Managers, players, and umpires—three parts of a whole that baseball could not exist without. As frustrating as they can be, baseball needs umpires to provide a human touch when managing the game.
People hate to admit it, but human error is essential to any sport. Sometimes, it allows for a more entertaining game. Can you imagine a sport where every foul or penalty was called? Basketball and football would be unwatchable because of all the stoppages in play. Without umpires, if a players and pitchers get in a scrap, no one will be there to stop teams from escalating the situation to a full-on brawl. No one would be there to manage the pace of the game. Baseball already has the benefit of instant replay. Making the game fully automated would be chaos.
Whether you like it or not, umpires are also entertaining. They don’t care who you are. If you get in their face, they will get right in your face. Even controversial umpire calls give baseball more attention. Bad press is better than no press.
The suggestion that fans should suck it up and deal with human error is bogus. If there is technology available that could accurately call a baseball game, there is no reason fans should be subjected to inconsistent strike zones and arrogant umpires.
Too many times, umpires have changed the course of a game, a series, and championship with inconsistent calls. Player bonuses and millions of dollars for organizations are on the line when an important game is played. They deserve to have their play dictate who earns those spoils instead of a blown call.
Umpires are also human beings. Emotions get in the way, and games get affected by it. Being “shown up” is not quantifiable. Some umpires are more sensitive than others. If a player gets thrown out for trivial things, it is bad for baseball.
Some umpires think they are the real show, and treat the game like it’s their personal stage. Fans don’t want to see that. They want to see a consistently called game where play determines the result—not the decisions of a fallible human being.