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Major League Baseball is full of umpires who have convinced themselves that fans attend baseball games to watch them call balls and strikes or signal safe or out. One of those umpires, the infamous Joe West, didn’t like a story told about him by a former player, went to court, and was awarded a half million dollars. This story tells you everything you need to know about how badly umpires are ruining Major League Baseball and why Joe West and many others need to be fired!
The New York State Supreme Court was abuzz Monday when a ruling came down in the case of Major League Baseball umpire Joe West and former MLB player Paul Lo Duca. In the suit, West claimed that his reputation was forever soiled by comments the long-time catcher made during an interview.
The comments, according to West, would have painted the umpire of over four decades with the same brush as “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Pete Rose, and Barry Bonds, the brush of a cheater.
In the May 2019 interview, Paul Lo Duca repeated a story told to him by former closer Billy Wagner, who claimed Joe West would borrow something from Wagner anytime he was in town. As a result, as recounted by Lo Duca, “every time (West came) into town (Wagner lent) him (his) ’57 Chevy so he can drive it around, so then he opens up the strike zone for (Wagner).
At the heart of West’s case was the fact that a former player and an agent called into question his integrity and character so much, he would be unable to (Get This) make the Baseball Hall of Fame. As a result, the umpire filed a lawsuit in October 2019, and won over $500,000 earlier this week.
It is the height of hubris for Joe West or any umpires to think they deserve Hall of Fame election. For Joe West to take that and use it as the basis for a legal argument is bad enough; but not as bad as any court buying the argument and awarding a half million dollars as a result.
West, who is well known as one of the most self-centered and self-important umpires in the Majors, is perfect for such a lawsuit since I am sure somehow he should already be enshrined in Cooperstown, and those who vote on such an honor are just waiting for him to hang up his ball/strike counter.
If Joe West is in such a hurry to have his bust displayed at the Hall of Fame, the first thing he needs to do is do baseball fans a favor and quit his day job.
West has been a black eye on Major League Baseball on more than one occasion, and this is just another time that the umpire has brought the wrong kind of attention to himself and the game. Then again, Joe West wouldn’t have it any other way, which is why he needs to be removed from his job. Because no one is bigger than any sport, including umpires, who are only noticed for all the wrong reasons, just as he is being noticed now. This is proof that Major League Baseball is at the mercy of its umpires, and why people who think like Joe West believe they are Hall of Famers, because they are untouchable, and now a court has affirmed that belief.
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