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What is going to be done about the umpires?

Posted on: May 9, 2009 9:36 pm
Well, after watching my fill of the Reds and Cardinals game, I'm starting to wonder how exactly the umpires are being graded and/or reprimanded for blown calls. Pretty much anything within 3-5 inches of home plate was called a strike tonight. I mean literally, with a right handed batter at the plate, you could throw a 2 seam fastball INSIDE the left-handed hitters batter's box, and the umpire would call it a strike. Granted, the zone was consistent, as both teams got this call, but that changed in a key spot of the game when Tyler Greene was called out on a strike 3 looking that was at his ankles.

I know that going into the season they had talked about grading the umpires with a different system, but so far it's not going so well from what I can tell. I think the time has come that the umpires need to start being fined x amount of dollars for each blown call, be it a ball/strike call, a play at a bag, or whatever else you can think of that's a questionable call. I think it also might be time to start introducing instant replay for other purposes beyond home run/no home run and fair/foul. There was another play that I'm pretty sure Joe Thurston was out at first base, but he was called safe anyway. I'll gladly go ahead and say that there's no problem with them fixing their blown calls, even if it negatively effects my team's outcome.

To put some of this into perspective, Albert Pujols argued with the umpire pretty much every time he was up at the plate, and we all know that he rarely does that, if ever. I actually thought he was going to be ejected at one point, but he clearly had reason to be upset. So anyway, what is everyone's views on how to control the umpires? They are starting to develop egos so big that they think they ARE the game, but they're supposed to be there just to call the game correctly to the best of their ability. If it's not within their ability to be respectably accurate, then what should be done? Like I said earlier, I think fines would be a great way to go, or maybe even suspensions. It would be far-fetched for MLB to consider replacing umpires completely, although at this day in age, it's totally possible. Chime in people, lets hear your creative opinions as to what to do with these guys.


Since: May 9, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2009 2:02 pm

What is going to be done about the umpires?

It's really sad how much of that goes on across the league that doesn't get noticed by all. Obviously we get to see it since they rotate the umpires around, but we don't get to follow certain umpires like the one mentioned above. There are a few who still stick out and are respected, Joe West and Tim (i'm probably going to misspell his last name) Cheetah (that's what it sounds like to me anyway), but Tim is one that comes to mind  just because of his strike call. He doesn't wait around or try to upstage anyone, he just makes sure his call is heard. So any time he's behind the plate and you hear the loud, high pitched "STRI EEEEEEEEAK", that's the man I'm thinking of.

Those vets that have been around have earned their respect, but the ones that 'just got out of school' still have a lot of respect to earn. You aren't just given an infinite amount of respect because you put on the blue shirts and the padding.

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2009 1:15 pm

What is going to be done about the umpires?

Time for umpire Todd Tichenor to get sent back to the minors

Triple-a umpire Todd Tichenor once again embarrassed himself and the game with his actions during the Boston-Minnesota game. He ejected both catchers and both managers in the seventh inning.

This is part of Jim Mone's A.P release , out of the Denver Post. It's a different angle on the same subject , the umpires are becoming part of the game and they should not be. They are there to call the game , not decide it . In my opinion it is almost exclusively the younger ump's at fault . There are many veteran umpires who are respected by all of baseball. The younger guys seem to have some thin skin , and that is exactly what an ump can't have. Listening to E.S.P.N this morning , they were discussing this issue and thought M.L.B is aware and would do something about it. The coaches and star players have to be in the game , because nobody is paying to see the ump .

Since: May 9, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2009 6:01 pm

What is going to be done about the umpires?

Finally, we agree on something! Lol. But yes, the umpires are quickly spiraling out of control. I don't have to go much farther back than the incident a few weeks ago when the Cardinals played the Cubs at Wrigley Field. I believe it was Milton Bradley who got suspended for 2 games for 'bumping an umpire'. I still haven't seen a camera view that shows where he actually made contact with the umpire. Granted, Bradley was an idiot for never taking the bat off his shoulder, but I mean come on, I still never saw any contact.

Also I can think of an umpire not that long ago that was ticking everyone off in the game because he was waiting 2-5 seconds to make his strike call. Either you're slow in the head, or you're just trying to be dramatic if you have to wait until the batter is 20 feet away from home plate to ring them up on strike 3. That right there, if I was handling things, would be probably a $10,000 fine (depends on how much the umps make I suppose, which I don't know), and a 3 game suspension.

That's all I've got for now, I've got to go bear down on some finals.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2009 12:33 pm

What is going to be done about the umpires?

As much as I hate to admit, the umpires have become part of the game.  So many great plays called with correctly or incorrectly have been a part of the sport history.  Personally, I think instant replay is destroying sports, albeit it means to improve the sport, but it just takes so much time out of the game, shifts momentum, focus and really we should have better officiating so we DONT need instant replay.  If any, I agree MLB and the secret society of Umpire Masons (LOL) need to come up with a way to fine Umps for blowing calls, making wrong calls, and provoking batters and managers into arguments.  Did you ever notice that?  A manager or a batter can agrue with an umpire and get thrown out.  Who throws the umpire out for arguing back?  Nobody.  These guys are out of control.  Either get better umps or use computers.

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