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Gibson offers support for criticized umpires


PHOENIX -- Don't count on D-backs manager Kirk Gibson to join the chorus of people criticizing Major League umpires in the wake of a pair of controversial decisions.

"I disagree, I let them know," Gibson said. "If they disagree, they let me know back and we go and play a game. I certainly don't hold it against them. I don't think anybody blows a call by design and I think they do a heck of a job, I really do."

Before the D-backs game with the Phillies on Friday, Gibson was asked about the game Wednesday night when umpire Angel Hernandez ruled that Adam Rosales' ninth-inning hit was a double rather than a home run.

Major League Baseball reviewed the decision and said, in retrospect, it was incorrect.

"I make mistakes and I understand it," Gibson said. "I'm very critical of myself and I'm sure they are too, but you have to learn to move on. You've got to keep your head down and keep going in a positive direction. You can't get too bogged down in the criticism and the magnification and the people who are all weighing in on it. It's pretty easy to weigh in on it. Everybody is writing on the Internet and they're tweeting about it and they're ripping these people apart, it's just the society we live in. I don't like it."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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