Well, well, well. It looks like Major League Baseball’s umpires are back on their [redacted] once again! This past weekend has seen MLB’s umpires provide multiple embarrassing displays on the field, and I’m not even talking about the regular misses on balls-and-strikes. Missing on strike zone calls are understandable since it would be insane to expect one-hundred percent perfection from umpires. The human element is real and unless the minor league experiment with robot umpires actually takes off, it’s here to stay.

If we’re going to keep human umpires around, then they absolutely have to do better, because it’s becoming a joke at this point. If this sounds familiar coming from me or other fans, then it is familiar because we’ve talked about the state of umpiring in MLB multiple times here right here on this blog site.

Here’s Eric Cole talking about how the World Series was called by the umpires back in 2016:

Umpires have paid their dues and think that they deserve respect. To an extent, they certainly do. Ultimately, though, it is a power trip to the highest degree. At this point, there is nothing being done to change it and it’s on Major League Baseball to do that...

...There comes a point though, when enough is enough. If players from both teams take umbrage with what you decide is called a strike, odds are one of them is probably right and you are most likely wrong. But when it comes to a veteran presence like West, he runs the show. It should never be this way, and the umpire’s name should not even be a topic of discussion during a broadcast...

...It should not be this way, but that is how the game has evolved. Umpires have paid their dues and think that they deserve respect. To an extent, they certainly do. Ultimately, though, it is a power trip to the highest degree. At this point, there is nothing being done to change it and it’s on Major League Baseball to do that...

Two years later in 2018, I had some choice thoughts on the issue as well:

Even if MLB themselves came back to the play and realized “Welp, the replay officials missed the call,” or “Welp, the umpires mad an egregious mistake,” the only thing that really happens publicly is that the league issues an apology, they acknowledge that the call was incorrect, and that’s it. There isn’t really a public reprimand of the umpires and officials and judging by the continual employment of umpires like C.B. Bucknor, Angel Hernandez, “Mr. Infield Fly” Sam Holbrook, Laz Diaz and Joe West, there’s really no sort of accountability for what these umpires do on the field.

They make the bad call on the field and receive all sorts of backlash from the fans but it doesn’t matter because the backlash only lasts for a limited time and then we’re all back to accepting that this is the status quo before the next egregious decision comes around. There’s no serious accountability other than whenever the umpires feel the need to uphold whatever level of integrity that they feel like reaching at the moment.