Joe West hit by foul ball, shakes it off, flexes (Video)

Joe West has a reputation for being one of the toughest umpires in Major League Baseball. When we say toughest, we mean he is extremely stubborn and unafraid of infuriating managers with questionable calls. On Tuesday night, West showed us a different type of toughness.

Oakland A’s catcher Stephen Vogt ripped a line drive down the first base line off Bartolo Colon in the sixth inning, and it drilled West right in the midsection. Since West was standing in foul territory, there would be no arguing this particular call. But was he OK?

Old man Joe was more than OK. After making the “foul” signal, West stared toward home plate and flexed his muscles.


We have teed off on West on numerous occasions in the past, and he has deserved it every time. That said, any 61-year-old who takes a line drive to the gut and shakes it off like it’s nothing deserves a pat on the back. Nicely done, Cowboy Joe.

Umpire Joe West Stubbornly Takes a Run Away from Padres on Play He Didn’t See

The San Diego Padres already have a tough enough time scoring runs as it is. The last thing they need is umpires taking runs away from them. Sadly, that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday night thanks to familiar foe Joe West.

The Pads were tied with the D-Backs 1-1 in the top of the 2nd and Eric Patterson led off the inning with a triple. The next batter, catcher Rob Johnson, hit a line drive to right fielder Justin Upton. Patterson got back to the bag quickly to tag up, went home, and beat the throw. It looked like San Diego had a 2-1 lead. But Arizona appealed to see if Patterson left the bag to early and umpire Joe West said he did, reversing the run and turning it into a double play.

Padres manager Bud Black went out to discuss the call, and lip reading shows West told Black that Patterson left before Upton caught the ball. First off, replays on both the Padres and the Diamondbacks telecasts show Patterson did not leave early. Secondly, they both also show that WEST WASN’T EVEN WATCHING THE BAG!!!

Here’s a picture that shows West was watching the right fielder and not the bag:

[Read more...]

MLB Needs to Handle the Joe West Problem by Firing Him

MLB met with umpire Joe West a year ago to try and harness his behavior. Now it’s time for them to pull the plug and finally fire him. West was a part of two ejections in the Red Sox-Twins series this weekend and his comportment has been completely unacceptable.

On Friday night, West (who was not the homeplate umpire) went out of his way to get in between Red Sox manager Terry Francona and umpire Angel Hernandez. Francona wanted to talk about a balk called on Tim Wakefield. He was trying to approach Hernandez for the conversation, but West decided to make their talk his business. He stepped in between Hernandez and Francona and tried to block every move Tito made as if he were an NBA player trying to beat him to the spot to take a charge. It was completely inappropriate and another example of West sticking his nose where it didn’t belong.

On Monday night, it was more of the same for West. Twins infielder Danny Valencia was leading off the 9th in a 1-1 game and had a 1-1 count. He checked his swing on a Jonathan Papelbon pitch, did not go, but homeplate umpire Joe West said he foul tipped the ball. Replays show he didn’t touch the ball, so it should have been a 2-1 count instead of 1-2. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire came out to contest the call, tried to get West to appeal to the first base umpire, but he refused. West ended up tossing Gardenhire (here’s video of the sequence).

[Read more...]