NEW YORK, NY – Major League Baseball (MLB) professional umpire, Joseph Henry West or known as Joe West has been suspended from the game because of the comments he made about Adrian Beltre, Texas third baseman.
West has been suspended for three days because of his answer when asked who’s the biggest complainer in the major leagues. He mentioned Adrian Beltre to USA Today report which was published last 20th of June.
He said on the interview that Beltre was calling a strike in every pitch and he also mentioned his experience playing with Beltre as a terrible umpire. West told on the report that his pitch fell on the middle but Beltre called it’s an outside.
West also added that Beltre was a stink and that he’s not a truthful umpire. West said to Beltre that he might be a good ballplayer but he is sure that Beltre is the worst umpire in the league.
The World Umpires Association said that suspension was because of lack of impartiality and as a result, the league has decided to withdraw him from the game for three days. The union backed West as they found it irrational to suspend the tenured umpire from the game.
In a letter released last August 3, West’s first game of the suspension, it was stated that his suspension was made because of the unpleasant comments he did during the game.
The union found it unfair and unreasonable because exchanging jokes and humorous comments between an umpire and a player is a normal routine of the game. The union found it as jokes rather than a personal attack with Beltre.
West marked his big league first appearance in September 1976. He was the third umpire who had a record of 5,000 mark. The 64-year old baseball league umpire accumulated 123 postseason games but Gerry’s score is 10 ahead from West.