Buck Misses Arguing

DSCN4907According to Ben Standig and MLB.com, Buck Showalter misses arguing with umpires.  Standig states: “The introduction of instant replay this season has curtailed the manager-umpire argument. That’s a bummer for O’s skipper Buck Showalter. … Showalter has yet to use the challenge rule this season, though he’s ventured onto the field at times to discuss matters with umpires — including during Saturday’s 2-1 win. ‘I got out there and I said [to the first-base umpire], How is this working for you? I really miss arguing with you guys,’ said Showalter. ‘He said, ‘We don’t.'”

Standig also notes that Showalter said to O’s catcher and current broadcaster Rick Dempsey, “‘Can you imagine Earl not being able to vent that frustration? … Never being able to argue all year.'”

So far, the use of instant replay certainly seems to be frustrating some managers, but we’ll have to see how it goes throughout the year. But Buck is probably right, Earl Weaver would be having no part of it!

~ baseballrebecca





2 thoughts on “Buck Misses Arguing

  1. I have mixed feelings about instant replay. On one hand, it provides some clarity on close calls (to a point), but I also feel like it takes away from the spontaneity of the game. A mistake by an umpire can be as much a game-changer as an error, and I feel like that’s just part of it. Instant replay takes away some of that, and if umpires screw up in spite of it, it just makes it that much more frustrating.


    1. It just seems like it is causing a lot of frustration – there have been so many questioned calls, even after they’ve been reviewed. And it’s only April! It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.


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