Bob Davidson has a bad reputation. The veteran MLB umpire has been nicknamed "Balkin' Bob" for his penchant to call balks (incorrectly). He made two dubious calls in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. In 2010, he ejected not only a player and a pitching coach from a game but a fan
. He even ejected the Montreal Expos mascot in 1989. (Yes, he threw a furry orange mascot named Youppi! out of a baseball game).
Well, the 59-year-old Davidson finally got punished for his dubious job performance. On Friday Major League Baseball suspended the umpire one game for "repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner's standards for situation handling."
Players have long complained of Davidson's "situation handling." In 1993, Phillies catcher Darren Daulton (one of three players to get tossed by Davidson in a single game) had this to say
: "He's one of those impact umpires. In my opinion, the game was on ESPN, and he couldn't wait to suit up and make an impact. He's one of those guys." Last season, Davidson ranked fourth on a players' poll of worst umpires
by Sports Illustrated.
Ostensibly, Davidson's suspension stems from a nose-to-nose screaming match with Phillies manager Charlie Manuel on Tuesday. (Manuel was also suspended one game by the league).