Good news. The league made a lot of progress in both areas on Friday as it announced that veteran umpire Fieldin Culbreth, the crew chief during Thursday's night's controversial Angels-Astros game in Houston, has been suspended two games for his crew's misapplication of Rule 3.05(b), which allowed Houston manager Bo Porter to make an illegal pitching change during the seventh inning.
MLB also announced that Culbreth’s other crew members — Brian O’Nora, Bill Welke and Adrian Johnson — have received undisclosed fines stemming from their roles in the incorrect ruling.
This is ground-breaking news considering MLB's long, frustrating history of playing it close to the vest when it comes to disciplining its umpires. We know it's happened in the past for various misapplications and misinterpretations, but the public acknowledgement of said mistakes is a welcomed change. We know the umpires will take notice, which is something that needs to happen.Read More »from Umpire Fieldin Culbreth suspended two games for misapplication of rules in Angels-Astros game