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Umpire Laz Diaz should be suspended for his antics in the Yankees-Angels game

May 6, 2014, 8:21 AM EDT

Laz Diaz has a long history of making the game all about him, instigating arguments and making a big show of his authority on the field. Last night in the Yankees-Angels game it was no different.

When Yankees pitcher Shawn Kelley left the game he had some words for Diaz about the strike zone as he was leaving the field. A lot of players do that. They shouldn’t, but they do. It’s incumbent upon the umpire — or any authority figure dealing with a temper tantrum — to take the high road rather than exacerbate the situation. Show your authority by paying no mind to those who would fecklessly challenge it. Diaz, apparently, never learned this. Watch as he “shoos” Kelley off the field:

There’s no place for that. If Diaz ignores Kelley he walks off the field knowing that his protestations fell on deaf ears, as they should. Instead Diaz made it personal and all about him and ended up running Kelley and manager Joe Girardi from the game.

Major League Baseball shouldn’t tolerate this kind of nonsense. There is no room in the game for umpire ego or showmanship. It’s a disgrace and Diaz should be punished for it.

119 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. brawnyhombre - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    “Hey, it’s Enrico Palazzo!”

  2. drachehexe - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Players and coaches are forbidden to argue balls and strikes. Any player that does so is not only willfully challenging the umpires authority but the very rules and foundation of the game. I think any player that even looks at an umpire funny when they disagree with a call should have their asses tossed to the curb.

    • grumblesfromthegrave - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      And WHY should players get tossed for arguing the strike zone?!? They have as much right to an opinion as anyone else. Who made umpires God anyway? Their petty games are appalling and should be stopped.
      After all, nobody ever paid to watch the umpires make calls – they paid to see a ball game, to see the PLAYERS. Umps are just a fixture, like the bases or the stripes: important to keep the game going by the rules, but otherwise should remain unnoticed.

  3. grumblesfromthegrave - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    WHO SAYS balls and strikes can’t be argued? UMPIRES – because they can’t handle the heat.
    I find their petty authority games disgusting, and there should be NO PLACE for that crap in baseball. The game IS NOT ABOUT YOU, BLUE – shut up and make the calls, quit making a scene. You get good money for an easy job, don’t try to make yourself far more important than you will EVER deserve to be.

  4. Lee Durocher - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Never saw that before: an umpire lashing back at a player. He ejects the player after he is pulled out of the game? Does not seem to make much sense. This ump should have just let it go.

  5. abigbuck99 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Seriously, have you ever seen a umpire act so childish? How did this guy make the majors. Shouldn’t he be in the minors learning how to behave. Running a player who is out of the game anyway show horrible judgment. Will anyone correct him or is he of the certain ethnic group who will have their little feelings hurt if you correct them? And has a certain card he can use against those who attempt to correct him. What a joke the league puts up with his childish behavior.

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