Sports Umpire Joe West to retire at end of 2021 MLB season, report says

07:30  27 september  2021
07:30  27 september  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Joseph Henry West (born October 31, 1952), nicknamed "Cowboy Joe " or "Country Joe ", is an American professional baseball umpire in Major League Baseball ( MLB ). Born in Asheville, North Carolina, he grew up in Greenville and played football at East Carolina University (ECU)

Joe West is set to participate in his 5,376th regular- season game as an umpire Tuesday night when he is behind the plate for the Chicago White Sox's game against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. In a close-up shot on the Dodger Stadium video board, West could be seen laughing inside his mask. The Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves 12-6 that day. West , who has been an umpire during the reign of six MLB commissioners starting with Bowie Kuhn, is planning to retire at the end of the season , according to reports .

Joe West, one of baseball's most well-known umpires, is reportedly retiring at the end of the 2021 season.

According to The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham, West will call it a career after the campaign. In May, he set the MLB record for most games umpired with his 5,376th game.

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April 13, 2021 , 5:31 AM. Joe West is a regular butt of jokes about poor MLB umpiring . One former player's criticism of the umpire cost him six figures. West sued four-time MLB All-Star Paul Lo Duca for defamation after Lo Duca accused him on a podcast of trading strike calls for off-field favors. West , 68, is due to retire at the end of this season . He didn't respond publicly to Monday's ruling. His attorney Kevin Murphy did. “ Joe is very pleased with this result, and we are glad that Mr. Lo Duca is being held accountable for his actions,” Murphy said . Lo Duca has not responded publicly to the ruling.

West has been around baseball for close to half a century. He made the majors at 23, with his debut game on Sept. 14, 1976.

He has been on the field for multiple milestones, including Nolan Ryan's fifth no-hitter, Willie McCovey's 500th home run and Albert Pujols' 400th home run. He has umpired six World Series and 10 League Championship Series.

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West is also well-known for controversial calls and a varying strike zone, and that was no different during Sunday's Red Sox-Yankees game. He drew the ire of social media for ringing up Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu on a pitch inside.

According to a study by Boston University relased in 2019, West produced one of the highest rates of bad calls in 2018, with 11.43 percent of his calls being incorrect. The data found that between 2008 and 2018, West averaged 2.3 incorrect calls per inning.

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West recently found himself at odds with a player off the field. He sued former MLB catcher Paul Lo Duca, who claimed former pitcher Billy Wagner bribed West with a chance to drive a vintage car in exchange for a widened strike zone. West sued for defamation, saying the remarks hurt his chances of being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He won the case and was awarded $500,000 plus interest in damages.

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