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    MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson

    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).
    Umpire Bob Davidson suspended one game by MLB for bad "situation handling" - Sports Blog - CBS News



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    Re: MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson

    Good. He's definitely one of those "look at me" umpires. I doubt this will change him any, but it's nice to see MLB taking some action.



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    Re: MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson

    I do not understand how baseball umpires continuously get away with "in your face" behavior. Can you imagine an NFL official acting in such a way? It seems like Iowan Tim McClelland is one of the best at situation handling.



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    Re: MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson

    He called back nyjer morgan to the box after a HBP last year, saying he leaned into it when he clearly didn't. He also threw out a fan at miller park. And everyone knows about the fare ball he called foul at dolphin stadium when he wasn't even looking at it. He thinks he is always right even if the replay proves him wrong.



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    Re: MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson

    Quote Originally Posted by stormchaser2014 View Post
    He called back nyjer morgan to the box after a HBP last year, saying he leaned into it when he clearly didn't. He also threw out a fan at miller park. And everyone knows about the fare ball he called foul at dolphin stadium when he wasn't even looking at it. He thinks he is always right even if the replay proves him wrong.
    Seriously? It's "fair."



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    Re: MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson

    Quote Originally Posted by no2cyclones View Post
    Seriously? It's "fair."



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    Re: MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson

    suspended for bad situation handling. I like that.



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    Re: MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson

    Wow, MLB actually admitted the ump was mistaken. A pretty big statement for them. I wonder the last time an ump was suspended.



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    Re: MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson

    Never been a fan of Davidson - he lives in Denver and during his hiatus (2000 to 2003) from umping he was on sports radio - his huge ego came through everyday on the afternoon drive. Very opinionated and came across as he was always right.



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    Re: MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson

    Quote Originally Posted by no2cyclones View Post
    Seriously? It's "fair."
    Ok, I posted that from my phone which has Swype which automatically types out the word and I don't always look to see if it's right or not



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    Re: MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson

    Quote Originally Posted by no2cyclones View Post
    Seriously? It's "fair."
    I don't care about the spelling...he has a great avatar.


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    Re: MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonz View Post
    Never been a fan of Davidson - he lives in Denver and during his hiatus (2000 to 2003) from umping he was on sports radio - his huge ego came through everyday on the afternoon drive. Very opinionated and came across as he was always right.
    Actually he was not away from umpiring. He was one of the many umpires who turned in their resignations in an attempt to show the umpires union was "all for one & one for all". But when that back fired, they tried to "take back" their letters of resignation but most of them to no avail. Davidson ended up going back to the beginning as in PBUC (Professional Baseball Umpires Corporation) & had to start at the bottom of the minor leagues & earned his way back to the major leagues.



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    Re: MLB Suspends Umpire Bob Davidson


    The Ed Hightower of baseball???



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