This should never be allowed by an umpire – I don’t care how close he might be with the player.
It doesn’t look like Hunter was happy the umpire, Paul Nauert, did that either, as he reacts all, like, ‘get out of here with that hand.’
This all went down after Torii Hunter was plunked by Bud Norris following Ian Kinsler’s 2-run home run. Hunter was hit in the hip and exchanged words with Norris on his way to first. Norris was ejected from the game and then lost his cool.
Torii Hunter on ump patting him in the face: “That’s my buddy. I’ve been knowing him too long. He was just trying to, ‘Come on, T.”
— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) May 13, 2014
Nauert still shouldn’t do that and will likely be told that by league despite Hunter downplaying the (entire) situation after the game.
Source: MLB expected to review incident involving ump Paul Nauert putting a hand on face of #Tigers Torii Hunter, as early as Tuesday.
— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) May 13, 2014