Lamell McMorris, a spokesman for the World Umpires Association, told ESPN.com that baseball investigators have gone into neighborhood homes in recent weeks and asked a series of provocative and potentially defamatory questions about umpires.
According to the WUA, neighbors of Greg Gibson and Sam Holbrook — MLB umpires who live in Northern Kentucky — were asked if the two men are members of the Ku Klux Klan.
The KKK? Geez. Oh, by the way, this is not the first time the ump’s union has raised objections into the “interrogation methods” of MLB.
At least we can give Bud Selig some credit for getting out in front of any potential umpiring conflicts of interest, particularly in light of the Tim Donaghy mess in the NBA. Doesn’t give his henchmen the right to ask those sorts of questions, I think, but good that the umps are held to a higher standard.