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MLB notes: Umpires end their protest, will meet with commissioner

Marty Foster
Home-plate umpire Marty Foster checks his counter during the Nationals-Padres game on Saturday while wearing a white wristband in solidarity with other umpires to protest “abusive player behavior.”
(Alex Gallardo / Associated Press)

Major League Baseball umpires have ended their protest of what they called “abusive player behavior” after Commissioner Rob Manfred offered to meet with their union’s governing board.

Most umpires wore white wristbands during Saturday’s games after Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined but not suspended for his recent verbal tirade against ump Angel Hernandez. Kinsler said Tuesday that Hernandez was a bad umpire and “just needs to go away.”

The World Umpires Association announced Sunday in a series of tweets that Manfred had proposed a meeting to discuss its concerns.

“To demonstrate our good faith, MLB Umpires will remove the protest white wrist bands pending the requested meeting,” the organization posted on Twitter.

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Kinsler was ejected by Hernandez last Monday in Texas after being called out on strikes. The next day, Kinsler sharply criticized Hernandez, saying the umpire was “messing” with games “blatantly.”

“No, I’m surprised at how bad an umpire he is. I don’t know how, for as many years he’s been in the league, that he can be that bad. He needs to re-evaluate his career choice, he really does. Bottom line,” Kinsler said.

Kinsler was fined, but the umpires’ union felt he should have been suspended.

“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 union said in a release on Saturday.

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Rene Rivera got right down to business on his first day with the Chicago Cubs. The veteran catcher, who was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets on Saturday, got the start for Chicago’s series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays. Rookie Victor Caratini was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster. The Cubs also activated reliever Koji Uehara from the 10-day disabled list and optioned left-hander Rob Zastryzny to its top farm club. Uehara had been sidelined by a neck injury. …

The Boston Red Sox honored former second baseman Jerry Remy for his 30 years in the broadcast booth. Remy was recently diagnosed with cancer for the fifth time and is scheduled to begin chemotherapy this week. Remy was presented Sunday with an oversized glove by current second baseman Dustin Pedroia and received other gifts from the team. Remy played 10 seasons in the majors, the last seven in Boston. He was an All-Star in 1978, his first year with the Red Sox.


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