MLB umpires end protest against alleged mistreatment

Major League Baseball umpires ended their one-day protest against alleged mistreatment after the commissioner’s office agreed to meet with them.

The World Umpires Association, which represents umpires, tweeted that Commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to meet with union reps after several umpires wore white wristbands during Saturday’s games to show support for Angel Hernandez, who was criticized by Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.

“We appreciate the Commissioner’s willingness to engage seriously on verbal attacks and other important issues that must be addressed,” the union tweeted.

Umpire Joe West, one of the protesting umpires working Saturday’s game at Wrigley Field, declined to comment, but confirmed umpires would not wear the wristbands on Sunday.

A union representative did not return phone calls.