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BRAVO! Umpire Bob Davidson suspended for a game, MLB announces it loud and clear

May 18, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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Bob Davidson, the umpire with the absolute worst temperament in the game of baseball, has been suspended for a game by Major League Baseball. Why? For poor “situation handling.”

Umpire Bob Davidson has received a one-game suspension for his repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner’s standards for situation handling, Major League Baseball announced today.

This is clearly the result of his run-in with Charlie Manuel the other day when, after Manuel barked something from the dugout, Davidson made a point to unleash an obnoxious and defensive expletive-filled rant at Manuel.  Which is nothing new for Davidson. He has repeatedly picked fights with players and managers over the years, escalating situations that should have been innocuous and otherwise not acting like the voice of reason and authority that an official in any capacity — be they umpire, referee, judge, cop, teacher or parent — should be.

In case you haven’t guessed, I am pleased at the suspension. I am even more pleased at the fact that MLB has announced this discipline to the world rather than keep it quiet.  The best way to improve officiating is to impose such discipline and to do so in a transparent manner.

Now: if only it was for more than one game …

  1. aceshigh11 - May 18, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    One game may seem light, but perhaps just embarrassment of being suspended will send the message…it might humble him.

    Then again…everything I’ve seen of this guy suggests that most likely not.

    • bosoxfan1950 - May 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      IMHO, MLB announcing publicly a one-game suspension of an umpire, while being a step in the right direction, is a bit like suspending a MLB starting pitcher for 5 games. Both are woefully inadequate.
      If there is to be some semblance of “let the punishment fit the crime,” make it a 10-game suspension for an umpire and a 50-game suspension for a starter who hits a batter with a 90+ mph fastball. I have no idea how much umpires are paid, but if you want to get their attention, again IMHO, by attacking their wallet, make them feel the pinch! Ditto starters!
      Its bad enough that MLB is replete with player prima donas, we also have to endure the umpires acting as prima donas, too?

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        Poor Davidson. Will no one speak up for him? Every accused is entitled to a rigorous defense. I would do it, if only in the interest of fairness, but I promised my dog I’d play a game of Ouija Scrabble with him if it rained, and guess what? It’s raining, so….

  2. mybrunoblog - May 18, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Is this move unprecedented? I don’t ever recall an umpire being suspended. Anyone know?

    • dondada10 - May 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      I’d imagine umps getting suspended here and there, but MLB doesn’t reveal it. They may just give the ump a day off. MLB made an example of Davidson.

    • sportsguyinindy - May 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      The last umpire to be suspended was Mike Winters back on the last weekend of the 2008 season in San Diego when he caused a runner (i forget the name) to have a torn ACL. Curius enough, a season later he promoted to crew chief.

      • sportsguyinindy - May 18, 2012 at 7:46 PM

        I am sorry, I was kinda wrong. Mike Winters was suspended in 2003 and Brian Runge was suspended in 2008.

      • spellingcops - May 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        Wasn’t that Milton Bradley?

    • nofunleague - May 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      They do but their union has prevented disclosure in the past. why this one came out is strange

  3. sisqsage - May 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Davidson’s terrible reputation fueled much of this incident. He didn’t really do much that is bad on this play, but when you are a hated and disrespected ump, a manager/team will jump on you at any opportunity.
    Bob, of course, made it worse by being…..Bob.

    Shouldn’t they make this guy retire already? He looks really over the hill, not even counting the nonstop unprofessional behavior.
    Looks like he needs a new razor too.

  4. hiltonandastoria - May 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    He’s everything an Ump should not be, if you were training new Ump you would never allow one like him to reach the bigs.

    So….Why is he still an ump?

    He should be removed from the game permanently

  5. leftywildcat - May 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    He ought to be f***ing suspended one f***ing game for each f***ing time he said”F***!”

  6. skids003 - May 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I officiate multiple sports, and i do agree, this guy is over the top. That saying, “parent, teacher, coach, cop, officials”. How about adding lawyers Craig, aren’t they supposed to be bastions of society?

    • jjschiller - May 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Lawyers are kind of expected to be partisan, aren’t they?

  7. sabatimus - May 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    If he’s committing repeated violations, over years (which is the truth), shouldn’t he just be fired? I’ve seen him go after and bait so many players and managers. One game is a joke. Fire him, and let the WUA cry foul (no pun intended) if they want to.

  8. dasher521 - May 18, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    As a mentor of mine used to say, “You know, there are more horse’s asses than there are horses.” Joe West is the top offender of the umpires who think the game is about them. When he resigned, I don’t understand why he was taken back when more qualified umpires were not taken back. Davidson is Number 2. I’ve seen Jerry Layne be aggressive as well.

    Now they ought to make Davidson face a press conference after the game.

  9. timpaz - May 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    If the commissioners office had any guts they would fire this arrogant ass and Cowboy Joe West with him, they are a disgrace to the profession

  10. yourrealitybites - May 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    This guy (and Joe West) is an embarassment to the game of baseball. The people who represent any business are a reflection of its owners and management. Condoning this behavior by simply tolerating it year after year, calls into question the integrity of baseball’s brass.

  11. bostonbruinsfan33 - May 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    So officials in pro sports are (finally) starting to be held accountable for their actions. If we started doing this more often and I was able to start a fund that collected fine money from umpires and referees, I’d have enough to send to charity at the end of the regular season (the charity would be chosen by the players)!!!

  12. theocre - May 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Just fire them on a missed call and see how many officials are left. When in doubt blame the ump.

  13. meaz23 - May 18, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    He should have been suspended many times before and for more games this time. It’s about time an umpire was suspended for abusing his power.

  14. pjmarn6 - May 18, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    It is hard to go after umpires when MLB turns a blind eye to thousands of baseball players using stimulants to bilk the public out of billions of dollars and at the same time fattening their own wallets.
    I am just waiting to see what cooperstown, clowns who vote into the hall of FLAMERS AND FAKES, the scumbags who souped themselves up to bring in the millions of dollars in salaries.

    Briefly, and autoracing is no way my sport, but I read how the cars engines are regulated somehow so that they don’t soup them up too much. I really didn’t want to study it but that is exactly what happened in baseball. The players souped themselves up to do feats that the normal body cannot do and then demanded and got huge salaries while the owners, managers, trainers turned a blind eye and winked as ticket and concession prices went into orbit.

    Now a few umpires yelling and screaming is absolutely nothing compared to what MLB allowed and encouraged the players to do.

    Its like the farce of tv wrestling, let the umpires go at it and let the crowd at the coliseums boo and yell at the continuing farce.

  15. theocre - May 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    So you only publish comments that agree with article?

    • Utley's Hair - May 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      You must be new here. Read a few of the other threads…like the Ricketts one…or any of the ones about Braun’s suspension. In other words, no, unlike other blogs, these guys actually allow comments through, no matter whether they agree or not.

  16. proudliberal85392 - May 20, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Where’s Ron Luciano when you need him?

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