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World Series umpiring crew includes Gerry Davis, Joe West

Oct 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Gerry Davis has been named crew chief for the umpires assigned to the World Series and he’ll be behind the plate for Game 1, setting a new MLB record with his 112th career postseason game.

Other members of Davis’ crew include Brian Gorman, Fieldin Culbreth, Dan Iassogna, Brian O’Nora, and Joe West, whose inclusion is sure to raise some eyebrows considering his well-earned reputation as an attention-seeking instigator with a short fuse. He had an incident with the Tigers just two months ago.

Davis and West have each worked five World Series and combine for 64 years of MLB umpiring experience, while Iassogna and O’Nora will be working their first World Series.

  1. kevinleaptrot - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    What, no Angel Hernandez? He on vacation or something? SMH

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      I think that the Angel with the short fuse did work a playoff series.

  2. cur68 - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Post Season Quatto? Aw, man….

  3. mississippimusicman - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Joe West’s continued employment: proof of the upower of unions. If I was that bad at a job, I’d consider it a blessing to get fired, just so I could stop embarrasing myself in public.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Please. He has no shame.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Actually, I have trouble understanding how West called another playoff series plus the World Series if the union is so powerful. That he still has a job? Yes, that’s partly on the union. That he is taking extra games away from others? Hard to see how that’s the union’s fault.

      • mississippimusicman - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        I didn’t blame his assignment on the union, just the fact that he still has a job.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        Fair enough.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        I think he’s head of the ump’s union. I think that’s how that happens.

      • seeingwhatsticks - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        If West only has a job because of the union why would the league have him working the World Series? I think any rational person believes Joe West is horrible, but then we’re talking about Bud Selig sooooo….

  4. historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Oh, great. Drama King West. That’s fabulous. I might need to supplement my beer with shots. Sigh.

    • onehokiefan - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Hey, you’re talkin about the Singin Cowboy or some shit, right ? Every night he rides to the Golden Corral, no doubt….

  5. sophiethegreatdane - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    How on Earth does Joe West rate high enough to draw a World Series assignment?

    Perhaps this is just MLB’s way of keeping things lively and unpredictable?

    Entropy awaits.

  6. jasonwinter - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Maybe the NFL can follow suit and bring back the replacement officials for the Super Bowl.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Maybe West can buy some airtime for a commercial for his new CD? Nah, that’s what the GAME is for…promoting Joe West

    • historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM


  8. xtracrispy79 - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    So baseball chooses their best umpiring crew for the World Series in the same way that Fox chooses its best announcers?

  9. frenchysplatediscipline - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    No CB Bucknor?

    Well, I won’t be watching.

    • professor30 - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      you beat me to it frenchy, he’s by far the worst ump in the history of baseball.

  10. professormaddog31 - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    No Jim Joyce? I am appalled, sir. Appalled.

    • mcs7584 - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Joyce worked one of the NL division series. However, in looking back at the umpiring rosters of this postseason, Joe West is the only WS ump to have not worked in a previous series.

      • kevinbnyc - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        They were obviously keeping him fresh for the WS.

      • pdowdy83 - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Thats incorrect. Joe did work in a series already. He was the crew cheif for the Nationals/Cardinals series.

  11. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Joe West sucks.

  12. mcs7584 - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    The fact that Joe West is still a MLB umpire is one thing. To be named to the World Series umpiring crew is quite another and shows that no one with the ability to rid MLB of this thug is serious about doing so.

    • mcs7584 - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      But at least by starting in right field, he’ll have fewer chances to affect the series should it be a short one.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        Oh, he’ll toss someone in the dugout from there. Try him.

  13. daisycutter1 - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    “Joe Torre was named Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations on Feb. 26, 2011. In this capacity, he oversees areas that include Major League Operations, On-Field Operations, On-Field Discipline and Umpiring.”

    Snoozing Joe strikes again!

  14. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Joe West in this series confirms that Selug either doesn’t care one bit or wants to punish the Tigers for sweeping his beloved cash cow out of the playoffs. Either way it’s bad news for everyone hoping this would be a great series.

  15. timpaz - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Joe West nis a disgrace to his profession, and has no business in the World Series, he must have threatened to sue MLB, low life.

  16. alexb64 - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    News from the future! “In the 1st inning Prince Fielder struck out looking on a pitch he questioned umpire Joe West about. In Fielder’s next at-bat he hit a homerun & was immediately tossed from the game by West who felt the homerun was an attempt to show him up.”

    I wish that didn’t sound so damn realistic.

  17. beelza - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    that big fat incompetent dummy, joe mt.fuji neck west can’t see below his belly to call pitches. That big dummy.

  18. chumthumper - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Why do so many umps (to me, anyway) look like they never met a doughnut they didn’t like?

  19. onehokiefan - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Takes 14 clubhouse boys to clean the umpires bathroom cause Joe can’t seem to point and click. Rumor has it he uses a full length mirror to dress, whew that’s gotta be a sight !!!

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