This week in St. Louis, Joe West made a big show of turning his back when the fans booed him, apparently in an attempt to be more like the great umpires of old. In fact, he’s a bit of an overcompensating drama queen.
In another continuation of the Cal Ripken Jr. saga, the St. Louis Cardinals have invited former major leaguer Mike Shildt to manage their team in the final two months of the season as they pursue a playoff spot. The Cardinals have been in a bit of a tailspin recently, losing nine of their last 13 games. While many fans have turned on St. Louis manager Mike Matheny, including the former pitcher himself, Shildt seems to have caught the Cardinals’ attention. The 51-year-old Shildt led the Cardinals to their first playoff appearance in 17 years in 2016, and he is a great choice to take over for the final two months of the season.
Umpire Joe West set a Major League Baseball longevity record during the series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Nationals. St. Louis and the Chicago White Sox. But his firing of Cardinals manager Mike Schildt during the same series forced the controversial official back into his line of fire. West can’t seem to help himself. According to a former manager, West runs the game like he’s the reason the fans came. He has long been controversial, given that he was in the majors before the current six MLB managers were even born. Only two managers – Tony La Russa of the White Sox, 76, and Dusty Baker of the Houston Astros, 71 – are older than West, 68. Yes, Joe West has a long history of pretending to be more important than the game.
What was on Joe West’s show in Chicago?
. Joe West reported to the Cardinals and White Sox for a routine pitching change. Giovanni Gallegos intervened. Second base umpire Dan Bellino noticed something on the edge of Gallegos’ cap. West thought the curtain had opened on his final performance. West asked Gallegos to change his hat. Schildt came out confused to ask what was going on. That was before Schildt plunged in on West and was ejected. The umpires confiscated the cap, and Gallegos will likely face a disciplinary penalty for sticking it on his cap. The following spoke: Mike Schildt on the seizure of Giovanni Gallegos’s hat: Do you want sunscreen and resin for the police? Go ahead. Catch everyone in this league. … Why not start with the guys who cheat with things that actually affect the game? pic.twitter.com/02RetNKwQZ – Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) May 26, 2021 Since Mike Matheny temporarily replaced Mike Schildt as St. Louis’ manager, the team has been in a state of flux. The St. Louis Cardinals did not have a good record in 2018 when it came to disputes with umpires. Joe West’s firing in Chicago was his first of the season and only his sixth in 337 games as a major league manager. The captain was quick to express his displeasure with the cap controversy. First of all, Gio wears the same hat all year long. Hats collect dirt. Hats accumulate dust, you know, like simple things. We played in the afternoon game. So, at some point in his career, did Gio use sunscreen to make sure he didn’t have melanoma? It is possible. Does he use resin to improve (his grip)? It is possible. Are these really the things baseball wants to eliminate? No. That’s not the case. I know this first hand from the Commissioner’s office. Mike Schildt Similar to the above quote: Is there a punishment for Mike Schildt’s future? It is possible. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Can people support crowdfunding to cover this? It is possible.
Joe West and his history of theatre
St. James’ manager St. Louis Cardinals’ Mike Schildt (8) talks to referee Joe West after being taken out of the game. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Joe West says his actions were directed at the player, according to Belleville News-Democrat reporter Jeff Jones. We didn’t let him put himself in danger. … We want the players to play the game, we don’t want anyone to be accused of cheating or anything else. So it made more sense to take the cap off than to let it serve so that someone would come and complain later. Joe West That would sound even truer if West didn’t have a six-mile list of incidents in which he placed himself at the top of the list. According to the Chicago Tribune, the National League West has already ordered a halt to attempts to remove players from the league. This happened after he violently pushed a player to the ground during an argument between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. After telling a reporter that former Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was the biggest whiner in the game, he received a three-game suspension. Even Beltre admitted it was a joke, but not a particularly funny one. West pushed former Atlanta Braves manager Joe Torre and grabbed pitcher Jonathan Papelbon by his shirt, which earned him a suspension. He even cited his support for former President Donald Trump as a reason to kick out Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo in 2020. Unfortunately, there are referees who like to be the center of attention. Fans and participants never hesitate to voice their displeasure. But when an official pretends to think the fans are just there to watch? The line is crossed when they interfere with the game itself. Presumably objective observers should be better. Manager’s biographical information provided by Baseball Reference. COMPARED TO: The St. Louis Cardinals once appointed Mike Donlin to the head roster, who learned the news in prison.