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Country Joe West must be stopped

Posted on: May 28, 2010 6:34 pm
 

Baseball has ruled in the Joe West/Chicago White Sox balk flap, and the ruling is clear: Umpire Joe West, yer out ... of line.

He was. And is. Beyond reason. And without a shadow of doubt.

Now, this isn't exactly what baseball said. No. Fines were levied to White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, pitcher Mark Buehrle and West, according to the Associated Press, and no suspensions were dished out.

How is that blaming West?

Easy: Guillen was not suspended.

Given Guillen's profanity-laced tirade following the game, including telling the media that West is a f------ a--hole, a suspension for him was a given. Wasn't it? No way managers are ever allowed to take off on an umpire like that.

Unless the umpire is dead wrong.

Bottom line here is, Country Joe West must be stopped. He is a bad umpire, he's arrogant and he has his own publicist. Seriously. The only thing missing when he blows into town are the trumpets heralding his arrival.

His publicist has sent out multiple mass e-mailings already this summer offering up Country Joe for interviews, mostly touting his country music CD that he's recorded. The e-mails usually land in the in-boxes of local media a few days before West's crew arrives in town to umpire a game.

Best case, it is crass and in poor taste for an umpire to be drumming up publicity for himself.

Worst case, it's sending a blatant signal that he's as big -- or bigger -- than the game.

The old cliché is true, that an umpire is at his best when you don't notice he's on the field. That's as it should be. Fans don't buy tickets -- or tune in on television -- to see the umpires.

That's all bad enough. But West's behavior in the White Sox game the other day was beyond reprehensible. He's making himself look like a buffoon and, worse, he's damaging the integrity of his profession.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Country Joe West must be stopped

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Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2010 12:51 am
 

Country Joe West must be stopped

Swami,

I could not have said it better.  I've been arguing the same point about the definition with the word "deception" for years.  Thanks for articulating it so well!  Cheers!



Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2010 10:17 pm
 

Country Joe West must be stopped

Throwing equipment in reaction to an umpire's call is begging to be ejected, and EVERY PLAYER knows it. And I can't speak for the first balk, but the second balk, to me anyway, was CLEARLY  a good call.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Country Joe West must be stopped

Joe West's CD is selling like hotcakes. No wait. Joe West sold his CD for hotcakes.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2010 4:00 pm
 

Country Joe West must be stopped

I second that opinion after that story. Thank you!



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2010 3:58 pm
 

Country Joe West must be stopped

Granted, both Guillen and Buerhle acted improperly, but Joe West knows who to target!! I only saw the second balk call and Buerhle's reaction was like really, your kidding me, other guys like Andy Pettitte are much more obvious throwing to first or home than that video showed me. Your right though Big Red in the fact that the hammer should be laid on West for this. He knew exactly what he was doing, the publicist probably has suggested such action and West has received the exact attention from everyone he wanted. He should be suspended for a month, lose the publicist, stop the attention grabbing crap on the field and be an umpire!! If he so chooses not to do that then goodbye!! There is at least 1 good Triple-A guy waiting for their chance at the majors. Granted you lose Wests' ability to umpire, but the gain outweighs the loss!



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2010 3:30 pm
 

Country Joe West must be stopped

Sorry, Carlos.  I, of course, meant Ozzie



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2010 3:27 pm
 

Country Joe West must be stopped

All I can say is that with Carlos the Mouth against him, Joe West must be OK



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2010 2:28 pm
 

Country Joe West must be stopped

Buerhle shouldn't have been ejected for throwing his glove down.  At least he as pasion for the game and to be called for a balk that wasn't really a good balk by West, well West did it to drawn attention to him so people will talk about him.  I don't have a problem when players or managers show fight in them when bad calls are made, espically the way Buerhle showed his frustration.  It would be one thing if he threw his glove at Joe West but he didn't.  The league should demote West to the Minors for a few weeks.


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