Ausmus says Kinsler Fine Biggest He’s Ever Seen
Major League Baseball umpires have ended their one-day protest of what they called "abusive player behavior." Some umps wore white wristbands during Saturday's games. They are upset that Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined but not suspended for his comments about umpire Angel Hernandez.
ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that the fine was $10,000.
After a game last week in Texas, Kinsler said that Hernandez “needs to find another job.” He added, “…he needs to stop ruining baseball games.”
Kinsler said he was fined by Major League Baseball for his comments but did not disclose the amount or take back his words. "I just speak the truth and whatever happens, happens," Kinsler said Friday.
An article in mlive.com says the handshake in last Thursday’s game was one-sided.
“Hernandez worked second base in the series finale between the Tigers and Rangers, placing him just a few feet away from Kinsler for most of the game. The pair shook hands in the first inning, but Kinsler said that gesture was initiated by Hernandez. "It was pretty much one-sided," Kinsler said. "I shook his hand because I didn't want to not shake his hand, as disrespectful as I was the day before."
Kinsler did not disclose the amount of his fine, but manager Brad Ausmus said in his pre-game interview on Sunday that it was “the biggest fine, by far, that I’ve ever seen in almost 25 years at the major league level”.
“the biggest fine, by far, that I’ve ever seen in almost 25 years at the major league level”.
Hernandez is consistently ranked as one of the worst umpires in the major leagues. Bleacherreport.com ranks him the worst.
Kinsler is making $11 million dollars this season.