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West's crew making more friends each day

Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:23 pm
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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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:21 am
 

West's crew making more friends each day

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Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 11:08 pm
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Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:44 am
 

West's crew making more friends each day

What was not mentioned in this story was West missing another call on Stepehn Drew stolen base, as well Hernandez missed call on Hawpes put out at first. Padres have been struggling to get any calls their way and West and Hernandez are not helping!



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 7:40 pm
 

West's crew making more friends each day

As a season ticket holder for more than 10 years,i've got to say West's crew is one of the worst.West is a very good umpire behind the plate but everywhere else he's a disaster.Hernandez is incompetent and way too confrontational.I'm not a fan of instant replay though.I believe no one should umpire for more than 15 years in the Majors,the problem umps are usually the guys who've stuck around too long (see Jim Joyce)and/or are just in it for the paycheck(West,Buckner).Baseball is a young man's game and so is the umpiring of it.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:36 pm
 

West's crew making more friends each day

Joe West is a fat, turkey-necked slob.


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