Umpires Wear Wristbands to Protest 'Abusive Player Behavior'

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" ... The Office of the Commissioner has failed to address this and other escalating attacks on umpires ..." An undisclosed fine was announced before Friday's game, and Kinsler told reporters he didn't regret saying what he said - which also included, "I don't know, for as many years as he's been in the league, he can be that bad".

Back home: Curtis Granderson, a Detroit favorite who began his career with the Tigers, was in the starting lineup for the Dodgers this afternoon, just one day after the team acquired him in a trade with the Mets.

After the game, Kinsler told reporters, "He needs to reevaluate his career choice, he really does".

Earlier this week, during a game against the Rangers, Kinsler was ejected by Hernandez, the plate umpire, after beefing about balls and strikes.

Ausmus was asked about the World Umpires Association's statement following Saturday's game, and considered it "completely wrong to single out one player".

Kinsler was fined for his comments, but did not receive a suspension. "I said what I felt and what I thought, and if they take offense to that then that's their problem".

Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) hits a single in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park.


Some umpires across the league wore white arm bands on Saturday to indicate they were not happy Kinsler was not suspended for his harsh criticism of Hernandez earlier this week.

"I hope they wear the white wristbands for the remainder of their careers", Kinsler said. I'm not going to put a number on it. "So I don't want to hear - I don't want them to minimize - that he's not being punished".

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

Last month, Hernandez sued Major League Baseball alleging race discrimination. They are allowed to protest.

Needless to say, the building tensions between the league and the umpires will be a major storyline as baseball gears up for the stretch run.

Padres manager Andy Green said "there have been moments in time where I have said things to umpires I wish I had not said". "It's an interesting job".

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