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Umpire Contact - does Schreiber's gaffe now affect Bradley?

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090514&content_id=4726530&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

 

Obviously a lot of debate surrounded Bradley's incident, some "heated" and some "black and white" (a rule is a rule).  I think this recent incident between Magglio Ordonez and Paul Schreiber will negatively impact Milton Bradley.  I believe that Bob Watson was really thinking of reducing the penalty to ZERO games and levying a fine.  However, with an umpire touching a player, he will be forced to suspend MB.  Why?  Because I believe the ump will most definitely get suspended.  Depsite Leyland's posturing, Bob Watson is going to have to suspend him.  You cannot have umps touching players.  Period.  Schreiber says he inadvertently placed his hand on Ordonez--I say B.S.--he knew what he was doing.  Joe West, the vet ump, didn't even really take Schreiber's back on the matter. 

Both of these issues stem from some questionable calls.  Whatever happened to letting a player speak his peace and move on?  Both Bradley and Ordonez were not enraged, screaming, yelling, and dirt-kicking maniacs.  I don't think these episodes happened to Dutch Rennert and Doug Harvey (Zeus), much less today's Tim McClellan.  Time for today's umps to take a glance back at some of the previous legends.  The best umpires are the one's you don't even remember doing the game.

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