MLB Umpires Wear White Wristbands In Protest Of Treatment

MLB Umpires Wear White Wristbands In Protest Of Treatment

But the Office of the Commissioner must protect our integrity when we are unfairly attacked simply for doing our jobs.

"This week, a player publicly and harshly impugned the character and integrity of Angel Hernandez - a veteran umpire who has dedicated his career to baseball and the community", the World Umpires Association said in a statement. The incident was one that prompted many questions after the game and subsequent games with Kinsler not holding back his feelings about Hernandez as an umpire.

Kinsler, who was ejected for arguing balls and strikes Monday, later said Hernandez "needs to find another job" and is "messing with baseball games, blatantly".

"I've been a part of many arguments, and there are many things said both ways, player to umpire and umpire to player". The player denigrated Hernandez publicly said he thought he would be suspended. Instead, got far more lenient treatment.

Kinsler was fined for his comments, but did not receive a suspension. He shrugged that off and told reporters that he has "no regrets" about his offensive statements calling for an end to Hernandez's career.


Interestingly, West is president of the World Umpires Association.

That prompted the Saturday statement and action from major league umpires.

Second base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller and third base umpire Todd Tichenor wore white wristbands during Saturday's game at Comerica Park. "Ejections seem to be up, and we just feel like we need to band together and let people know that we are human beings".

West was behind the plate for the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs, and of course there would be a situation involving the umpire and a player.

"The one great thing about Major League umpires - and I've experienced this as a player and a manager - is if you get in an argument with an umpire, they're very good at putting it behind them".

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