Joe West has been suspended three games for calling Adrian Beltre a ‘complainer’

More specifically, he called Beltre the “biggest complainer” in the league.

Joe West, the umpire everybody loves to have an opinion about, has been suspended three games for calling Adrian Beltre a complainer during an interview with USA Today’s Bob Nightengale all the way back in June. The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin first reported the news.

The full exchange involved West having to decide who is the biggest complainer in the league and replying,

It’s got to be Adrian Beltre. Every pitch you call that’s a strike, he says, “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!” I had a game with him recently and the pitch was right down the middle. He tells me, “That ball is outside.”

I told him, “You may be a great ballplayer, but you’re the worst umpire in the league. You stink.”

Interestingly, and in a departure from how suspensions work for players or managers, West’s suspension was handed down weeks after the comments surfaced. The three-game suspension started with Tuesday’s games.

Both West and Beltre have reached impressive career thresholds in recent weeks, with the former working his 5,000th major league game and the latter hitting his 3,000th career hit.

In the USA Today piece, West noted that he and Beltre are on OK terms at this point, so it doesn’t look like the umpire will have to deal with any bad blood there on top of the suspension.

According to a report from the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant, the World Umpires Association is not too happy with this decision. The union released a statement expressing its opinion, saying,

“Joe West is the most senior umpire in our ranks, having served MLB since 1976, under six different baseball commissioners. Joe has upheld the rules of fair play for more than 5,000 Major League Baseball games, and is on his way to the record for most career games ever worked by an MLB umpire. He should be on the field today.”

While the details of his career and longevity may be true, West also clearly called a player a complainer to the press, which would necessitate disciplinary action for many in the league were the situation reversed.

Insulting or fighting with umpires, in fact, has resulted in ejections, suspensions, and fines in the past for players and coaches throughout the league. It’s only fair that when things are flipped around similar rules and punishments are applied.

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Gaming Could Become An Olympic Sport

The 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris could feature video game competitions. The co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee told the Associated Press that discussions will be held with people from competitive gaming circles and the International Olympic Committee to discuss the prospect of having gamers compete for Olympic Gold.

Tony Estanguet, the co-president of France’s bid committee, told the AP that the gaming community deserves to at least be part of the discussion.

“We have to look at it because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,'” Estanguet said. “The youth, yes they are interested in eSport and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try if we can find some bridges.

“I don’t want to say ‘no’ from the beginning,” he added. “I think it’s interesting to interact with the IOC, with them, the eSports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success.”

A list of events for the 2024 Games in Paris will begin to take form in 2019, while the official list of sports will be announced after the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Paris has yet to be officially announced as the host of the 2024 games, but that’s expected to happen in September. Los Angeles was in the mix as well, but it recently elected to host the event in 2028 instead.

In 2014, former Blizzard chief creative officer Rob Pardo said there is a very good argument to be made for gaming being a part of the Olympics. “I think the way that you look at eSports is that it’s a very competitive skillset and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick and they’re having to make very quick decisions on the fly,” he said. “When you look at their ‘actions per minute’, they’re clearing over 300.”

It sounds like it’s still very early days for gaming joining the Olympics, so we don’t know yet which games would be featured, what the format would be, or any other particulars.

What do you think? Should gaming be a part of the Olympics? Let us know in the comments below!

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