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MLB umpire Joe West suing former All-Star Paul Lo Duca for claiming he took bribes

Major League Baseball umpire Joe West is suing Paul Lo Duca for defamation over comments the former catcher made on a podcast in May, asserting that a teammate used to bribe the umpire by letting him borrow his vintage car.

Lo Duca told a story about a game during his time with the Mets in 2006 or 2007, when after an easy ninth inning, closer Billy Wagner told Lo Duca that he would lend West his 1957 Chevrolet to get a more favorable strike zone.

Lo Duca recalled Wagner saying: “Joe loves antique cars so every time he comes into town I lend him my ’57 Chevy so he can drive it around so then he opens up the strike zone for me.”

The complaint, filed Tuesday in New York, denies that Wagner ever lent West a car and points out that no such game ever occurred.

Not the most common of lawsuits, is it?

QLE Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:14 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: billy wagner, bribery, joe west, paul lo duca

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   1. flournoy Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:37 AM (#5893245)
Paul Lo Duca has always struck me as the kind of guy who probably has more integrity than Lenny Dykstra, but it'd be a close call.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:48 AM (#5893246)
I was not aware of this claim, on a podcast whose audience conceivably could number in the "not manys" - but I know about it now.

well done, Joe West, I guess.

Lo Duca is a horse racing analyst these days, iirc, fwiw
   3. PreservedFish Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:52 AM (#5893247)
Is "I was just repeating what Billy Wagner told me" a good defense? Seems like it ought to be.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 23, 2019 at 01:13 AM (#5893249)
Is "I was just repeating what Billy Wagner told me" a good defense?
That may run afoul of the republication rule. Joe West being a public figure is probably more helpful, if malice can’t be shown, which might be the case if Lo Duca merely repeated what Wagner told him and didn’t know it was [allegedly] false.
   5. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: October 23, 2019 at 03:54 AM (#5893262)
I was not aware of this claim, on a podcast whose audience conceivably could number in the "not manys" - but I know about it now.

well done, Joe West, I guess.

Streisand Effect.
   6. Brian C Posted: October 23, 2019 at 08:13 AM (#5893271)
Is "I was just repeating what Billy Wagner told me" a good defense? Seems like it ought to be.

Might be a tough defense to make, though, if in fact no such game ever occurred. Because if the game did not occur, then Wagner did not tell him the story at that game.
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 23, 2019 at 10:04 AM (#5893305)
I am sure the judge will refer to the precedent set in Douche v. Douche.
   8. bobm Posted: October 23, 2019 at 10:13 AM (#5893314)
FTFA:

"In reality, during 2006 and 2007, the two years that Lo Duca played for the New York Mets with Billy Wagner, Joe West was the home plate umpire for a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Mets only once, Billy Wagner did not pitch at all, and the game ended on a home run, not on called strikes."


Tracer!

"These statements impugn the integrity, honesty and professional fitness of Mr. West and affect his profession as a Major League Baseball umpire."


Now there's LoDuca's ready made defense. :-)
   9. Lassus Posted: October 23, 2019 at 10:20 AM (#5893317)
One cannot conceivably NOT be Team West here.
   10. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 23, 2019 at 10:29 AM (#5893326)
One cannot conceivably NOT be Team West here.


I'm just rooting for injuries.
   11. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 23, 2019 at 11:29 AM (#5893368)
The chassis of 1957 cars were not designed to hold a Joe West.
   12. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 23, 2019 at 11:35 AM (#5893371)
LoDuca is a terrible horseracing analyst mostly because the dude seems like he is ####### high most of the time.
   13. crict Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:49 PM (#5893416)
"In reality, during 2006 and 2007, the two years that Lo Duca played for the New York Mets with Billy Wagner, Joe West was the home plate umpire for a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Mets only once, Billy Wagner did not pitch at all, and the game ended on a home run, not on called strikes."


Wait, why the Phillies?

According to B-R, Wagner pitched 3 times with Joe West as HP umpire in 2006-07

2006: 2 games, 2 innings total, one run on a HR, 4 hits, 1 sv. I guess there could be a clean inning in there.
2007: 1 inning in which he gave 1 homerun, another hit and a walk, but just one run.

Interestingly, those are the only 2 runs he gave with West as HP umpire during his career. Just the 2 runs in 12.2 innings, with 21K.
   14. JJ1986 Posted: October 23, 2019 at 12:56 PM (#5893422)
“We’re playing like a really tight game against the Phillies and Billy Wagner comes in from the bullpen,” Lo Duca said.
   15. crict Posted: October 23, 2019 at 01:04 PM (#5893428)
Oh, that was not in the linked article. Now I see:

He literally throws 10 pitches and strikes out three guys. Joe rings up all three guys. Eight out of the nine pitches were at least three to four inches inside, not even close. Guys were throwing bats and everything. Joe walks off the field.”


I guess LoDuca could have misremembered the Phillies, but it seems unlikely that it happened with the stats above. He had 3K over 2 innings in 2006 and 2K in his one inning in 2007.
   16. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 23, 2019 at 01:06 PM (#5893432)
EDIT: nevermind.
   17. The Mighty Quintana Posted: October 23, 2019 at 07:48 PM (#5893595)
Did they really have to throw "professional fitness" in there? Seems like the lawyers were having a little fun...
   18. Zonk didn't order a hit on an ambassador Posted: October 23, 2019 at 07:54 PM (#5893597)
Didn’t La Duca have a bit of...Luis Polonia... thing at some point or am I misremembering.?
   19. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 23, 2019 at 07:59 PM (#5893602)
A glove that looked like the end of a lacrosse stick?
   20. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 23, 2019 at 08:10 PM (#5893610)
18--Lo Duca admitted he took peds if that is anything
   21. JJ1986 Posted: October 23, 2019 at 08:14 PM (#5893612)
I don't remember who it was, but a poster here repeatedly implied that there was a damning story about LoDuca that would break at some point.
   22. RJ in TO Posted: October 23, 2019 at 08:57 PM (#5893663)
Didn’t La Duca have a bit of...Luis Polonia... thing at some point or am I misremembering.?
You're probably thinking of this.
   23. Cowboy Popup Posted: October 23, 2019 at 08:57 PM (#5893665)
Pretty sure he slept with a teenager, although I think she was like a 19.

Edit: ah shoot, beaten to the punch by someone who actually found the story. Coke to RJ.
   24. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 23, 2019 at 09:42 PM (#5893693)
Lo Duca admitted he took peds if that is anything


Just one time with Andy Pettitte, right?
   25. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 23, 2019 at 10:54 PM (#5893734)
Lo Duca is the player whom the Dodgers traded because they learned he had gone off steroids, and they wanted to sell high before his numbers slipped. I mean, the players cheated baseball and nobody knew.
   26. Walt Davis Posted: October 24, 2019 at 03:28 AM (#5893848)
Maybe he confused West with another umpire we know and love?

I don't know the context of course (and god forbid I should read the article) but I doubt LoDuca really meant this as a story about bribery but in the usual context of "I always treat the ump nice in hopes he'll give me a call in my favor sometime" that you hear all the time about umps.

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