I suppose the umpiring could be worse

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Bad calls are bad. But at least Angel Hernandez didn’t get tased twice because he was drunk and belligerent like this dude in Illinois was:

An umpire at of a Stark County High School baseball game was arrested on the field after allegedly passing out and attacking the first responders that tried to help … “I heard from my friends that the guy was resisting arrest and he said a few things he shouldn’t have said,” Stark County High School Student Noel Ellis tells us.   “They tased him twice.”

The local news report about this, however, is way better than the written article.

 

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.