Tim Anderson likes to have fun playing the game of baseball. The White Sox shortstop is currently batting an astounding .421 so far this season. Today, Anderson hit a long home run and surely enjoyed it.
Anderson’s next at bat: Hit by pitch. Naturally.
The Royals seem to be fans of baseball’s unwritten rules. Whatever. The benches cleared, zero punches were thrown. Everyone cooled down, everything was fine. Insert Joe West making sure everyone knows that Joe West is umpiring this baseball game.
West proceeded to eject pitcher Brad Keller for intentionally hitting Anderson. Wasn’t really necessary; warnings would have be adequate. But then, in typical Joe West fashion, Tim Anderson was thrown out of the ballgame as well.
For what? Getting hit? Being naturally upset that he was thrown at intentionally? He threw zero punches. He didn’t break a single rule. Joe West does not care. Go sit down, Timmy.
Joe West does things like this all the time. He ejected Mark Buehrle in 2010 for dropping his glove to the ground after two non-balks were called balks by West. He threw Joe Maddon out of a game last year for trying to visit the mound during a game. It’s never ending. Ozzie said it best.
Enough is enough. Joe West thinks people pay money to watch him umpire. In a sport where umpires should be doing everything in their power to go unnoticed, West always makes himself seen. Enough. Major League Baseball needs to intervene and send ol’ Cowboy Joe into retirement.
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