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Poll: Joyce best umpire, West the worst

Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:57 am
 
Joe WestBy C. Trent Rosecrans

As soon as Jim Joyce made his infamous call costing Armando Galarraga a perfect game last year, we heard many in the game leap to Joyce's defense, calling him one of the best umpires in the game. A Sports Illustrated poll of players upholds that, but also finds another controversial name in its top five umpires in the game, as Joe West came in fifth with five percent of the vote.

Of course, a similar poll by Sports Illustrated had West the overwhelming choice as the worst umpire in baseball with a whopping 41 percent of players responding naming West.

As for the best, Joyce was the leader by a wide margin with 35 percent of the vote, followed by Tim McClelland (18 percent), Jim Wolf (7 percent), Laz Diaz (6 percent) and then West.

The poll was conducted in spring training and had 237 players respond to the survey.

While West got votes as best and worst, the other four umpires in the top five combined for just 1 percent of "worst" votes.

McClelland, 60, got 28 percent of the vote from players in their 30s, still second to Joyce, but not by much. McClelland was less popular from the younger players, getting just 12 percent of the vote from players younger than 25. Position players also preferred McClelland to pitchers (23 percent to 13 percent).

Joyce blew the call for Galarraga's perfect game last year, but he earned high praise for the way he handled the situation, admitting his mistake and taking full blame for the miscue.

Joyce's contrition was the exact opposite of West's reputation as a bully and showboat. "Cowboy Joe" is known more for his quick temper than his country albums, although both are pretty bad.

It's still interesting that he was on both lists, but I would imagine some of it is from players who don't think West is as bad as his reputation. However, that five percent was outvoted by the 41 percent who did find him to be that bad.

The poll is only of players, but we know the Ron Washington's vote goes to Angel Hernandez.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:47 am
 

Poll: Joyce best umpire, West the worst

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:28 am
 

Poll: Joyce best umpire, West the worst

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Poll: Joyce best umpire, West the worst

Randy Marsh was always my favorite ump and geologist.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Poll: Joyce best umpire, West the worst

Joe West, CB Buckner and Angle Hernandez are the worst.. BTW cb buckner is not bad at balls and strikes, if u like fast games and pitchers duels. he has the biggest srike zones, and his games usually go -under. I personally hate that some umpires have a stike zone the zone of a penny.  Then thye talk about "juiced balls". How about--- every hitter hitting 3-1 all the time.??  On the bases, for get about it. Angel Hernandez at 1st base, is a crap-shoot, as to safe or out. TERRIBLE. 



Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Poll: Joyce best umpire, West the worst

its a shame we know the names and strike zones etc of umpires. if you know thier name, thier probably not that good and have issues



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:26 am
 

Poll: Joyce best umpire, West the worst

Totally surprised Bob Davidson didn't show up on the bad list.  He is in the middle of controversy and has a temper just as short as Joe West.  In fairness,  these guys are perfect and it is a hard job when TV reviews everything you do from 5 different angles.  That is why Joyce is so respected,  when he does mess up he takes responsibility.



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:42 am
 

Poll: Joyce best umpire, West the worst

I don't know much about Jerry Meals, but his horrible call at home plate against the Pirates makes me think that guy is not so good (maybe he is good, he just don't see that well).

I agree that Dutch Renert was the best all time.  If not for competence, then defintely for showmanship.  When I was a kid we used scream as loud as we could at each other whenever we threw a strike :-)




Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:47 am
 

Poll: Joyce best umpire, West the worst

Angel Hernandez stinks too. Favorite all time Dutch Renert.


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