I've written about this before, so I apologize if you've heard this one before.
But Sunday's events underline the fact that Major League Baseball needs to do something about umpires tossing players out of games for any reason that catches their fancy.
Fans pay a whole lot of money to watch players perform -- not umpires. Yadier Molina is a guy who is a legitimate candidate for the National League's Most Valuable Player Award. And he's just the latest star to be thrown out by an umpire who is delusional enough to think the player in question deserved to be banished from the game for showing him up.
Let's get something straight, Clint Fagan: No one who bought a ticket to the Sunday game between the Cardinals and the Giants knew or cared who you were before you decided to butt into the action. And, while you may have succeeded in making your name known, it's for all the wrong reasons.
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If the powers that be at the MLB offices don't take a hard line on what Fagan did, they're out of their minds.
As a matter of procedure, police officers who fire their weapon on duty have to face a review -- no matter if the action was justified or an accident. A report has to be made and the officer has to be cleared to return to duty. While it's not a matter of life and death, there is no reason in the world why Major League Baseball shouldn't be able to implement a policy in which any umpire who throws a player or manager out of a game has to have a hearing to determine if he was justified -- or if he should be punished.
As it stands, umpires who eject players face few -- if any -- consequences for their actions. Maybe if they had to stand in front of a committee that would decide if they got suspended without pay for throwing out a player who didn't deserve it they'd think twice before disappointing fans with their rash actions.
Their are few excuses for throwing a player out. If the players makes contact with an official, argues or excessively or is caught in an act of cheating like corking his bat or doctoring the ball I could see it. Buy Molina's ejection would never pass that smell test. It should have never happened. And MLB needs to be sure things like that aren't allowed to continue.