What's Up with Umpire Bill Hohn's Bias Against the Atlanta Braves?

Cameron BrittAnalyst IJuly 30, 2009

MIAMI - JUNE 9: Cody Ross #12 of the Florida Marlins argues with Home Plate Umpire Bill Hohn and gets tossed from the game in the 8th inning against the Cincinnati Reds on June 9, 2008 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

Bill Hohn.

A 20-year veteran of MLB umpiring...and the biggest anti-Braves fan of all time.

In two games where he has worked the dish this season with the Braves as competitors, Mr. Hohn (henceforth to be referred to as Stache) has successfully ejected five Atlanta Braves.

Bobby Cox twice, Chipper Jones, Eric O'Flaherty, and Brian McCann.

(Talk about a must-start in your fantasy umpiring leagues.)

Not only has Hohn fused disputes, he has also intensified them.

On the first occasion, against the Red Sox, he managed to butcher the strike zone enough to make even the mild-mannered Chipper Jones' veins bulge three-and-a-half inches out of his neck.

Any time you can do that, you've really done something bad.

Then there was Wednesday night in Florida.

Despite having a fairly consistent strike zone on this night, Stache managed to anger an even more mild-mannered Brian McCann on a questionable...err...s%#*ty call.

After having a few words, he followed B-Mac to the dugout.

Bobby Cox came out and defended his player.

Having nothing to say that made any sense, Stache randomly pulled out his lineup card and tried to manage a sentence out of his moustache.

Bobby, becoming angrier with each muffled word, finally got into Stache's ear a little too much and extended his all-time ejections record another game.

Still eyeing the dugout, Stache walked back behind the plate and finished "calling" the half-inning.

During the 'tween-innings pause in action, McCann further displayed his displeasure with Stache and also got the boot.

Stache was, as Joe Simpson said, "trying to pick a fight" and succeeded.

I normally don't advocate violence, but I would love to see a Manny Acosta fastball nail him in the facemask.

The commissioner's office needs to look at this.

In fact, I think that any ump who actually follows a player looking for further confrontation should be suspended.

When a player is trying to keep his cool by retreating to the dugout, the last thing they need to hear is Bill Hohn saying, "Get the hell out of here before me and my moustache make you!"

The grudge Stache holds against the Braves is obvious, and it is debatable as to if it is warranted.

Hohn was quoted after the game saying, "I hate those m%$#*%f#$@!%s, but my moustache is awesome."


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