About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

22 thoughts on “Russell Martin upset with Laz Diaz

  1. Another case of an arrogant umpire who doesn't deserve the "privilege" of having his high paying job. It started in the first inning too with A-Rod being rung up on a checked swing where Diaz made the call without the aid of the first base umpire, something that should never happen. There were several times during the game that pointed out at Nova after Diaz failed to give Nova the low strike.

  2. I don't like A-roid at all, but that was a non swing. The umps get most of the calls right but occassionly they make some real bad calls.

  3. Is it just me or has ire toward umpires noticeably increased over the last few years? I don't think I knew any umpires names a few years ago and now I could easily rattle off a half dozen names, mostly from reading about them in the press. Maybe it's my own fault but I know more about Joe West and Laz Diaz than any player on the Astros or Padres.

  4. This season I have seen Diaz , Bob Davidson Country Joe West humiliate players and managers. If Selig does not rein these umps in soon the fans will become restless these guys should be demoted and especially Angel Hernandez .

  5. Where is the accountability for umpires? I'd like to see MLB publish statistics on umpires for ball/strike, check swing, fair/foul, calls on the bases, etc. Why shouldn't we demand excellence from the umpires if we demand it from the players?

    Of course I realize this is never going to happen.

  6. I understand how hard an umpire's job is nowadays, especially with a thousand high-def cameras catching every angle and giving us the chance to second guess every call, which in the past was simply impossible. But the arrogance drives me up the frickin' wall.

    Once in a while you'll get a Jim Joyce, but there are far too many Joe Wests proudly blowing calls and telling players and managers to take a hike when they take exception to the fact that this very, very well paid gentleman made a professional error that will ultimately affect the player or manager's career in some big or small way. Or you have this clown telling a catcher that he needs to earn the right to throw the ball to his pitcher. I'm sorry, did Mr. Martin not do that in Little League?

    And the ham-fisted argument against the public criticism of umpires, that questioning their authority will somehow embarrass the game, is in itself embarrassing. What could be worse for baseball than the idea that balls, strikes, and outs are officiated in an arbitrary or haphazard manner? If we are to accept that then Major League Baseball is worse than World Wrestling Entertainment. At least Vince McMahon offers a wink and a nod while Bud Selig comports himself like that guy in the cave with the Holy Grail at the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

    Sadly, nothing will probably happen, and every few months we'll all get really pissed off say what we're saying right now and Bud Selig will collect a check for $18,000,000.

  7. I had to read 3 iterations of this story to figure out that the ump merely wasn't letting Martin throw the fresh balls into play, to the pitcher after the previous ball left play. The ump's statement were so petty. I'm not sure what it will take to rid the absurd circumstances that worsen the game.

  8. The thing that needed to happen here, if there was any expectation that Diaz should be disciplined, is for Girardi to take up the issue with the commissioner's office rather than Martin raise the issue to the press.

  9. I think the umpire was being petty, but did Martin really need to throw the ball back on foul balls to keep his arm loose? He got to throw the ball back on every pitch that wasn't hit.