Kevin Plawecki

MLB notes: Umpires wear white wristbands to protest 'abusive player behavior'

MLB notes: Umpires wear white wristbands to protest 'abusive player behavior'

Major League Baseball umpires wore white wristbands during games Saturday, protesting “abusive player behavior” after Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined but not suspended for his recent verbal tirade against ump Angel Hernandez.

The World Umpires Association announced the action, saying the union strongly objected to the response by the commissioner's office. Kinsler said this week that Hernandez was a bad umpire and “just needs to go away.”

“The Office of the Commissioner's lenient treatment to abusive player behavior sends the wrong message to players and managers. It's open season on umpires, and that's bad for the game,” the WUA said.

“Enough is enough....

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