Originally Posted by Brutus
It seems being stern, authoritative and yelling back is being equated to something far more.
This is a fallacy and it's not what we're talking about.
If a guy is in the umps face, he should be stern, authoritative and if he must, yell back.
What we've seen in a week's worth of incidents:
An ump chasing a player back to the bench to continue the argument. The ump's call in that situation should be "play ball." Nothing authoritative about continuing the argument on the umps part. The player was off the field and there was nothing stopping the game from moving forward other than the ump.
An ump making a mocking gesture toward a player who was showing frustration and then throwing that player out when he threw his helmet down. Nothing authoritative there. Looked like a guy who got his little feelings hurt and reacted based on that. Wah, wah, wah!
A team of umps ignoring the evidence that the replay, that the games powers have provided for in the rules (not just one, but all four???), clearly showed. If four umps really missed that, they must be horrible umps. Either way, they look horrible.
Another team of umps not knowing the rules.
None of these are examples of a guy missing a "bang-bang" play or an ump being authoritative. Continuing arguments and acting as the instigator, mocking, ignoring the rules and not knowing the rules. Fans have a gripe and the umps need to improve.
This isn't about the calls, whether its true or not, it appears that these umps think they are above it all. Three of these incidents are examples of umps misbehaving, and appear to be abusing their authority IMO. In the case of not knowing the rules, it's just kind of pathetic.
Some of these guys make over $350K per season. Baseball can't expect perfection, but for that kind of money, there should be a standard for on-field behavior. Chasing after an argument, mocking gestures, and other such behavior should be strictly out of bounds and they don't really need multiple chances IMO and when a guy is being paid to enforce the rules of the game, there simply isn't an excuse for not knowing them (or ignoring them as I believe was the case in the replay). It's a joke. The pitching change rule isn't exactly obscure.