West gone for 3 games after remarks.
Joe West, the major leagues’ senior umpire, has been suspended three games without pay for comments he made about Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. In a USA Today report published June 20 timed to coincide with the umpire’s 5,000th regular-season game, West said “it’s got to be Adrian Beltre” when asked who was the biggest complainer in the major leagues. “Every pitch you call that’s a strike, he says, ‘Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!’ I had a game with him recently and the pitch was right down the middle. He tells me, ‘That ball is outside,’ ” West was quoted as saying. “I told him, ‘You may be a great ballplayer, but you’re the worst umpire in the league. You stink,’ ” West also was quoted as saying.