One Last Thing About Umpire Videos

Two years after Bryan LaHair was an All-Star, he was playing abroad. A year after Mets went to the World Series, they lost in the Wild Card game, and a year after that, they won 70 games. No, what you care about is the part of the video where umpire Tom Hallion calms down an angry Mets infield, and then turns to deal with a literally hopping mad Terry Collins. Manfred is referring to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between MLB and umpires, which is not the same as the CBA between MLB and players. "Those guidelines state that all audio from umpire microphones that are not aired during the telecast are to be deleted immediately after the game," MLB said in statement to SN on Thursday, adding that a review is underway to determine how the Collins audio was leaked. Litigation is far more common in this relationship than it is between MLB and players, and last year WUA members formally protested verbal attacks on umpires by players and coaches by wearing white wristbands. Which leads to another question, however: if umpire audio really is supposed to be deleted immediately after a game, then why was this particular item available to be leaked in the first place? In light of the arrangement between the umpires and the league, it should probably have never have existed - and certainly not more than two full years later. At the same time, it also shows the sort of verbal attacks which the WUA was protesting last year, and really makes you understand more just how hard an umpire's job really can be.

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