joe West, the most high-profile ump in baseball, wearing the wrist band before his game Saturday. The umps stand stems from two incidents that gleaned national media attention earlier this year, one of which involved West. In an interview with USA Today, West said that star player for the Texas Rangers Adrian Beltre was the biggest complainer in baseball.

“Every pitch you call that’s a strike, he says, ‘Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!'” West told USA Today. “I had a game with him recently and the pitch was right down the middle. He tells me, ‘That ball is outside.'”

The second incident was less docile. On Monday, Detroit Tigers second basemen Ian Kinsler still hadn’t gotten over a call made by head umpire Angel Hernandez that led to his ejection in the fifth inning. In a post game interview, Kinsler laid in to Hernandez:

“No, I’m surprised at how bad an umpire he is,” Kinsler said, per the Detroit News‘ Chris McCosky. “I don’t know how, for as many years he’s been in the league, that he can be that bad. He needs to re-evaluate his career choice, he really does. Bottom line.

“If I get fined for saying the truth, then so be it. He’s messing with baseball games, blatantly.”

There is absolutely nothing new about clashes between players, managers, and umps. The entertainment provided by grown men screaming at each other over a game forms part of the argument of baseball purists who wish to keep umpires rather than allow balls and strikes to be called electronically. So the timing of the protest and its content is rather strange.

It certainly didn’t change Kinsler’s stance, who was fined for his comments.

“I really don’t think too deeply into it. I hope they wear the white wristbands for the rest of their careers. I don’t care. I said what I felt and what I thought. If they take offense to that, that’s their problem.”

Watch the video of the umpire being screamed at by a player.


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