West gone for 3 games af­ter re­marks.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

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.

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