There never has been more information available when it comes to arguments with umpires, players and managers — and Joe Torre isn’t thrilled with that fact in his role as MLB disciplinarian.
“That’s a little concerning,’’ said Torre, the former Yankees manager and now the league’s chief baseball officer, a job which includes overseeing on-field discipline and umpiring. “You take what you can get, but it wasn’t supposed to be that clear. It shouldn’t happen.”
The preponderance of that information has become more common lately, as microphones have picked up what’s said on the field, leaving little to the imagination. Torre will take the information, but he’d rather it wasn’t available to anyone with a Twitter account.
“That’s not the way I want to hear it, for everybody else to hear it,’’ Torre said Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. “I wish I could hear it, only. It makes it easy to make my decision.”
He added he doesn’t have that kind of access often, but the Yankees have been involved in multiple instances when he has — both with Aaron Boone’s now infamous “savages” comment and Brett Gardner’s ejection Friday in Toronto, when home plate umpire Chris Segal tossed him for a comment that appeared to have been made by Cameron Maybin.
“Watching enough video, Gardner earned being thrown out,’’ Torre said, referencing the outfielder’s pounding of his bat on the top of the dugout. “Maybe not at that particular time. The umpire heard so much carping from the dugout he pulled the trigger on what he assumed was Gardner.”
And Torre insisted there is accountability for the umps.
“I know the talk about when umpires make a mistake, they don’t have any repercussions,” Torre said. “That’s not true. They watch their game every single day. … They get rated on bases or balls and strikes. … They’re human. They do care.”
Torre noted that ejections are up from a year ago.
“The umpires aren’t perfect, but they’re pretty damn good,’’ said Torre, who was at the Stadium for his Safe at Home Foundation Awareness Night. The foundation raises awareness about domestic violence.
Torre also is unsure of the future for robot umpires.
“The umpires are trying to keep players in the game and there’s a lot of evidence of that,’’ Torre said. “The electronic strike zone, we’ll see. I don’t know what the future holds for balls and strikes.”
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