Ump union blasts Major League Baseball for Kinsler's 'lenient' punishment

Ump union blasts Major League Baseball for Kinsler's 'lenient' punishment

Ump union blasts Major League Baseball for Kinsler's 'lenient' punishment

The World Umpires Association announced Saturday that all umpires would wear a white armband to protest "escalating verbal attacks".

There is some thought the wristband wearing came about because Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined and not suspended for derogatory remarks Tuesday about umpire Angel Hernandez.

After being ejected for arguing a strike call, Kinsler spoke out in a post-game interview, saying the veteran umpire "needs to find another job" and just "go away".

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Some umpires across the league wore white arm bands on Saturday to indicate they were not happy Kinsler was not suspended for his harsh criticism of Hernandez earlier this week. Sounds more like "protest" is being spelled h-y-p-o-c-r-i-t-e these days. "I don't really care to be honest with you".

According to their statement, the umpires felt that Kinsler "publicly and harshly impugned the character and integrity" of Hernandez, who is suing the league in a separate matter, and that the Commissioner's office treatment of the matter amounts to "open season" on umpires. The verbal attack on Angel denigrated the entire Major League Baseball umpiring staff and is unacceptable.

"The Office of the Commissioner has failed to address this and other escalating attacks on umpires". "The Office of the Commissioner's lenient treatment to abusive player behavior sends the wrong message to players and managers". He shrugged that off and told reporters that he has "no regrets" about his offensive statements calling for an end to Hernandez's career.

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The home and first-base umpires in Saturday's Dodgers-Tigers game are not wearing the armband, while the second and third base umpires are.

Interestingly, West is president of the World Umpires Association.

The WUA, the union representing Major League Baseball umpires, said the "lenient treatment to an abusive player" sends the wrong message.

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