Re: The "age" of diva umpires
Originally Posted by nmculbreth
The problem is that these "warnings" are being issued in a confrontational manner and rather than diffusing the situation they're provoking further reaction from the players.
I've never officiated a baseball game but as an English speaking human being I can say walking toward a player exiting the field saying "throw the ball over the f*ing plate" is not the sort of phrase one uses when to diffuse a situation and keep a player in the game. Even if you omit the profanity it's still clearly an incendiary phrase which does nothing but lead to further escalation of the conflict.
The same can be said for the Harper / Hirschbeck situation. I think we can all concede that Harper handled the situation poorly but so did Hirschbeck. Say what you will, I don't know how anyone could say that an umpire throwing his hands up in the air to mock Harper's reaction, trying to stare down Harper and running down the line yelling is the sort of response one has when trying to keep a situation from escalating.
The goal of being more lenient by issuing warnings is laudable, unfortunately the execution leaves a lot to be desired.
Years ago I got pulled over for running a red light. A cop came to my car and took my license and registration, ran it through his computer and found out I was not wanted for anything and didn't have much of a driving history. He came back to my car and told me he was going to give me a warning but then tossed my license and registration back at me and told me "next time get your ""blanking"" head out of your ass". Now I was thrilled the cop was nice enough not to give me a ticket. The cop was certainly within his right to give me a ticket because I deserved it. The cop also very well could have gave me the warning in a very nice gentleman like manner witout the rude vulgarity that he used towards me but I was a big boy and I kinda got over it because I was not stuck with having to pay a ticket. Sadly there are many people out there in todays world that would probally go ballistic on the cop or at the very least file a complaint against him for using such horrific language in their presence, even though the cop like the umpires we have been discussing was doing them a favor by not giving them a ticket.
Like I said in the post above, no more warnings. Just eject.
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard