Major League Baseball umpires protesting Kinsler's non-suspension

Major League Baseball umpires protesting Kinsler's non-suspension

"This has to do with changing the game", Kinsler said.

Two of the four umpires working today's Tigers-Dodgers game wore white wristbands: Second base umpire Bill Miller and third base umpire Todd Tichenor.

The World Umpires Associated (WUA), the union that represents Major League Baseball umpires, released a statement on Saturday announcing that umpires have started wearing white wristbands in collective protest to what it calls 'escalating verbal attacks on umpires and their strong objection to the Office of the Commissioner's response to the verbal attacks'. He went on to explain that while Kinsler wasn't suspended the fine he received was an equally harsh punishment.

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 Office of the Commissioner's lenient treatment to abusive player behavior sends the wrong message to players and managers". "I had a game with him recently and the pitch was right down the middle".

The precipice for the armbands is Ian Kinsler's remarks on Wednesday. "I don't care. They can feel how they want to feel and I can feel how I want to feel".

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"That's just part of the puzzle,"Miller told a pool reporter following Saturday's game". He needs to re-evaluate his career choice, he really does.

"I have nothing to say about it", Kinsler said. "He shrugged this off and told reporters he has "no regrets" about his offensive statements calling for an end to Hernandez's career".

Kinsler's comments may have been in poor taste, but given the established in-game ramifications for challenging an umpire's decisions, it's hard to tell where the union wants Major League Baseball to start drawing the line.

Ausmus said he feels like, if anything, the protest should shine a spotlight on the umpires' interaction with Kinsler, so he doesn't fear any retribution, but he was still livid to see this action directed at one of his players.

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