Most recently, he is only the 31st player in close to 150 years of MLB history to have collected 3,000 base hits in a professional career.
Despite more career milestones in sight for Beltre, Joe West took it upon himself before his 5,000th game in blue to name the Rangers third baseman as the “ biggest complainer in the league .” Now granted, these comments were made back on June 20, even though news just broke that West would be suspended three games for answering USA Today’s question without a filter.
Meanwhile, moments like this make Joe West (and most other umpires in MLB) the target of disdain amongst fans and coaching personnel.
Even more so when technology and modern day pitch trackers point out the deficiencies of human beings calling balls and strikes behind home plate, leading some to think personalities and biases do play a factor in the inner workings of umpiring a game.
Given where West’s career has taken him, maybe it would have been in his best interest to give the name of a player not set to reach 3,000 hits in 2017 and be on the short list for future enshrinement.
- Umpire Joe West Suspended 3 Games For Comments About Adrian BeltreCBS DFW
- Umpire Joe West Suspended Three Games for Calling Adrian Beltre Biggest ComplainerSports Illustrated
- Umpire Joe West Suspended Three Games For Calling Adrian Beltre The Biggest ...Deadspin
- MLB Suspends Ump Joe West Three Games For Making Fun Of Adrian BeltreNESN.com
- Joe West suspended three games for calling Adrian Beltre MLB's 'biggest ...Yahoo Sports
- Umpire suspended for calling Beltre 'biggest complainer'STLtoday.com
- Joe West suspended for calling Adrian Beltre a complainerLone Star Ball
- Umpire Joe West suspended three games for calling Adrian Beltre MLB's biggest ...Washington Post
- Rangers games may have become less interesting, but these Adrian Beltre ...Dallas News (blog)