I do agree that the wristbands is a joke, but beyond that I saw no evidence that the substance of your post was supposed to be humorous.No sense of humor have you?
Do you think that wearing wrist bands will spur the Commissioner's Office into action? Irrespective of your feelings on the issue, Rule 9.02, or umpires.
I'm not sure, but it seems like something that shouldn't be done in public at the very least.Was there a way for Kinsler to express himself that didn't come across as sour grapes or offensive? Not a rhetorical question, I'm just not sure how players are supposed to raise sincere questions about umpire performance in a manner that gets it taken seriously. Perhaps through the MLBPA?
I dunno, his language is a little ambiguous in that regard. The word "blatant" used in this kind of context tends to have connotations of intent (i.e., "he's not even trying to hide it"). "He needs to stop ruining baseball games" also could be interpreted as meaning that Hernandez is acting with intent. Even the "what is he doing out there?" questions could be taken two ways ("why is he allowed out there?" or "what is he up to out there?"). You wouldn't have to be all that paranoid to interpret the remarks, taken together, as meaning that Hernandez is blowing calls on purpose. Kinsler may not have meant that, but he chose his words poorly if he didn't want to people to think so.That letter is such bullshit. Kinsler didn't attack Hernandez's character, he attacked his skill at his job.
In criticising his fine, it also says Kinsler himself said he expected to be suspended. Maybe I missed that, because I saw what was televised and all Kinsler said was that he expected to be fined and was ok with it:That letter is such bullshit. Kinsler didn't attack Hernandez's character, he attacked his skill at his job. He might be a great guy, he's just not good enough at the job he's paid to do.
"If I get fined for saying the truth, then so be it. He's messing with baseball games, blatantly."
The main issue with that being that, in order for that to happen, the managers of the teams needed to challenge the play. If they didn't challenge it - or didn't have any challenges left - the call would have been incorrect.Per Jeff Passan here is MLB's statement:
“There were several very close calls at first base tonight, and we are glad that instant replay allowed the umpiring crew to achieve the proper result on all of them.”
I don't believe any of us wanted him behind the plate. This could get ugly, especially with Kinsler starting. Maybe it's Cora' s evil plan: get Kinsler to cause a stink on a close play, get ejected, and then he has to go to Holt!I guess Hernández got what we wanted.
A playoff officiating series.
Asked after Boston's win about Hernandez's strike zone -- and Sabathia's critique of it -- Porcello was pointed in his response.
"Throw the ball over the plate, CC," Porcello said. "I thought Angel Hernandez called a good game. You gotta get the ball over the white part of the plate and then you get the strikes called."