Tag:Joe West
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:47 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 12:09 am

Ozzie Guillen's greatest hits

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Sometimes it seems like YouTube was made for Ozzie Guillen -- the always entertaining former manager of the White Sox has had plenty to say in news conferences, commercials and even if there's just a camera around. 

You can say a lot about Guillen, but he's never boring.

Of course, sometimes the mix of his accent and his favorite English words make it tough to understand exactly what his point may be, like in this clip:

But more often than not, he gets his message across loud and clear, such as his feelings about controversial umpire Joe West:

Or what happens when you have a bad bullpen?

And there's no question Guillen won't answer, or anyone too big to take on. Here he calls actor Sean Penn a "loser" for his comments about Guillen's native Venezuela and president Hugo Chavez:

Some cynics will tell you managers don't sell tickets -- well, take notice Florida Miami, Ozzie even sells tickets:

Of course, Guillen doesn't just deliver the hits, occassionally he'll take them:

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Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:21 pm

MLB denies Phillies' protest

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The good news for the Phillies is they don't have another game to make up -- the bad news is the MLB denied the appeal by the team of Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

A short release by Major League Baseball had the news and little else in response to the use of instant replay to rule fan interference on an apparent Hunter Pence double. 

The Phillies main gripe was that it was not a situation covered under the rules of instant replay. With MLB upholding Joe West's crew's decision to use replay to determine what happened at the wall at Sun Life Stadium could be another step toward the expansion of replay. As someone who has called for more replay, it's tough to complain or have an issue with umpires getting a call correctly, and that's what happened on Sunday. The bottom line is the umpires got the most information they could and made the right call.

Philadelphia doesn't have an off day the rest of the season and has two doubleheaders scheduled, Sept. 15 against the Marlins and Sept. 20 against the Nationals. Any resolution of a game from Sunday's game would likely have had to be played after the end of the scheduled regular season and two days before the start of the National League playoffs begin. With a 90-48 record, the Phillies have homefield advantage wrapped up and would have no benefit from that one victory, so in the end, it's best for the Phillies they don't have to use another pitcher to finish the protested game.

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Posted on: September 4, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2011 8:54 pm

Phillies protest loss to Marlins

Bryan Petersen
Charlie ManuelBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Phillies finished Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins in 14 innings under protest, following an instant replay review that may have cost the Phillies two runs in the sixth inning.

The protest came after umpire Joe West (who else?) used instant replay to review fans Hunter Pence double in the top of the sixth inning. After reviewing the play, Pence was called out on fan interference. Pence's ball was hit to right field, where Florida's Bryan Petersen lept to try to catch the ball, but instead a fan in a green shirt and another in a Phillies jersey and hat, leaned over the railing to try to catch the ball. The ball bounced off the fan in green's hand, just above Petersen's glove, then bounced off the outstretched hat and into the corner in right, giving Pence a double and allowing Ryan Howard to get to third.

As soon as West reviewed the play and announced Pence was out, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel argued and was ejected. In all, the delay lasted 13 minutes, with not only Manuel arguing, but also bench coach Pete Mackanin arguing it as well. Their argument was that fan interference isn't one of the approved uses of replay.

"If they wanted to see if it was for a defense play, I didn't think you could do that," Manuel told reporters (News Journal). "My understanding is that's not the rule." 

The fan clearly interfered with the ball, so ultimately it was the correct call. ESPN's Steve Berthiaume spoke with former Major League umpire Jim McKean, who told him that once the umpires decided to review whether it was a home run, the umpires could then use their judgement to rule on fan interference (Twitter).

According to the rule, the umpire can use his "sole discretion" in determining the use of replay, though Joe West told reporters the umpires were reviewing the home run (a charge Manuel denied), but that home plate umpire Chad Fairchild believed there was fan interference on the play. The second part of the matter was that the umpires ruled Pence out -- the Phillies outfielder didn't quite agree that Petersen was definitely making the catch.

"I'm going to say it's one of the best plays of the week if he makes it," Pence said (News Journal). 

Said Petersen: "I honestly don't know what happened. I thought I was going to catch the ball." (Sun-Sentinel)

The next Phillies batter after Pence, Raul Ibanez, doubled, which would have scored both Pence and Howard. Instead, after an intentional walk to load the bases, Wilson Valdez grounded into a double play to end the inning.

The Marlins then took the lead with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning with a run off of Roy Halladay.

Since the Phillies lost the game, Joe Torre will review the appeal. If Torre agrees the umpire erred, the game would be replayed from that at-bat -- but without Manuel, who was ejected. Here's a list of protested games that were later resumed, including, of course, the Pine Tar Game. No protest game has been replayed from the point of pretest since 1986 in a game between the Cardinals and Pirates.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:57 am

Poll: Joyce best umpire, West the worst

Joe WestBy C. Trent Rosecrans

As soon as Jim Joyce made his infamous call costing Armando Galarraga a perfect game last year, we heard many in the game leap to Joyce's defense, calling him one of the best umpires in the game. A Sports Illustrated poll of players upholds that, but also finds another controversial name in its top five umpires in the game, as Joe West came in fifth with five percent of the vote.

Of course, a similar poll by Sports Illustrated had West the overwhelming choice as the worst umpire in baseball with a whopping 41 percent of players responding naming West.

As for the best, Joyce was the leader by a wide margin with 35 percent of the vote, followed by Tim McClelland (18 percent), Jim Wolf (7 percent), Laz Diaz (6 percent) and then West.

The poll was conducted in spring training and had 237 players respond to the survey.

While West got votes as best and worst, the other four umpires in the top five combined for just 1 percent of "worst" votes.

McClelland, 60, got 28 percent of the vote from players in their 30s, still second to Joyce, but not by much. McClelland was less popular from the younger players, getting just 12 percent of the vote from players younger than 25. Position players also preferred McClelland to pitchers (23 percent to 13 percent).

Joyce blew the call for Galarraga's perfect game last year, but he earned high praise for the way he handled the situation, admitting his mistake and taking full blame for the miscue.

Joyce's contrition was the exact opposite of West's reputation as a bully and showboat. "Cowboy Joe" is known more for his quick temper than his country albums, although both are pretty bad.

It's still interesting that he was on both lists, but I would imagine some of it is from players who don't think West is as bad as his reputation. However, that five percent was outvoted by the 41 percent who did find him to be that bad.

The poll is only of players, but we know the Ron Washington's vote goes to Angel Hernandez.

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:59 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 11:23 pm

MLB removes Hernandez from West's umpire crew

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Major League Baseball has split up two of the worst umpires in the game -- moving Angel Hernandez from Joe West's crew, at least for the start of the second half of the season, the Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley noted.

West's crew received Sam Holbrook from Gerry Davis' umpire crew in exchange for Hernandez in a trade as lopsided as Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas.

West and Hernandez had a combined six ejections in eight days leading up to the All-Star break, including Rangers manager Ron Washington, who responded after the game by saying Hernandez "is just bad." He will be fined, no doubt, for speaking the truth.

Fraley said it was the only significant change in umpiring crews for the second half.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 5:44 pm

Leyland: Tension between teams, umpires a problem

By Matt Snyder

Tuesday night, Tigers' manager -- and famed sparring partner of umpires everywhere -- Jim Leyland was ejected by umpire Joe West. It was Leyland's second ejection in the past nine games, the other was courtesy of Ed Rapuano (pictured right). West is no stranger to tossing guys out of games himself. Justin Verlander of the Tigers and Bobby Abreu of the Angels were also ejected during the game Tuesday.

Wednesday, Leyland told reporters that something needs to be done to remedy the league-wide problem of screaming matches between managers/players/coaches and the umpires.

"We have to work harder to eliminate some of the tension," Leyland said, via the Associated Press. "You can feel it. That's just not a good situation. That usually causes blowups."

Leyland did point out that MLB's new executive vice president of baseball operations, Joe Torre, is on the case and that it's the responsibility of all involved.

"I'm not criticizing anybody," Leyland said (via AP). "I'm making the point that we all need to work together to resolve this situation, because it's getting out of hand."

I think most people would agree that there are far too many confrontations between umpires and members of teams. It's funny that people who argue against expanding instant replay don't like delays in the game, however, the screaming matches take far longer than it would to just look at a replay and get the call correct. That might help to solve the problem, but Leyland also has a great point. There is far too much tension.

The players, coaches and managers could surely settle down and not be so quick to start screaming at umpires, but it has to be a two-way street. I've written about this before when I took West's crew in particular to task, but I'll reiterate: Baseball is the only major sport where you see the game officials yelling back at anyone. Nothing can be accomplished by responding to a yelling player or manager with equal ferocity. Just let them vent, should be the umpires' stance. The umpires can respond after the game once everyone is calmed down or do so during the game in a calm, quiet voice. Yelling back only escalates the situation. If the umpires kept quiet, quit antagonizing the team personnel and stayed relatively anonymous, we'd all be ready to start giving the respect they very much deserve for doing such a difficult and thankless job.

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Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: July 4, 2011 10:26 am

Harsh words for umpires

Ron Washington

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Fines be damned, Rangers manager Ron Washington and Braves third baseman Chipper Jones expressed their frustration with umpiring Sunday.

Washington's target was Angel Hernandez, known far and wide as one of the worst umpires in baseball. After Washington and first-base coach Gary Pettis were ejected arguing that Florida reliever Mike Dunn had balked.

"Angel is just bad," Washington told reporters (via the Dallas Morning News). "That's all there is to it."

Probably adding insult to injury is that Hernandez is on the same crew as Joe West, another notorious umpire.

Chipper JonesWhile his specific beef was with rookie umpire Mark Ripperger, Jones took on the state of umpiring as a whole in his postgame comments, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"I've said it time and time again, the officiating in this league is substandard for the most part," Jones said. "I actually apologized to [Ripperger] after the 3-1 pitch, I said, 'I'm sorry. That pitch was right where the 2-1 pitch was and it was called a ball.' And he said that ball got plate.

"I knew that I was dealing with a larger than average strike zone at that point."

Jones tried to take first base twice in the at-bat, but Ripperger called the pitches strikes and Jones struck out to end the Braves' loss to the Orioles.

"I didn't say a word after the last pitch," Jones told reporters. "I know they are balls. I've been here 18 years, [and] I know what balls and strikes are. I know when guys are trying to pitch around me. He can stare me down all he wants; he made two bad calls."

Jones also said, "I guess it was a little too hot; [he] had to get on a plane." 

Jones' manager had his back: "I came back in here and looked at them on video; I thought they were awful," Fredi Gonzalez said. "I thought the balls were away, not even close. It's hard to lose a game on those two balls like that."

All three will be fined, but I'm not sure any of them care. In fact, Jones said as much afterward.

"I'm going to stick up for my team, if a guy's not going to do his job, I'm going to say something," he said. "If I get fined, I get fined. I don't care." 

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:23 pm

West's crew making more friends each day

By Matt Snyder

Stop me when you've heard this one before: There are some players complaining about Joe West's umpiring crew.

Yeah, I know ... pretty far-fetched, huh? (For my feelings on the crew, you can click here to read something I wrote a few weeks ago)

Anyway, Tuesday night, Eric Patterson of the Padres was deemed to have left third base early on a would-be sacrifice fly in the second inning by Joe West. One problem, at least according to the Padres, was that West wasn't even looking at Patterson. Nope, Padres' relief pitcher Mike Adams said that Wednesday a few of the players reviewed the video of their loss and noticed West wasn't even looking at Patterson. As Adams explained it to the North County Times, he made sure to point out that the Padres' players weren't exactly shocked, considering the source.

"As soon as it ended, a lot of us went in to go take a look at it," Adams said. "You really don't expect anything less out of that crew."

He wasn't done.

"There's a reason (West and Angel Hernandez) were voted two of the top three worst (umpires) in the big leagues. It seems like they've always got to be part of the game."

Lost in the mix of the incompetence of West, Hernandez, et al is that Padres manager Bud Black actually has a salient point about using video review. Situations like these are precisely where it would make sense. I'm not exactly for reviewing every single play, but whether or not a player leaves early on a fly ball is easily reviewable via video -- and also something that's pretty difficult for umpires to judge even if they are paying attention.

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