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Postby raygunpunx » Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:35 pm

Back in the old days umpires were not confrontational at all. They pretty much let the players say their piece and the ump would walk away from the player. Nowadays its like they feel like they need to be part of the game. They will throw a player out over the slightest thing and they seem to walk towards many players instead of away. In other sports the refs let players and or coaches vent as long as its within reason.

My question is why won't Selig address this issue?
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Re: Todays Umpires

Postby hwiggen » Sat Jul 28, 2007 12:35 am

I'm not so sure the umps are that much different than in the past. There's a couple guys, Angel Hernandez comes to mind, who seem to go out of their way to find the spotlight but my thinking is that there's so much more TV coverage that umpire confrontations are noticed more often nowdays.
I seem to remember umpires yelling right back at managers like Billy Martin and Earl Weaver.
And what was the guys name who wrote The Umpire Strikes Back? He was no stranger to confrontation.
There was a Cardinals game in '79 or '80 and Ted Simmons was at bat. He took a couple called strikes and was barking at the umpire but not really causing a big scene. Same at bat, he hits a home run, rounds the bases, steps on home plate and, without a word, tips his cap (helmet) to the umpire and the ump threw him out on the spot. Now that's confrontational.
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