Laz Diaz, what are you doing? After calling Ramon Laureano out on a questionable strike, putting a bow on the Athletics' 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays, Diaz got into an unnecessary argument with the center fielder over the call and nobody is sure why.
Ump was looking for an argument even after the last out 臘♂️ pic.twitter.com/BJ3lp8A46K— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) April 20, 2019
I mean, what's the point of this? The game's over at this point, there's nothing to gain from any argument.
This is the type of thing that can create further tension between players and umpires, which is already an issue. It's a controversial call, but there's no need for Laureano and Diaz to get into this spat. The game's over: let it be.
Plus, considering Diaz's history with controversial confrontations with players, maybe it's time for the MLB to reconsider his status in the league as an ump.
Ramon Laureano on confrontation with home plate umpire Laz Diaz to end the game: "I don't remember what he said, to be honest. ... In those moments I'm pretty heated. I know that. But it's in the past already. I feel good. Tomorrow's gonna be a good day."— Ben Ross (@BenRossSports) April 20, 2019
Well, it's good to see that at least Laureano's put it in the past, which is exactly where this should stay.
For the record though, maybe the MLB needs to start having more conversations between umpires and players to avoid incidents like these because they've been getting pretty out of hand lately.