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Umpires' union says Joe West was suspended three games for calling Adrian Beltre MLB's biggest complainer

Los Angeles Times

Joe West has been suspended three games for labeling Adrian Beltre as the biggest complainer in baseball, the World Umpires Assn. The union said that West was notified of the suspension last week and that the suspension started Tuesday. A Major League Baseball spokesman declined to comment. 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. West, the longest-serving umpire in the majors, worked his first game in 1976.

MLB official thought Manfred would nix Hernández for Series

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on A major league official testified he suggested Ángel Hernández be removed from consideration for the 2015 World Series because he did not think Commissioner Rob Manfred would approve the umpire to work baseball's premier event. Hernández sued Major League Baseball in 2017, alleging race discrimination and cited his failure to be assigned to the World Series since 2005 and MLB's failure to promote him to crew chief. Documents and depositions from pretrial discovery were filed late Friday night and early Saturday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan as part of Hernández's motion for a partial summary judgment.

MLB's top prospects deal with good, bad of 'robot' umpires

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Fox News Flash top headlines for Oct. 25 are here. Check out what's clicking on First baseman Ali Sanchez was standing in the on-deck circle so he had a great vantage point of the two-strike breaking ball to Jacob Heyward. It finished so low that by the time it reached the catcher it nearly bounced in the dirt. Sanchez -- like everybody else who was watching this game on a Tuesday night in the Arizona Fall League -- had an immediate mental reaction.

Pedro Martinez blasts umpires after allegedly missing balk

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Pedro Martinez's competitive fire still shows even 12 years after he pitched in his final Major League Baseball game as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. The three-time American League Cy Young award winner ripped umpires for failing to understand some pitchers' movements on the mound. Specifically, Martinez was talking about Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Luke Weaver in Tuesday night's game against the San Francisco Giants.

Angry ump: Garcia says he kept quiet to protect son-in-law

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Richie Garcia was among baseball's best-rated and most popular umpires, and like many umps was known for the ones he missed: the Jeffrey Maier call in the playoffs, the pitch to Tino Martinez in the World Series. He lost his job in the failed labor strategy of mass resignations in 1999 and was welcomed back to Major League Baseball two years later as a supervisor. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, he was fired on the eve of the 2010 season.