It's pretty safe to say that this has not been a great year for the umpires.
Every other week, there seems to be some type of controversy surrounding one umpire or another.
With the increased technology, there are millions of baseball fans who find the use of instant replay during the games necessary to avoid this exact controversy.
Despite having the ability to right certain umpiring wrongs that have altered the outcomes of games this season, aside from home run rulings, MLB brass has still ruled against implementing instant replays during games.
This decision has added pressure on the umpires and put them in a position to be heavily scrutinized by players, managers, fans and the media.
The added pressure has affected the actions and the decision-making of some of these umpires. They have found the need to assert themselves over the players and managers.
Whether they're tossing people or initiating arguments, umpires have certainly taken matters into their own hands this season.