Umpires in Major League Baseball should always try their best to do their jobs correctly and not become a part of the game’s story. That, however, is often very hard for a lot of the guys in blue because we’re seeing more and more of them either impacting games with terrible calls or acting in an unprofessional manner.
That happened again Tuesday night in Houston when home plate umpire Jerry Layne got in the face of Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña after he seemed to calmly voice his displeasure with a bad-called strike.
This was a very terrible look for Layne:
UMP SHOW ALERT— APOLLO MEDIA (@ApolloHOU) May 31, 2023
Umpire Jerry Layne steps into the box and gets in Jeremy Peña’s face after Jeremy disagrees with the call
The Astros dugout gets fired up and Alex Cintron gets ejected pic.twitter.com/9KhT6x8C7M
Umpires just can’t do that.
MLB fans were not impressed:
This ump should absolutely be disciplined. Totally unacceptable. If you can’t handle a player calmly objecting a call to where you get all up in your feelings and confront them in their face about it, this career is not for you. Grow a spine. https://t.co/hTWjXCLB5A— Kendall (@_kendallrjones_) May 31, 2023
These umps are so trash it’s wild the MLB employs them https://t.co/EHNHQYea0E— Flossy 🍊 (@FlossyZach) May 31, 2023