So You Want To Be A Major League Baseball Umpire?
If you have a somewhat an inflated ego and like confrontations with those who work around you, chances are that you could be a good candidate for the job. For years, arguing with umpires has been a part of baseball and will continue to do so for years to come. But for an extended amount of time, it seems that some, not all, umpires now feel that they too are part of the show that many watch on TV or pay to see in person.
Correct me if I am wrong, but when was the last time that you heard someone say :let’s go see Greg Gibson umpire 3rd base tonight or cool, Sam Holbrook is behind the plate tonight in Atlanta are there any tickets left? More and More, some umps go onto the field looking for a reason to make a name for themselves whether it’s following a batter back towards the dugout after a questionable 3rd strike or more than willing to go toe to toe with a manager or player on any other call of question.
Just in the last few days, we saw crew chief Angel Hernandez and his crew completely botch a HR call in Cleveland. Replay clearly showed a HR but even after a second look, Hernandez and his guys stood by their call. A’s manager Bob Melvin came out to argue only to be tossed by Hernandez who as he has many times before, seemed to take pleasure in running a manager or player.
Umpires are not perfect, I get that. But there does not seem to be a system in place to curtail those who are intent on being THE SHOW. I don’t get that.