Home plate umpire Jansen Visconti threw out Tigers manager AJ Hinch and then threatened to do the same to Miguel Cabrera for arguing a strike call.
Hinch very rarely argues with referees – he is more of a reserved, analytical mind. However, his patience was tested on Sunday against the Texas Rangers. After a low strike call to Robbie Grossman (not the first of the game, I might add), Hinch had enough.
The Detroit executive rushed to home plate not only to protect his player but perhaps to say what Grossman was capable of at the moment.
George Lombard took over as acting manager when Hinch was sacked. But he has his two words in there.
Unfortunately for Visconti, his criticism did not end there. After Hinch was kicked out, Miguel Cabrera picked up where he left off in the dugout.
Cabrera, who was not in the line-up to start the game, could be heard chirping from the dugout. The Ump Visconti had had enough and yelled at the future Hall of Famer to keep his thoughts to himself.
Tigers: AJ Hinch, Miguel Cabrera try to wake sleeping ball club
Detroit has been far worse than expected this season. They took a big step forward in 2021, and some pundits thought they could be in contention for a playoff spot in the AL ahead of the year.
Apparently that didn’t catch on. Detroit sits fourth in a less-than-challenging AL Central and is 15 games below the .500 mark. Riley Greene’s promotion could help some, but the Tigers need to start hitting and fast.
Hinch and Cabrera can only do so much. A pure team meeting was faced with a loss the next day earlier this week. If Sunday’s efforts are not enough, nothing will help.
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