Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was wrong. It was great copy and comments to air for those of us in the sports media when he said Umpire Angle Hernandez should get out of Major League Baseball implying a lack of integrity along with a lack of ability.
Kinsler was fined and I don't blame Umpires for being upset over the fact he wasn't suspended. Umpires and Managers going nose to nose over disputed calls have been a time honoured tradition in baseball and sometimes a lot of fun to watch. Those of us in the "middle-aged" category remember the classic melt down's of Orioles skipper Earl Weaver.
However, they should be Umpire-Manager confrontations only. When players get involved and go so far as to cross the line the way Kinsler did, it not only makes them look "bush league", it sets a terrible example to those who one day aspire to become professional baseball players.
I get the rationale behind the head honchos of Major League Baseball's desire to speed up the game.
This year's average game time of 3-hours-5-minutes is too long prompting the administrators of America's past time to tinker with ideas like a "pitch clock" to keep the game flowing.
I say forget it. I don't mind if a pitcher throws over to a base 17-times to keep a runner close. It's one of the many nuances of baseball strategy that make the game interesting.
But I'm old and the baseball paying public is quickly switching to manic millenials who have the attention span of a puppy in a forest full of squirels.
Instead of increasing technology, why not get rid of manager's challenges and give the game back to the human element while trimming timley ticks off the clock. I can live with the infrequent mistakes.
Mind you I'm the type of baseball dinosaur who would also get rid of the designated hitter. That's my parting shot. I'm Drew Wilson.