Baseball's back! Dingers, strikeouts, big hits, diving catches.... they're all back! Well unfortunately, so are umpires who make the game all about themselves.
There's just no need for this. Not only was that just an awful call by Kulpa, but his behavior afterwards is ridiculous. AJ Hinch was clearly doing his best to calm down the situation, and this effort was not met by Kulpa at all.
You can hear Hinch say "there's nothing for you to see here", referring to Kulpa's constant glaring into the Astros dugout.
Chirping from Houston bench leads to ejection of hitting coach Alex Cintron by plate umpire Ron Kulpa. After next pitch, Kulpa tosses Hinch. Astros coming unglued?— Gerry Fraley (@gfraley) April 4, 2019
There was no reason for Kulpa to be so confrontational, and Hinch and Alex Cintron (who never even left the dugout), suffered as a result.