Re: The "age" of diva umpires
Originally Posted by mth123
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!
Keep in mind in both these instances the players could have been automatically ejected as per the rule book for their behavior. As I have stated before, the umpires were the good guys here and practiced "preventive umpiring" by trying to diffuse a situation to keep them in the game. If your part of the crowd that doesn't appreciate this kind gesture on the part of the umpires then lets return to the old days where the players were dumped immediately without warning, no questions asked.
"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