Brad Ausmus Rips Umpires' Union For Singling Out Ian Kinsler

Ump union blasts MLB for Kinsler's 'lenient' punishment

The wristbands are a form of silent protest of "escalating attacks on umpires", according to a statement from the World Umpires Association, which represents Major League Baseball umpires.

The WUA said commissioner Rob Manfred told the union in an August 3 letter the discipline created an "appearance of lack of impartiality".

"We appreciate the Commissioner's willingness to engage seriously on verbal attacks and other important issues that must be addressed", the union tweeted.

Here's Joe West wearing his wristband on Saturday, 10 days after he was suspended for calling Adrian Beltre the game's biggest complainer.

A union representative did not return phone calls. Kinsler was quoted the next day saying Hernandez is "changing the game" and "needs to find another job".

Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) hits a single in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. They made the decision after Major League Baseball did not suspend Kinsler.

The umpire's statement also said that the umpires hold themselves to the highest of standards.

Kinsler, who declined to reveal the amount he was fined, seemed far less upset by the protest and essentially laughed off the situation with indifference. Umpires across the league wore white wristbands on Saturday in a protest against "abusive player behavior", but they abruptly ended the protest when league commissioner Rob Manfred met with the umpires union.

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called the fine the biggest he's seen during his career.

Said Kinsler: "I really don't think too deeply into it". The veteran umpire has been maligned frequently throughout his career, often justifiably so, but declaring he "just needs to go away" is somewhat dramatic.

Interestingly, West is president of the World Umpires Association.

Hernandez worked the World Series in 2002 and 2005 but hasn't done it not since.

"I've been a part of many arguments, and there are many things said both ways, player to umpire and umpire to player".

This isn't the first umpire-player incident this month in the majors. We have always dealt with those by player discipline, fines. Umpires have to be beyond reproach on the topic of impartiality.

"I never questioned the integrity of an umpire".

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