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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.

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   1. Mefisto Posted: May 25, 2021 at 10:38 AM (#6020729)
Let's see if anyone can beat his record for "most games by worst umpire".
   2. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: May 25, 2021 at 10:53 AM (#6020731)
Rather that just make fun of how terrible Joe West is or how bad his country album probably was, I want to rag on this:

Bob Nightengale @BNightengale
Joe West will stand alone tonight, setting the all-time record for games umpired with a Who’s Who of celebrities coming into Chicago to witness the historic event.


From the article:
CHICAGO — The Oak Ridge Boys will be there.

So will Commissioner Rob Manfred.

And Chicago Bears icon Jim McMahon.

Fourteen-time Grammy Award singer Emmylou Harris, too.

There will be another 130 guests and friends traveling to Chicago for the historic game Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field between the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.


If Jim McMahon is the 3rd one listed...regardless, for literally the first time in his life, there actually will be people at the game to see him. Hopefully he gives them his money's worth.

“He’s like a traveling road show," says umpire Dan Bellino, who requested in January to be on West’s crew for the historic game. “He can’t walk through a hotel lobby without people stopping him. It’s like the parting of the red sea."


hahaha

He’ll walk into a honky-tonk, stuff dollars in the jukebox and play his own songs all night. “He’s the only guy I know," umpire Jerry Layne says, “that goes broke playing his own music."

He takes his golf clubs on the road, knowing they weigh exactly 78 pounds, but will tell the airline agent their scale is wrong. He traveled with his own fax machine until two years ago. The man never sleeps, and is always open for a good time.


I don't think those are exactly the loving anecdotes you think they are.

/FJM

Anyhow, not sure if everyone here has seen this before, because:

White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson was furious with MLB umpire Joe West, as many have been these past 44 years. On this day in 2010, West had called a second balk of the game on Mark Buehrle, and Hawk was so outraged he said on the air, "Joe West should retire!"

Two years later, after West had beaten larynx cancer, which had forced him to miss 18 games, West said, "Hawk comes barging into the umpires' room after a game, screaming, 'Where is that son of a b----?' Then he comes into the shower. I've got soap all over me. He says to me, 'Look, we can fight each other and we can hate each other, but don't you f---ing die on me, damn it!'

"We've been best friends ever since."


That link is not a picture of Hawk talking to a soaped up Joe West in the shower.
   3. DL from MN Posted: May 25, 2021 at 11:27 AM (#6020734)
West, 68, is planning to retire after this season


Hallelujah
   4. The Mighty Quintana Posted: May 25, 2021 at 11:33 AM (#6020736)
He’ll walk into a honky-tonk, stuff dollars in the jukebox and play his own songs all night. “He’s the only guy I know," umpire Jerry Layne says, “that goes broke playing his own music."


Another reason to hate those digital google-ized jukeboxes: no Quality Control.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2021 at 12:19 PM (#6020739)
It could be an ejectapalooza!
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 25, 2021 at 12:26 PM (#6020742)
“He can’t walk through a hotel lobby without people stopping him. It’s like the parting of the red sea."

It's not so much people stopping him as it is them being captured and pulled into orbit by his gravitational field.
   7. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 25, 2021 at 02:07 PM (#6020746)
Fourteen-time Grammy Award singer Emmylou Harris, too.


Emmylou is a huge baseball fan, specifically a Braves fan. I remember her being incredibly excited when mlb started streaming the radio broadcasts all those years ago, because she was on a tour of Australia and the Far East at the time, and it meant that she could listen to the radio broadcasts. I also saw her in Seattle about 20 years ago, and she had a stage hand who would relay her scores every so often, and she kept us informed on the progress of the Mariners' game.
   8. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 25, 2021 at 02:12 PM (#6020748)
John Kruk was rambling on last night about the time he and West met in a bar and talked for hours about non-baseball stuff and Kruk got a new perspective on West.

“Conversations I don’t want to overhear for 2,000, Alex”
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 25, 2021 at 02:28 PM (#6020752)
John Kruk was rambling on last night about the time he and West met in a bar and talked for hours about non-baseball stuff and Kruk got a new perspective on West.
"I found his views intriguing, and I ended up subscribing to his newsletter."
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 25, 2021 at 02:29 PM (#6020753)
Emmylou is a huge baseball fan, specifically a Braves fan.
Is it possible to be both a baseball fan and a Joe West fan? Seems like it's highly inconsistent at best.
   11. Alex meets the threshold for granular review Posted: May 25, 2021 at 02:48 PM (#6020756)
Emmylou is a huge baseball fan, specifically a Braves fan. I remember her being incredibly excited when mlb started streaming the radio broadcasts all those years ago, because she was on a tour of Australia and the Far East at the time, and it meant that she could listen to the radio broadcasts. I also saw her in Seattle about 20 years ago, and she had a stage hand who would relay her scores every so often, and she kept us informed on the progress of the Mariners' game.


Saw her about a decade ago in Salina, KS and she peppered her stage talk with baseball comments. I specifically remember her tongue-in-cheek dissing the AL for not being real baseball.
   12. Posada Posse Posted: May 25, 2021 at 02:53 PM (#6020757)
Hall of Fame umpire Joe West.

/ducks
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: May 25, 2021 at 02:56 PM (#6020758)
He takes his golf clubs on the road, knowing they weigh exactly 78 pounds, but will tell the airline agent their scale is wrong.

he tells his doctor the same thing every year
   14. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 25, 2021 at 03:04 PM (#6020760)
I would expect Joe West to be inducted into the HOF. The longest ever serving will probably get shoved in. It is political, not based on quality.

   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 25, 2021 at 03:14 PM (#6020762)
Hall of Fame umpire Joe West.
Baseball, or Country Music?
   16. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 25, 2021 at 03:24 PM (#6020766)
He takes his golf clubs on the road, knowing they weigh exactly 78 pounds, but will tell the airline agent their scale is wrong.


That answers the question as to whether he IS an a@@hole or just plays one on TV.
   17. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: May 25, 2021 at 03:29 PM (#6020767)
David Freese @DavidFreese 2h

Early in career I walked up to home plate and didn’t say hi to Joe West. He waited for Arroyo to start his windup. “Time”. Looked at me and goes “I don’t know what part of the country you’re from but you say hi to me first AB. Play ball”. We were friends for the next 10 years.


Another "charming" anecdote.
   18. Jay Seaver Posted: May 25, 2021 at 05:17 PM (#6020774)
“He can’t walk through a hotel lobby without people stopping him. It’s like the parting of the red sea."


I've done my best to but the fact that my folks went to church when I was a kid behind me, but isn't that like the very opposite of the parting of the Red Sea?
   19. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: May 25, 2021 at 05:39 PM (#6020777)
Maybe he meant they're fleeing and would rather spend decades wandering through a desert than talk to him.
   20. The Duke Posted: May 25, 2021 at 07:56 PM (#6020795)
I thought McMahon had dementia. Does he know he’s going to a baseball game?

All this proves, along with the continued existence of Angel Hernandez, is that unions do a great job of never letting terrible performers be fired. Police unions are the best at this which is why we have the problems we have.

The only comparable non - union jobs are Supreme Court justices and university professors. These jobs are the best. No one can fire you! For anything !
   21. depletion Posted: May 25, 2021 at 09:40 PM (#6020818)
It's not so much people stopping him as it is them being captured and pulled into orbit by his gravitational field.

I thought McMahon had dementia. Does he know he’s going to a baseball game?

You guys are on a roll.
   22. Dr. Vaux Posted: May 25, 2021 at 11:21 PM (#6020844)
No one can fire you! For anything !


I suggest a little Googling.
   23. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 25, 2021 at 11:28 PM (#6020845)
I would expect Joe West to be inducted into the HOF. The longest ever serving will probably get shoved in.


They'll need to widen the doorway to shove his fat arse in.
   24. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: May 26, 2021 at 06:57 AM (#6020879)
That link is not a picture of Hawk talking to a soaped up Joe West in the shower.

Neither is this.

EDIT: I warned you!
   25. The Honorable Ardo Posted: May 26, 2021 at 02:03 PM (#6020953)
Fitting that he passed Bill Klem. Unlike West, Klem was small and lean, but he was notoriously thin-skinned with a bit of a Napoleon complex. He was also infamous for a long-running feud with John McGraw and the Giants.
   26. John Northey Posted: May 26, 2021 at 03:25 PM (#6020975)
I'd like it if when they put Joe West in the HOF that players inducted that year demand not to be on stage with him. Or at least make some remarks during their speech about how often it is quantity that gets you in, not quality, for non-players then say 'exhibit A is over there' while pointing at West.
   27. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 26, 2021 at 03:31 PM (#6020976)
Or at least make some remarks during their speech about how often it is quantity that gets you in, not quality, for non-players then say 'exhibit A is over there' while pointing at West.
He'd just eject them from the stage.
   28. greenback used to say live and let live Posted: May 26, 2021 at 04:43 PM (#6020999)
Thank you for your service, Joe West. Maybe his latest adventure had something to do with the New Era caps however.

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