I just wanted to know if ANYONE has EVER seen an ump reverse a call on ANY play (not involving instant replay). I've never seen it, and I've never seen any ump look like they might consider it. When the players/manager come out to argue, they usually end up yelling while the ump looks bored and annoyed.
My problem with it is that it NEVER seems to help, and if you get tossed for arguing, then you're hurting the team. I'm not saying some close calls don't deserve a good "Dude, seriously" but the in-your-face insanity that some players/managers seem to get into is just stupid. The ump isn't going to reverse the call, and then you're going to get tossed, which is less important for managers because a) they're pretty much a vestigial organ anyway and b) most of them sit in the clubhouse and send orders up, so tossing them doesn't do too much.
Does anyone think Carlos Zambrano's temper tantrum was actually going to make the ump go "Yeah, you're right, he was out, and I'm sorry"? Because I've watched a lot of baseball, and I've never seen a reversed call except on instant replay.
So I'd offer this piece of advice to all those players and managers out there: If you feel the call went the wrong way, politely, quickly, and quietly make your position known, don't repeat yourself for more than a minute, and don't expect to get your way, because if you get tossed the team is what gets hurt the most. I know tempers can flare, but goddamn it we're paying you millions of dollars to play this game.