MLB Umpires Protest "Abusive" Player Treatment By Wearing Wristbands
MLB umpires yesterday during games wore white wristbands to protest "abusive player behavior" after Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler was "fined but not suspended for his recent verbal tirade against ump Angel Hernandez." The World Umpires Association "announced the action, saying the union strongly objected" the response of the commissioner's office. Blue Jays 2B Darwin Barney said, "Whether you're a player, an umpire, a scorekeeper, there's two sides to everything. They are allowed to protest. Good for them" (AP, 8/19). But Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called the union's action "petty." Ausmus said, "There are often arguments between players and umpires, managers and umpires, coaches and umpires, and it's part of the game. To single out one player as a union is completely uncalled for" (DETROIT NEWS, 8/20).