It's about time umpires are held accountable for their actions
Brett Lawrie has some company on the suspended list. Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and umpire Bob Davidson, yes, you read that right, have both been suspended 1 game for an on the field incident on Tuesday night. Late in the game, Phillies catcher Brian Schneider ran into home plate umpire Davidson when trying to retrieve a called third strike, which allowed an Astros player to reach base. Manuel yelled from the bench and was then tossed by Davidson.
It's "normal" for umpires to toss out managers for arguing calls and depending on how bad it gets, that manager being suspended for a game or two. However, it's not uncommon for an umpire to be suspended for his actions. Major League Baseball sent out a memo saying Davidson was suspended for his "repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioners standards for situation handling". Basically, it means Davidson has a short fuse and any attempt to upstage him means you get the boot, no questions asked.
Perhaps this is another example as to why Davidson was ranked 4th in a Sports Illustrated poll on baseball's worst umpires.
IMO, an umpire needs to be held accountable for their conduct and handling of situations. The nature of their job is subject to be criticized by players, coaches and fans. If their not thick skin enough to handle the fall out of a bad call, then they need to find a new profession. The problem is that somewhere along the lines, some of these umps got it into their heads that fans came to see them, not the players. I get that umpires are human and they'll make mistakes but at some point, they need to check their ego at the door and a) realize they aren't the main attraction at a game and b) do what they can to make sure the correct calls are made on the field