Jack Clark, who has returned to the National League as a first baseman for San Diego after a season as a Yankee, commented on American League umpires Wednesday.
“The umpires over there are awful, they don’t have a clue . . . I don’t know whether they don’t practice or what,” Clark said after being ejected by AL umpire Tim McClelland on a disputed third-strike call in the Padres’ 11-3 exhibition win over Oakland.
“Bad umpires is maybe the biggest reason I’m glad I’m back over here. There’s a lot of bad umpires there. That’s why Billy Martin kicks dirt on them, trying to cover them up. They’ve got a lot more lowlifes there.”
Said McClelland: “There’s absolutely no difference between the umpiring in the two leagues.”