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Bob Davidson’s awful umpiring is finally getting the attention it deserves

Bob Davidson

Home plate umpire Bob Davidson ejects Boston Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, not seen, during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, July 20, 2010, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


I’m glad to see that prominent media members are starting to focus on the fact that Bob Davidson is one of the worst and definitely the most confrontational umpire in baseball.

Last year Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch ripped into Davidson with a well-done column describing the umpire’s lengthy history of wrong calls and attention-seeking behavior, and now John Lott of the National Post has penned a similar column following Davidson’s latest “incident” with the Blue Jays yesterday.

Lott notes that Davidson led all MLB umpires with 10 ejections last season, points out his incredible propensity to call balks on pitchers, and explains how his tendency to “squat” more than any other umpire leads to a questionable strike zone when he’s behind the plate.

I can’t even begin to count the number of times over the years I’ve heard of an umpire-related incident and been right assuming it involved Davidson. Being a bad umpire is one thing, but being aggressively bad is what really drives me--and an increasing number of people, apparently--crazy when it comes to Davidson.