Thursday, June 26, 2008

Runge Suspended 1 Game!


Major League Baseball announced today that Umpire Brian Runge has been suspended for one game for his conduct, which included making contact with Manuel, during the incident. Runge's suspension will be served immediately. Mike Port, Vice President of Umpiring for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

When I watched the incident the other day, I couldn't believe what I saw. However, isn't this hypocrisy. I know MLB umpires are the officials of the game, so shouldn't they be held to a higher standard than managers? If a manager does that - how many games does he get? 5, 10?

1 game seems like a slap on a wrist... really what he did was beyond comprehension.

Any thoughts?

Umpires Announced for All-Star Game


Derryl Cousins, a regular season Crew Chief in his 30th year of Major League service, will serve as Crew Chief and work behind the plate at the 79th All-Star Game, to be played Tuesday, July 15th at Yankee Stadium.

This will be the third All-Star Game assignment for Cousins, who also worked the Midsummer Classic in 1987 and 1998. Cousins has worked five Division Series, five League Championship Series and three World Series. Cousins will be joined by Ed Rapuano (first base), Tom Hallion (second base), Mark Wegner (third base), Greg Gibson (left field) and Phil Cuzzi (right field). This will be the second All-Star Game for Rapuano (1995) and Hallion (1992) and the first Midsummer Classic for Wegner, Gibson and Cuzzi.