Re: The "age" of diva umpires
The problem is, umpires should be above the fray (all authority figures should be). Their job responsibilities demand impartiality, and when they allow themselves to get emotional, they jeopardize that impartiality.
My expectation is that an umpire should not get involved in a shouting match with a player, should not wave his arms and argue with a player, or otherwise engage a player on an emotional level. When they do, they step out of the role of respected, impartial judge.
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