[Ed. – Yes, players are prima donnas and worse these days, but umpires earn up to $350,000 for a 7-month job. Instead of wearing a symbol of their solidarity in the face of ‘meanies,’ maybe they should try growing a pair.]
Upset over “escalating verbal attacks” on its members, the World Umpires Association issued a statement and wore white wristbands in protest across Major League Baseball games on Saturday.
The final straw in the battle between players and umpires was an altercation between Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler and home plate umpire Angel Hernandez on Monday in Texas. Kinsler was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, and harshly criticized Hernandez after the game. Per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press:
Kinsler, an 11-year veteran, unloaded on Hernandez’s performance, saying, “It has to do with changing the game. He’s changing the game. He needs to find another job, he really does.”
And, “I’m just saying it’s pretty obvious that he needs to stop ruining baseball games.” And, “Candidly, leave the game. No one wants you behind the plate anymore. No one in this game wants you behind the plate any more, none of the players.”