Joe West has been suspended three games for labeling Adrian Beltre as the biggest complainer in baseball, the World Umpires Assn.
In informing West and the WUA of the suspension, the commissioner’s office said West’s comments left an “appearance of lack of impartiality” toward Beltre and the Rangers , according to the union.
In its announcement, the union voiced its “strong opposition” to the suspension, saying Beltre and Rangers manager Jeff Banister agreed West’s remarks were “in jest.”
Joking interactions between umpires and players are a routine part of the game.
“We disagree strongly with the decision to punish Joe West simply for sharing a humorous exchange with a player.”
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