A strange thing happened in the eighth inning of Saturday night’s Cubs-Phillies game. Veteran umpire Joe West, working third base, noticed Phillies reliever Austin Davis pull a notecard out of his back pocket before pitching to Addison Russell, and decided he needed to know more, and brought the game to a halt.
Joe West has been an umpire for 42 years, long enough to have seen pretty much damn near everything there is to see in the sport. Six World Series, nine League Championship Series, eight League Division Series, and three All-Star Games will do that to you. Bet he’s never been owned by a restaurant, though.
In June, on the occasion of becoming just the third major-league umpire ever to work 5,000 games, Joe West sat for a wide-ranging interview with USA Today, and one of the questions asked who believes is baseball’s biggest complainer.
Mariners DH Nelson Cruz came to the plate in the sixth inning of tonight’s All-Star Game. But before he stepped into the box, he stopped to take a cell phone photo with umpire Joe West. “The oldest guys in the game,” he told West after Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina snapped the photo.
Umpire Joe West will take the field for his 5,000th game tonight, and Jeff Passan has a profile of him over on Yahoo Sports to commemorate the occasion. There are quite a few interesting tidbits—he golfs with Hawk Harrelson! He doesn’t seem to care even in the slightest about how much people hate him!—and there’s also…
You know Joe West. Of course you know Joe West, because West is the only MLB umpire who thinks you’re there to see him instead of the game. Picking fights, escalating confrontations, offering opinions when none are asked for, and ejecting West craves being the center of attention, and wants nothing more than to eject…
MLB umpire/country music singer Joe West wasn't nimble enough to avoid Stephen Vogt's foul line drive in Tuesday night's A's-Mets game, so he ended up taking a ball right to the chest. West didn't have the protective equipment of a home-plate umpire, but he was fine.
It was a tough night behind the dish for Joe West, who got knocked hard in the ol' noodle by the follow-through of Carlos Lee's swing. The game was delayed for a few minutes while West was attended to by the Braves' medical staff. Sadly, as far as we know, he did not pass the time by humming a few tunes from his…
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Doesn't it seem like umpire Joe West is in the news a lot lately? That's no accident, thanks to his publicist. Yes, an umpire, who's only doing well when he's not being noticed, has a publicist. And a country record!
Umpire Joe West was the crew chief for the World Series that just ended and apparently nobody watched. Cowboy Joe West ... hey, that's the same guy!