Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
I think umpires tolerate a lot in regard to ball and strike calls. Batters/players say things and some make it obvious with body language that they are not happy. However, we rarely see ejections for this despite what is clearly written in the rulebook.
Now let me say a thing or two about the author of the link, Adam Wells...
A history? Hirschbeck was the umpire that was spit in the face by Roberto Alomar in 1996. A Baltimore team managed by Davey Johnson. There is that HISTORY.
Just to send a message? Really. I do not read that in Hirschbeck's comments regarding the ejection for violating rule 9.02(a). Perhaps Harper got THE MESSAGE that he violated rule 9.02(a). And perhaps his manager/coaches will send him A MESSAGE that one AB is not as important as the 3-4 add'l ABs he'll have for their team.
Me thinks Wells wants to send a message that he does not like umpires and is doing a poor job of making his point. Too bad this young journalist does not have a rule 9.02(a) that ejects him for poorly written articles.
I can't like this one enough. I get it that fans get mad at umps. That's NEVER going to change. But players getting mad and showing it is a whole different thing. The assertions in that article are just flat out laughable.
The people that argue that MLB umps are the worst officials in professional sports...need to reevaluate that assessment. The quality of umps today compared to what it was even just 20 years ago is astounding IMO. And today's players get away with quite a bit more than they used to as well. I'm not an "umpire apologist"...I'm just not going to side with the fans and players blindly is all. The argument "just get the call right" is much easier said than done...and almost always said by someone who's never even attempted to "just get the call right" first hand.