Friday, August 18, 2017

Commissioner Manfred Discusses Joe West

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement on the suspension of umpire Joe West, which West served last week.

In a response to the situation, Manfred stated that "umpires have to be beyond reproach on the topic of impartiality. That's why there are really specific rules in the umpire basic agreement about public comment. I was a bit surprised...I sat down with Joe West after his public comments. He and I agreed that a three-day suspension was the appropriate discipline for his violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement."

"Unfortunately, Mr. West decided that he didn't want to live up to that agreement. I assume with consultation with the WUA, given the statements that they've made, and we had to proceed in a different way."

"I did have a very specific understanding with Mr. West as to what was going to happen here and he was in agreement with what was going to happen here."

The WUA previously stated its public disagreement with the decision to punish Joe West for his quotes in the media stating the WUA's commitment to "fair play and solidarity with Joe West."

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Alternate Link: Manfred issues statement on the suspension of umpire Joe West (MLB)


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