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Totally weak: Jim Leyland suspended for today's game

Jul 28, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

Major League Baseball has suspended Jim Leyland for a game for no good reason and a whole lot of bad ones.

Major League Baseball has suspended Jim Leyland for tonight’s game against the Rays.  There is no appeals process for managers, so he’ll have to sit it out. Which is complete and utter b.s.

You’ll recall what led to this: Leyland’s altercation with umpire Marty Foster.  You’ll recall the specifics: Foster blows a call — partially because he really wasn’t in a good position to make it — and Leyland argues. A bit of spittle or a sunflower seed flies from Leyland’s mouth, Harvey baselessly and quite ridiculously accuses Leyland of spitting on him and tosses him.  Watch the video and you’ll see just how crazy that claim really is.

Of course I’m sure MLB will say that it wasn’t the altercation, it was Leyland’s critical words after the fact which led to his suspension. Never mind that Leyland was right. Never mind that umpires such as Joe West have routinely ripped teams and players and have instigated ugly incidents on the field this season without getting any discipline whatsoever. But the second a manager or a player dares point out the bleedin’ obvious — that today’s umpiring corps is filled with incompetent, thin-skinned megalomaniacs — he has to take the day off without pay.

Baseball does a lot of things right.  Intellectual honesty and a basic sense of justice when it comes to issues relating to umpires is not one of those things.

  1. cusoman - Jul 28, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    And things like this will continue until Selig releases his cold hard grasp on the league. 2012 can’t come fast enough.

  2. Paper Lions - Jul 28, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    You can blame a lot of things on Selig, but this isn’t one of them. The rich and powerful are not accustomed to the constraints of “intellectual honesty” or a”basic sense of justice”. To those in power, whether it be elected officials, CEOs, super rich people, religious power structures, or any institution in which people are accustomed to being right by definition, they DECIDE what is honest, true, or just; such people never have been burdened by inconvenient facts.

  3. Ditto65 - Jul 28, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    He shoulda made it woth it. He shoulda clocked him.

  4. RichardInBigD - Jul 28, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    My comments from the thread about the A’s controversies, pasted below, are probably even MORE applicable here.
    ” Has there EVER been a commissioner, of ANY sport, so constantly embroiled in contrversy as Selig? When will the owners arise from their deep slumber and trade the Budmeister in for someone who will be decisive? If they don’t want him to be an owner (perhaps they fear the competition), how about letting Mark Cuban be commissioner? He’d certainly stir things up quite a bit! We KNOW how he feels about bad officiating. I’m sure that umpire quality and use of replay would be high on his to do list… And as far as everyone being able to make money, that seems to be what Mark does best. Just a thought… “

  5. RichardInBigD - Jul 28, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    And as an after thought, if he DID spit on Foster, why on earth would he only get one day? Bobby Alomar got five for Hirschbeck…

  6. Old Gator - Jul 28, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    King Louis XVI ?

  7. Old Gator - Jul 28, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Bobby Alomar was a bigger asshole than Jim Leyland.

  8. Old Gator - Jul 28, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    He coulda been a contender.

  9. Joe - Jul 28, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Oh, that’s just wrong. Leyland was right on all accounts, and he had every right to be PO’d at the umpire afterwards. I would have been too, had he just made a totally false accusation towards me. Like I said about the original article about this incident, umpires are just getting out of hand lately. There has been way too much of this – umpires showing off their short fuses, making up reasons to toss players and managers after they blew a call (remember Bill Hohn tossing Roy Oswalt after Oswalt said “I’m not talking to you” when he got frustrated about a pitch?). And then when there’s a question about it, it’s always the player or the manager who gets suspended. You hardly ever hear about an umpire getting disciplined for anything. That’s a load of bull, if you ask me.
    I linked to this article in the original post, but I think it’s even more relevant here:

  10. walk - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    I was watching that game and if memory serves it was poorly called all the way through. It was fair only in the sense that each side got the shaft sans lube.

  11. Detroit Michael - Jul 29, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Assuming that spitting a sunflower seed was unintentional, isn’t that still worth a game’s suspension? Besides, the manager’s impact on any one single game seems slight. I can’t get agitated over this one.

  12. walk - Jul 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    I am getting really upset with some of these umpires and its usually the whole crew. If one umpire is horrible it seems like all the rest of the crew is the same way. As a fan its time to take matters into our own hands via tauntr. I have a whole villagers with pitch forks and torches motif i wanna try out, maybe i can come up with something cool to reflect my displeasure without singling out anyine in blue particular. Definetly gonna try to capture the sunflower incident though.

  13. Joker34 - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    The suspension of Jim Leyland is a joke. His comments were critical of the umpires, yes. Even though they were critical, how can you suspend a guy for being right? Bud Selig needs to be called out by the owners. The only way to fix this problem is to fix the guy who is making these decisions. The owners have the power to tell Selig how they feel about this issue. Why don’t they? Don’t tell me they are scared of being fined. That in itself is a ridiculous statement when all of them are running multi million dollar businesses. 2012 will be a great year in many ways. First of all, the presidency of the country will change. Second, Selig will be relinquished of his “almighty power of the Gods” and sent home to mope on his diarreah green couch from the 1970’s. It can’t come soon enough. That’s for sure.

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