Aug 7, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter (26) leaves the field after talking with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn (70) during the eighth inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Baltimore Orioles won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Buck Showalter wants headset from umps so he can talk to replay officials (GIF)

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During Sunday’s Cardinals-Orioles game, an out call got overturned at second base after replay officials determined that Baltimore second baseman Jonathon Schoop failed to fully control the baseball.

That ruling led Buck Showalter to leave the dugout and gently disagree with the umpiring crew, who naturally informed Buck that it was the replay gang in New York who made the call and not them.

So, Buck naturally asked to talk to the replay gang in New York about their bleeping call. But by this time he had already been ejected from the game so the umpires did not respond to his request.

There’s a certain logical sense to it though. If a manager can scream and yell at on-field umpires, why can’t he scream and yell at the booth officials in New York via the headset?

Why should the booth officials be immune to getting cursed out by the Buck Showalters of the world? It doesn’t seem fair.

There should be some system set up so managers can hurl swear words at replay officials during the game. Maybe put the replay officials up on the big screen and let the manager point and cuss at them and throw dirt at them and spit on them and stuff.

That would be kind of awesome. 21st Century managerial meltdown.


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