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Baseball is going to review the Joe West-Mark Buehrle thing

May 27, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

Joe West mask.JPEGBruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Major League Baseball plans to investigate the dustup between Joe West and the White Sox during yesterday’s White Sox-Indians game.  I found this quote from discipline czar Bob Watson rather illuminating:

“We have either an umpire supervisor or umpire observer at
every game,” said Watson. “We will review all information available and
make a determination on what needs to be done.”

That suggest to me that they’re investigating West, not just figuring out whether Ozzie Guillen needs to be fined (why else would the umpire supervisor get mentioned?).  Of course since Major League Baseball never announces umpire discipline we may not know what happens to West, but I’m encouraged that they at least appear to be open to the possibility that he acted like a horse’s ass yesterday.

In other news, The Common Man — who has been on a roll with this umpire business lately — has a post up over at IIATMS asking whether Joe West has bigger problems than his on-field behavior. Like, say, using his fame as an umpire to boost his country music career.

  1. Jonny5 - May 27, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Joe West was almost suspended in 1990 for slamming Dennis Cook to the ground at Shea. He was later heard saying..”It wasn’t me, Quatto did it.”
    In 1984 he ejected two cameramen from Shea, Mets vs. Braves for them replaying a bad call at the plate. This was before Quatto moved into his neck pouch.

  2. D-Luxxx - May 27, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    While they’re at it, they should review that bit of shenanigans Girardi pulled in the 9th inning last night. At the very least he needs to be fined for delay of game. Not that the Twins would have won that game anyway, but seriously, that was shady.

  3. Dan - May 27, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    I move that we start Fantasy Baseball – The Umpiring Edition. You get points for ejections issued (pro-rated for the inning, so early ejections are worth more than late ejections) and public appearances. Joe West is my starting plate ump.

  4. APBA Guy - May 27, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Buehrle said something in the post game comments about West doing all this to support his CD.

  5. The Rabbit - May 27, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Interesting concept. Davidson should be an early round pick,too, judging by his tantrum earlier in the week in the Rays game.
    You could also get points for fabricating rules ala Jeter last year, but you’d need a commissioner with cajones (unlike the one in MLB) to award points for routine bad calls vs. the most egregious calls.

  6. Seth - May 27, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Southpaws have been getting away with that balk for years. Just do away with it and let’s move on. Learn how to step off and throw.

  7. joeysdadjoe - May 27, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    D-Luxxx
    While they’re at it, they should review that bit of shenanigans Girardi pulled in the 9th inning last night. At the very least he needs to be fined for delay of game. Not that the Twins would have won that game anyway, but seriously, that was shady.
    Happens all the time.

  8. D-Luxxx - May 27, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    What, the Yankees delaying, or having your starting pitcher come out to throw warmup tosses without ever facing a batter to buy time to warm up a reliever?

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