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Time to Eject Joe West from Baseball

In a sport where umpires should be doing everything in their power to go unnoticed, West always makes himself seen.

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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Patrick is an avid Chicago sports fan. He is a Blackhawks season ticket holder. Blogging all things Bears, Blackhawks and White Sox, Chicago is well covered. Oh, and catch him talking and drinking on Four Feathers Podcast and Bears On Tap.

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3 years ago

[…] 3. You risk the possibility of players being ejected by umpires. This can unfairly impact one team more than the other (i.e. Tim Anderson being HIT BY A PITCH AND BEING EJECTED). You change the trajectory of the game and potentially have an imbalance of talent ejected from the game. See my fellow writer Pat Comiskey’s blog on Joe West ejecting Anderson. […]

3 years ago

[…] dive into that. DJ wrote about the unwritten rules and Comiskey got some serious love on his piece about Joe West (I mean, Rob Lowe liked it so you probably would […]

3 years ago

[…] We jump forward to the bottom of the 7th. The Cubs have Bill Buckner leading off the inning. He hit the ball to shortstop Ozzie Smith, who got the ball to first. In a close call at the base, Billy Buck was called out at first. He elected to voice his displeasure and was invited to take an early trip to the showers, care of “Cowboy” Joe West! Want the official On Tap Sports Net take on Joe West? My man @Comiskey22 articulated it beautifully here earlier in the season. […]

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