Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler recently suggested that Angel Hernandez may be in the wrong line of work. Former MLB GM Steve Phillips didn’t care for Kinsler’s comments and said so during a long monologue on MLB Network Radio. While he acknowledged that Hernandez is not a good umpire, he was clear that Kinsler and players enjoy a double standard. “An umpire can’t say that a guy should be sent to the minor leagues to find a new job, that he’s not good enough to play in the league,” Phillips said. “It would be completely inappropriate.” Phillips also cited the recent suspension of Joe West, which came after comments he made about Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. Some of Phillips’ comments are on point. Unfortunately, others miss the point and do so in a rather large way. We’ll start with what Phillips got right. Arguing with an umpire is one thing. But publicly suggesting that he shouldn’t be umpiring any more is over the line. So, where was Phillips wrong? Well, in a few places. First of all, Kinsler’s comments about Hernandez aren’t exactly apples-to-apples when compared to West’s about Beltre. Let’s be clear and say West should not have been suspended for those comments. Both Beltre and his manager, Jeff Banister, agree on that point. But for the sake of argument, let’s assume that West’s suspension was fair.
Why Steve Phillips’ criticism of Ian Kinsler is off base
Sportsnaut | Aug 18