Bob Davidson (umpire)
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Robert Allan Davidson
- Height 6' 0", Weight 230 lb.
- School University of Minnesota Duluth
 Biographical Information
Bob Davidson played college baseball at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He was a National League umpire from 1982 to 1999. He was one of several umpires who put in their retirement as part of a failed negotiation ploy, not expecting their offer to be accepted. However, the resignations were accepted, and Davidson found himself out of a job for a number of years. He returned to the majors as an ump in 2005, as part of the settlement of that long-festering fiasco. He worked the 1992 World Series and a pair of All-Star Games.
Davidson drew major controversy for his work in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. On March 12th, he overruled another umpire in saying Tsuyoshi Nishioka had left third base early on a would-be sacrifice fly by Akinori Iwamura; video replays did not bear this out and the call helped the United States beat Japan. Four days later, he called a double for Mario Valenzuela when the replays indicated a home run.
On May 18, 2012, he was handed a rare one-game suspension, following a heated argument with Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel on May 15th, which also earned Manuel a one-game suspension. The announcement from the Commissioner's office stated that Davidson had been suspended for "repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner's standards for situation handling." The two men used very foul language in an argument ensuing when Manuel alleged that Davidson had obstructed catcher Brian Schneider's attempt to recover a dropped third strike, allowing the Houston Astros' Jason Castro to reach base. He is known for having a short fuse, as is shown by his whopping 155 ejections from 1982 to the end of the 2012 season.
On March 31, 2014, Davidson was the first umpire to have one of his calls challenged by a manager under the provisions of the new expanded video review rule. Chicago Cubs manager Rich Renteria asked for a review of Davidson's call of out at first base on Jeff Samardzija, but the video evidence upheld his decision.
Davidson was inducted into the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.