Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 5/10/13
Umpire Fieldin Culbreth, who was the crew chief of the crew that horrifically misinterpreted a rule in last night's Angels-Astros game, has been suspended for two games and fined after the incident. The other three umpires in the crew, Bill Welke, Brian O'Nora, and Adrian Johnson, were all fined as well. Two games and a fine isn't immediately going to solve all of the problems with umpiring, but the league punishing Culbreth and his crew and making it public is a start, at the very least.  For Culbreth and his crew to blow a call (like Angel Hernandez and his crew on Wednesday in Cleveland) is one thing and keeps the whole "human element" that the league loves to parrot intact, but for them to misinterpret a rule? That's a whole new frontier, and something that deserves a harsh punishment. Could you imagine if say, the umpiring crew let a manager pull back a pinch hitter and replace him with the initial hitter after he were announced because of a pitching change? Something like that would never fly, and while the situation on Thursday in Houston wasn't identical to that, it sure is embarrassing for the league's umpires to not know the rules of the game like the back of their hand. [follow]

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