After controversial comments from Detroit Tigers player Ian Kinsler about Umpire Angel Hernandez, the World Umpires Association has had enough.
During Saturday’s games, MLB umpires wore simple white wristbands as a silent protest against what the umpire’s union is calling an upward trend in players verbally attacking officials, both on and off the field.
“The Office of the Commissioner’s lenient treatment to abusive player behaviour sends the wrong message to players and managers. It’s open season on umpires, and that’s bad for the game. […] Enough is enough. Umpires will wear the wristbands until our concerns are taken seriously.” – World Umpires Association
Kinsler, of the Tigers, was fined for comments after being ejected from a game, and telling press that Angel Hernandez was a “bad umpire and just needs to go away.”
Major League Baseball has yet to comment publically on the union’s statement or on-field protest.