Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, following up his prescient comments about the ability (or lack thereof) of ALDS umpires, posted a story this afternoon in his 38 Pitches blog, expounding on his criticism of C.B. Bucknor & Co. Bucknor blew a couple of calls at first base in Thursday night's Game 1, a 5-0 Red Sox loss. He is scheduled to work behind the plate in Friday night's Game 2.
On Wednesday, Schilling wrote: "To be honest, one of my biggest fears is the umpiring crew. This is about as bad a crew as I have ever seen assembled. Joe West, for all his pomp and circumstance, can ump a game. C.B. Buckner? Greg Gibson? Not so much. I’m blown away that A) They made the postseason and B) They are umping what I think will be the most-watched series. If I HAD to put them on the postseason roster, I’d try to hide them on the outfield foul lines of Colorado. Look for BOTH to have game impact in this series."
He followed that with an interview on The Big Show Thursday afternoon, in which he said: "It is embarrassing. Listen, Joe West, I think he is an ass and I have had problems with him forever, but here is the thing: Joe West is a pretty decent umpire. Greg Gibson and C.B. Buckner? They suck. They’re horrible, horrible, and they are not the only ones. The first thing that comes to mind is [for] a merit system or an achievement system to be in the postseason."
In today's post, Schilling explains what makes a bad ump, focusing on those who constantly get in confrontations with players and managers on both teams. Writes Schilling: "The MLB umpiring system is the most flawed thing in the sport. There is very little oversight or demand for a major league level of performance. ... I have an immense amount of respect for Sandy Alderson [the executive vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner's office], but I think he’s failed horribly at implementing a system to FORCE umpires to improve their performance in the major leagues."
About Bucknor, Schilling writes: "I just don’t think he’s a very good ump and in his tenure in the big leagues has not improved even a little."
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