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Joe West got the message

Oct 3, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

Joe West

Joe West’s umpiring crew was broken up in the middle of the season, with Angel Hernandez being shipped out.  As The Common Man — who had previously tracked Joe West’s exploits — notes over at The Platoon Advantage today, West must have gotten the message:

Indeed, West’s crew, which was lapping the field in early July for the most ejections in baseball, only tossed seven people over the course of the second half. They were caught and passed by Jerry Layne’s crew in September, and almost caught by Tim Tschida’s crew of umpires as well.

He was almost docile in the second half.  Amazing what a little tough love can do.

  1. lanflfan - Oct 3, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    If Cowboy Joe really “got the message”, he would retire.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Oct 3, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    So you’re saying Joe Torre offered him two Scooby snacks? or was it three?

  3. dowhatifeellike - Oct 3, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    I remember when Tschida’s crew used to do most of the Orioles home games. Those were better days for balls and strikes.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Oct 3, 2011 at 6:16 PM

      I’ve always been a fan of Tschida’s unique strike call, that and how he always shows the count with his fingers after every single pitch.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Oct 3, 2011 at 6:33 PM

        All umpires working the plate are required to do that.

      • Richard In Big D - Oct 3, 2011 at 6:59 PM

        They may be required to, but…

  4. Old Gator - Oct 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Tough love is okay. Taking the bastard by the throat and beating the living shit out of him would have gotten even better results.

    Of course, Joe Torre has gotten a little too old for that sort of thing.

    • havlicekstoletheball - Oct 3, 2011 at 6:14 PM


      By the looks of West, he doesn’t HAVE a throat. Players who complain are annoying, and I wouldn’t wanna listen to it, either. But umpires who are deliberately confrontational stand to ruin the game. Torre needs to keep the pressure on umpires like West.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Oct 3, 2011 at 6:36 PM

        Yeah, that’s it. Advocate violence against someone because they aren’t good at their job.

        Do you threaten to beat the shit of the old people at Wal-Mart if they don’t greet your properly?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 3, 2011 at 6:56 PM

        I used to just pass over the umpire posts, because frankly, I don’t give a shit about them. But since the aptly named “Baseball Idiot” started posting his defenses of pieces of shit like Joe West, these posts are now the highlights of my day on

        Keep up the great work Craig…and “The Baseball Idiot”

      • Old Gator - Oct 3, 2011 at 7:24 PM

        Baseball Idiot, re-tune your antennae for “irony,” will you? One only wants one’s cyberspatial handle to be appropriate up to a point.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Oct 3, 2011 at 7:54 PM

        Wow, advocating violence is “irony”? I guess terrorists are only waxing poetic about ‘killing infidels” and don’t really mean it.

      • The Common Man - Oct 3, 2011 at 8:02 PM

        Back off, TBI. Gator was clearly being sarcastic, not advocating violence. If you can’t see that, you need glasses more than Cowboy Joe does.

      • nixonotis - Oct 3, 2011 at 8:25 PM

        TBI, did you just compare Gator’s post to terrorism? You’re living up to your name.

  5. phightinsphan - Oct 3, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Joe West is absolutely horrible. Only manager in baseball who seems to be biased every single time he works one of our games. There is no need in the game for this whatsoever. The message he was given should have neen more on the lines of, do your job the way it is supposed to be done or look for employment elsewhere. Only official in professional sports who if he was attacked by a player is personally feel it would be understandable.

    • presidentmiraflores - Oct 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM

      Psst, he’s not a manager, bro.

    • notsofast10 - Oct 3, 2011 at 10:06 PM

      Why is everybody upset about a peanut vendor in the crowd?

  6. hermitfool - Oct 3, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Maybe Joe’s crew got the message on tossing people, but they need to work on the whole accurate call businessl. (see blown call on the potential double in the DBacks-Brewers game over the weekend.

  7. mikedi33 - Oct 3, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Actually, umpiring in general was unacceptable this year. MLB really needs to a better job in this area. It is almost once they arrive they feel they have tenure and are bulletproof.

    • smokehouse56 - Oct 3, 2011 at 9:28 PM

      Oh no, you said “bullet proof.” Shame, shame, shame.

  8. 23yankees - Oct 3, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Should make that fat turd do only Yankee and Red Sox games. This way he would be working twice as long as any other umpire crew. Haha. Country Joe!

  9. brianbowman16 - Oct 4, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    I understand the frustration with the umpires, especially west, but the people calling for ‘change’ and ‘turnover in the ranks’ need to really back up and think about it.

    We have crap because we have no other choice, Selig will always back the umpires that people consider to be the worst, because generally those feelings come from those umpires making a few ‘wrong’ calls that went against ‘their team’ . The umpires who take the brunt of the aggression are the longer-tenured guys who have been around long enough to make 3 or 4 bad calls in the midst of THOUSANDS of absolutely correct calls.

    how would you feel if after you have worked at your job, after thousands of times actually REMEMBERING the cover sheet on the TPS reports, thousands of people freak out about the 3 or 4 times that you DIDN’T remember?

    and i know whats coming next, those TPS reports don’t affect the 50 guys in the game or thousands of fans, but try to get the point.

    Not trying to piss of the ‘real fans’ on this site, just trying to throw out a point that nobody was willing to bring out, in fear of being “the damned villain umpire lover’

    Go Tigers!!

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