Ian Kinsler

Major league umpires to protest 'escalating verbal attacks' on umpires by wearing white wristbands

Major league umpires to protest 'escalating verbal attacks' on umpires by wearing white wristbands

Major league umpires will wear white wristbands starting Saturday to protest “escalating verbal attacks” on umpires and the umpires union’s strong objection to the penalty given to Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler for his criticism of umpire Angel Hernandez this week.

Kinsler had harsh words regarding Hernandez, who ejected him for arguing balls and strikes earlier this week. Kinsler said Hernandez should get out of the game, saying he told him, “You need to re-evaluate your life, man. Just go home right now. Get out of the game. Just leave the game alone. Please.”

The commissioner’s office fined Kinsler, but did not issue a...

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