The Major League Baseball Umpires Association has taken the gloves off, er, face masks off. They were apparently none too pleased about Manny Machado’s meager 1 game suspension. Here is the mess of a tweet sent out by MLB Umpires Association.
#Disappointed #LeadByExample #NotAppreciated #Violence #TemperTantrum #Inaction #NotTolerated #MakeanExampleof #OneGameSuspension #RepeatOffender #Nonsense #MLBUA @MLB @Padres @Buster_ESPN pic.twitter.com/pkcW5O1SnB
— Major League Baseball Umpires Association (@MLBUA) June 18, 2019
The screenshot within the Tweet reads:
Manny Machado received a one game suspension for contact with an umpire over balls and strikes and VIOLENTLY throwing his bat against the backstop with absolutely no regard to anyone’s safety. Violence in the workplace is not tolerated, and offenders are dealt with severely and even made examples of for the good of it’s employees, as well as the company itself. Is this truly what MLB wants to teach our youth?
The honestly embarrassing hashtags included a bevy of unprofessional remarks including “temper tantrum,” “make an example of,” and “repeat offender.”
The Chips Have Fallen
If you got through that messy tweet, along with the laundry list of hashtags, you’ll notice this is new. The Umpires have a massive union that typically does their lobbying for them. How else does Angel Hernandez still keep getting playoff assignments, you ask? That’s how. Them tweeting their displeasure with Manny Machado’s one game suspension is the gasoline that could start a large fire. The main reason for this potential issue, was eloquently described by former Dodger and friend, Alex Wood.
I don’t understand how this tweet is permitted by the Umpires union or @MLB ? There’s a reason players don’t take to social media on a daily basis to bash umpires or call them out. It’s because it is simply not allowed and if a guy does it he gets fined. https://t.co/GVy7xpnC67
— Alex Wood (@Awood45) June 18, 2019
Alex has a brilliant point. There are social media rules on the players for a reason. Baseball fans already take to social media to complain about the umpires as if it’s their job. If the players were allowed to do this, it could spark anarchy. It ultimately creates an absurd double standard
Aside from the double standard, let’s talk professionalism. In the many comments that ratio’d this tweet, many people pointed out that if this were a different player and not Manny Machado, there wouldn’t be this kind of vitriol about the suspension. Whether or not that is true or whether or not you agree, it certainly adds to the truth that this tweet was in poor taste.
Another Reason For This Tweet?
The conversation of robotic umpiring has never been louder than it is here in 2019. The technology has improved in the statcast era, and robotic umpires are now a plausible concept. The MLB Umpire’s Association knows this. The complaints about poor umpiring have never been louder. Between Ron Kulpa’s rant to Astros manager AJ Hinch, how poorly the strike zones have been managed this year, or basically anytime Angel Hernandez/CB Bucknor are working, the umpires have never been complained about more. They’re keenly aware of this, and have chosen to double down.
Does This Potentially Effect The Dodgers?
Manny Machado is obviously no longer a Dodger. The Dodgers current roster doesn’t really have too many players that frequently squabble with the umpires. Justin Turner complains the most, but typically in a reserved fashion. Should the poor umpiring continue though, the umpires taking to social media to air their grievances could lead to other players or teams choosing to take to social media.