Todd Frazier, the starting third baseman with the New York Mets is requesting a meeting with Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred to discuss the growing frustration he has with the way balls and strikes are being called by MLB umpires.
Frazier had an argument on Wednesday with Lance Barrett, who was the home plate umpire in a 7-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Following the game, Frazier criticized the umpiring in the majors.
During an interview, Frazier said he would like to sit with commissioner Manfred or anyone at the MLB offices and discuss with balls and strike because it is rubbing everyone the wrong way. He added that you must be better, referring to the umpires calling the balls and strikes.
When asked, Frazier said everyone referred to hitters across the majors not only his teammates.
On Thursday, Major League Baseball announced that it did not have a comment related to the remarks made by Frazier.
The veteran of eight seasons and an All-Star twice claims that umpires had been worse this season when it comes to calling balls and strikes, and has already had a private meeting with one of the umpires to discuss the current strike zone.
Frazier would not give the name of the umpire he met with, saying that on Sunday he met with one while in San Diego. Doug Eddings, Marty Foster and Mark Ripperger worked home plate during the Mets series over the weekend with the Padres.
When asked about the meeting, Frazier said the umpire he met with had blown five balls and strikes call during the plate appearances Frazier made during one of the games. Frazier said that the postgame report provided to players for the Mets had the umpire missing calls on a total of 14 pitches.
Frazier told the media he respected that the umpire met with him. However, he said when you look at the pitches that are not strikes but being called as such you cannot just accept it something needed to be said.
The frustrations that Frazier has been having came to a head on Wednesday in a game in which the Braves starter Sean Newcomb shut he and his Mets teammates down.
He added that he was not making any excuses, we lost the game fair and square, said Frazier, but the bottom line is the umpires must get better.