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Monday, October 04, 2021

Record-breaking umpire Joe West to retire after postseason

Umpire Joe West has officially informed Major League Baseball he will retire after the postseason.

West, 68, broke the record for most games umpired, held by Bill Klem, when he was behind the plate for No. 5,376 in May.

“Breaking the record was the goal,” West told ESPN on Monday. “I thought I would do it last year but the season got a little messed up and I don’t think it was right to work until the point of the record then just quit.”

Known as a colorful figure, West has been a lightning rod for controversy at times over his storied career, but has always been considered one of the best at his profession by those in the game.

When he set the mark for most games umpired, Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa called him “the perfect guy to set the record because he represents what a lot of umpires should be.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2021 at 04:33 PM | 36 comment(s)
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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Joe West ties MLB record for most games umpired

Major League Baseball umpire Joe West is on track to break Hall of Famer Bill Klem’s record for the most regular-season games by an umpire this week. When West took the field as first base umpire in Monday night’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox (STL-CHW GameTracker), he tied Klem’s mark with his 5,375th career MLB game.

Klem umpired in the National League for 37 years before retiring in 1941, and was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.

The 68-year-old West made his MLB debut in 1976 at the age of 23, and plans to retire following the 2021 season. During West’s lengthy career—his 43-year tenure ranks as the longest by an MLB umpire—he spent 23 years umpiring in the National League before he moved to covering the entire league in 2002.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 25, 2021 at 09:34 AM | 28 comment(s)
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