In light of a few high profile player-ump confrontations this year you’d think that we’re reaching some sort of boiling point in white-gray-blue relations, but that’s simply not the case:
From 2002 to 2005, at least 100 ballplayers per season were tossed out of games by umpires. After a slight decrease the past three years, ejections have dropped by a staggering 30% this season. Through Sunday’s games, only 62 players had been sent to the locker room for an early shower.
Maybe everyone just forgot the magic words.
(thanks to Pete Toms for the link)