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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

MLB umpire Joe West wins $500K defamation suit against ex-player who accused him of rigging strike zone

Joe West is a regular butt of jokes about poor MLB umpiring.

One former player’s story about the umpire cost him six figures.

West sued four-time MLB All-Star Paul Lo Duca for defamation after Lo Duca accused him on a podcast of trading strike calls for off-field favors. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled in West’s favor on Monday and ordered Lo Duca to pay him $500,000 plus interest.

Lo Duca had accused West of changing the strike zone in favor of former New York Mets pitcher Billy Wagner in exchange for use of Wagner’s 1957 Chevy. West accused Lo Duca of fabricating the story and consequently harming his chances of making the Hall of Fame.

Judge John Kelley agreed with West and ruled in his favor Monday after Lo Duca declined to appear in court or to address the allegations, according to the New York Daily News.

 

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