Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News points out something I honestly can’t believe I missed:
Major League Baseball has split up crew chief Joe West and his overzealous partner-in-crime Angel Hernandez to start the second half.
Hernandez has been moved on to Gerry Davis’ crew and West’s crew received Sam Holbrook in a trade as one-sided as Pedro Martinez for Delino DeShields.
West’s crew had become notorious, to say the least, for hot-headedness this season. In the eight days leading up to the All-Star break alone, they had issued six ejections. Overall, they had ejected an incredible 17 players and managers despite already having a week-long break in June.
That’s fifty percent more ejections than any other crew has issued to date.
Not surprisingly both of these clowns (along with CB Bucknor—who was named on 42 percent of the ballots) received a ton of votes for “worst umpire in the big leagues” in a recent anonymous player poll.
Bucknor’s total narrowly edged Joe West, who was named on 40 percent, and Angel Hernandez, who was named on 22 percent of the ballots.
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