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2010 Worst Umpire of the Year: Bob Davidson 
2nd-Nov-2010 07:00 pm
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Worst Umpire of the Year: Bob Davidson (61)

Bob Davidson is the Umpire Fantasy League's 2010 worst umpire of the year. In his 24th Major League Baseball umpiring season, Davidson finished the 2010 season with a league-high 10 ejections, up one from last season's league ejection leader Bill Hohn (2009's Worst Umpire of the Year), and up three from Davidson's 2009 mark of seven ejections. Davidson was selected as worst umpire not only because of his attitude, but because of his decreased calling accuracy, which, coupled with Davidson's aforementioned attitude, likely led to several of his ejections this season. Davidson officiated three games in which he administered multiple ejections: September 7 (STL-MIL; two ejections [one from each team]), July 20 (BOS-OAK; two ejections [one from each team]), and May 25 (BOS-TB; two ejections [both TB]). Davidson also administered the first ejection of the 2010 Regular Season on April 9 (ATL-SF; one ejection [Bobby Cox]). Notably, Davidson asked Brewers Security to remove an apparently intoxicated Milwaukee fan from the front row of seats behind home plate. The fan had allegedly been yelling inappropriate remarks in the direction of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. At issue during Davidson's ejections appear to be his demeanor and body language. One UEFL follower has said, "Davidson looks like he is going to cry when he starts arguing... I just think his body language is unprofessional at times and I can't standddd when he goes into his set on the dish."

Bob Davidson (61) now has 15 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League.

The next postseason award, Most Declining Umpire, will be released overnight.
3rd-Nov-2010 12:46 pm (UTC) - Amen !!
Above all else, it really is his attitude that sets him apart. Unlike Hohn and others, Bob looks like he believes he is never in the wrong and doesn't show an ounce of humility. The fair/foul blown call is a perfect example....He thought the replay and everyone else had it wrong. He should spend some time with Jim Joyce...but then I wouldn't wish that on Jim Joyce.
3rd-Nov-2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Trash Bob all you want, but he's pure old school. And in this "pc" day and age, a s.o.b. like him isnt the worst thing in the world. my two cents
4th-Nov-2010 05:30 am (UTC)
I agree, Bob is old school, has a lot of character, something that is lacking in todays baseball world of all the same uniforms, shiny, gleaming identical new stadiums( Wrigley and Fenway excepted). The game has lost a lot of character, and sometimes the only thing exciting about a mundane mid season mean nothing game, is a good manager/umpire argument. Todays umps with the exception of a few veterans are programed to think and act all in the same manner. Gerry Crawford gives about as good as he gets, sometimes even more(ask Joey Votto or AJ Hinch). No one has been calling for him to call it a career for the last half decade. We use the term "superstar" to describe a batter who is correct 3 to 3 1/2 times per ten at bats, or a pitchers who wins 20 or his 30 to 35 starts in a year. Yet when it comes to umpires people on this site are willing to crucify a person who is correct 99 times out of 100. The human element is still very much a part of the game, games are decided on one bad choice of pitch, or on fielding miscue. The third team on the field are human also. To try and reverse their decisions with the use of various electroninc and visual means, would be akin to giving the "superstars" a "do over" on an error, strikeout, or a curve ball that doesn"t. Ron Luciano once wrote that an absloutely assenine way to make a living was trying to throw a ball thru an imaginary rectangle 60' 6" away. The only more assenine profession was the person whose job it was to stand behind that rectangle and determine whether or not the first person was successful or not. I agree with the post that I am replying to and figure that if it was two cents worth, add this to it and we probably got about a quarter now. Anyone else want to contribute to the pot?
4th-Nov-2010 02:41 pm (UTC) - Get Serious !
HIS ATTITUDE SUCKS !!!! Thats the point !! There is nothing "old school" about that. Look at his CC this year, Tim Tschida. Polar opposites in terms of approach, quality and feel for the game. And TT has been around as long as Bob Davidson. Randy Marsh...was he "old school" ?? Randy was AWESOME and left terrific legacy for what an "old school" umpire should be. Is Tim McClelland "old school"? The list of QUALITY vetern umpires goes on and on.
4th-Nov-2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
You young guys who follow this fine site need to read the above post, and then re-read it, because it is as close to gospel as you going to see.

Davidson, for all his warts and percieved issues, is a baseball man. This guy bleeds umpire blue. Tough year? Absolutely. But, I ask you to look at his whole body of work as an umpire. He has been on the field for things you and I only fantasize about. Bob harkens back to another era...when he came up, guys like Tom Gorman, Nick Colosi, etc were the veterans, and those guys were absolute ball breakers.

The only "new" old school umpire in MLB now is Angel Hernandez, which is why he is at the bottom of the player's poll every year...he takes no crap. But his actual abilty to call a game is among the best in the league.
4th-Nov-2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
What a load of CRAP !! So you, who posted the previous statement would teach and advocate young and experienced officials alike to umpire like Bob Davidson. REALLY ?? So did Randy March, Mike Reilly, Tim McClelland not umpire in the previous era ? How about Tom Hallion and Tim Tschida? Brian Gorman? If Bob really was "baseball man", he would have far more respect for the game....PERIOD !
5th-Nov-2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Absolutely not...There are really two types of umpire...guys who are great examples, and those who serve as horrible warnings. Years ago, Bob was the former, he has morphed into the latter. But I have to believe, at his core Bob truly loves the game and being an umpire...why else go back to "A" ball at age 40 plus to work your way back up? Twenty to thirty years ago, Bob WAS the standard. Unforunately for Bob, it is a standard that is no longer relevant.
4th-Nov-2010 08:46 pm (UTC) - Just a thought...
Jim Joyce and other top rated MLB umpires maybe don't have to be ball breakers because the players know and believe the effort and desire is there to perform well. What little respect I had for Bob went to ZERO when he argued and defended his CLEARLY BLOWN fair/foul call. Even after looking at the replay...he still defended it and believed he got it right. Unlike JJ. There are many TOP RATED MLB umpires that are respected and don't put up with any garbage either. Jim Wolf and Ed Rapuano to name two off the top of my head. I don't see any players eatting Tim McClelland's lunch either. Or Tim Tschida. Sounds like Bob may have posted the previous statement himself !!
5th-Nov-2010 02:30 am (UTC) - Re: Just a thought...
I always tell coaches, players, ect. that if you want to be an umpire then you are never going to win a popularity contest. Bob is of the same ilk. He makes the calls that he believes are tight, inclduing the Fair/Foul call in FLA, and he takes no guff. The idea that becuase JJ apologized Bob has to as well is crazy. He called what he saw, there was no CLEAR evidence to say it did not pass the bag in fair territory, and although it looked bad...he sruck by his call. Even Doug "God" Harvey said that he would not have apologized as Jim Joyce did.

Whether you want to call Bob "old school", and "s.o.b.", or a "someone who bleeds blue," above all he is an UMPIRE. Not infallible, yet firm with his calls and unwilling to apologize to anyone for doing his best.

Bob Davidson embodies the reason Baseball is a special game. It is a game of charachters, human beings, and tight or wrong, he goes home every night knowing that he gave it 110 percent.

If you want to call him the worst umpire then fine. But he is an umpire and, in this day and age, good for him.
4th-Nov-2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
This award is isn't about Old-School new-school umpires, this is about Bob Davidson being the worst Umpire in the MLB this year. If you ever saw a game called by him this year it is not pretty. His strikezone might as well be the worst in the league. Inconsistency is an understatement with this guy. Every game is a different strike zone. He is not an Old School Umpire, He is just a bad Umpire.
4th-Nov-2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY !! Well said....
5th-Nov-2010 05:36 am (UTC)
The people that have posted talking about what Bob Davidson did in the past, or telling us to look at his whole body of work, don't seem to understand that this is an award for 2010 only. What Bob has or hasn't done in the past is irrelevant. He had a terrible year, and that's why he won this award. My only hope for him is that he follows in the footsteps of Bill Hohn, and steps up his game in 2011.

This thing about Davidson being "old school" is pretty much an excuse for people that want to explain away his behavior. There are plenty of old school umpires in the game today, and you don't see them acting like a clown on the field like Davidson did at numerous times this past season.

I respect the old school guys, but just because you're old school doesn't mean that you have class. And the old school label isn't an excuse when someone shows a lack of class, and a general bad attitude on the field.
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