Tigers' Ausmus Fired Up Over Umpire Protest, 'This Seems Petty To Me'

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Two of them did so wearing white wristbands. Some of the best entertainment in the game is the sight of a manager kicking dirt as the spittle flies and he getting ejected because of a seemingly bad call. Kinsler criticized Hernandez the following day and suggested he find a new job.

The World Umpires Association on Saturday released a statement about the protest, which it says is based on MLB's failure to take appropriate action on a perceived rise in verbal attacks.

" ... The Office of the Commissioner has failed to address this and other escalating attacks on umpires ..."

"Not only that, to act like Ian Kinsler just got fined".

According to the statement, Kinsler's fine wasn't almost harsh enough a penalty for the umps, who think a suspension was warranted.

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"If I get fined for saying the truth, then so be it". He really does. I'm not mad at him.

Having worked more than 5,000 games in his career as a Major League Baseball umpire, Joe West has become a familiar face for those who either watch or participate in the games.

Hernandez, 55, is now suing Major League Baseball for discrimination, alleging he has been passed over for World Series assignments due to his Cuban ancestry. "I don't care. They can feel how they want to feel and I can feel how I want to feel". Just leave the game alone. He shrugged that off and told reporters he had "no regrets" about his offensive statements calling for the end of Hernandez's career. Their response to said criticism, though, could cause quite a headache for Major League Baseball.

West was behind the plate for the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs, and of course there would be a situation involving the umpire and a player. A spokesperson for the World Umpires Association did not immediately return requests for comment.

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.