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Joe West and Nelson Cruz pic at the All-Star Game

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I see this was discussed on Gil's Close Call blog, but I think it needs a separate thread! IMO, this was the best event during what looked like awfully fun game. It's nice to see baseball played like a *game*.

There are many articles about the pic event, but here is one from the MLB site:

http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2017/07/11/241792582/nelson-cruz-gets-his-photo-taken-with-joe-west-by-yadier-molina----in-the-all-star-game

I also liked what Cruz said Joe West said, "...no, what are you doing, get out of here...". The result was a nice pic.

 

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Context is everything, and it was perfect for this pic. I found myself smiling when they were doing it last night. It was a fun game.

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4 hours ago, Aging_Arbiter said:

Am I seeing something that isn't there, or in the video, is Yadi's mitt held on by a strap??

 

I believe you are correct! nice.

On a completely unrelated note, did you see that West took his mask off with his right hand right before the picture.

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This answers the question I had:

 

After the photo-op, Cruz slid his phone into his back pocket. Wouldn't that be a distraction? Not so, he explained: 

"It was good. I had it on silent, so if anyone called me..."

What about sliding into a base? Cruz had that covered as well:

"I slide on my right side always, so it was safe. And I have insurance, too."

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6 hours ago, stl_ump said:

I believe you are correct! nice.

On a completely unrelated note, did you see that West took his mask off with his right hand right before the picture.

from Gil on a little JW history.

 

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Joe West hit by a foul ball during a 2014 game.

"Born on Halloween, October 31, 1952 in Asheville, North Carolina, Joseph Henry West grew up playing baseball (catcher) and football (safety and quarterback), leading Elon College's football team to three conference titles and a second-place national ranking while earning an MVP nod for his efforts".

And on another note, Joe was going to try out for the Elon baseball team but the football coach wasn't too keen about that and also baseball interfered with Spring football practices. So, Joe started studying the baseball rulebook and umpiring on the side during the Spring.

Maybe that old catching gig growing up made him grab that mask with his right hand again.

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15 hours ago, stl_ump said:

I believe you are correct! nice.

On a completely unrelated note, did you see that West took his mask off with his right hand right before the picture.

I can think of 2 reasons why he did this.  1), he didn't want to hit Cruz with it..............2) He's got some much damn seniority, he doesn't give a $#!T! 

Seriously, who is going to tell him in a post game, "Joe, you removed your mask with the incorrect hand for the photo op".....????

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That being said.. how are some of these guys able continue to be MLB Umpires?  You've seen how they move, or should I say don't move.  The lack of mobility of some of these guys is pretty surprising.  Once you become an MLB umpire do you have life time tenure?

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On 7/13/2017 at 8:24 AM, stl_ump said:

That being said.. how are some of these guys able continue to be MLB Umpires?  You've seen how they move, or should I say don't move.  The lack of mobility of some of these guys is pretty surprising.  Once you become an MLB umpire do you have life time tenure?

Having 4 umpires helps. Has anyone ever been fired once they secure a full time contract? 

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On 7/15/2017 at 5:19 PM, Stk004 said:

Having 4 umpires helps. Has anyone ever been fired once they secure a full time contract? 

Brian Runge?

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Runge's was drug related.  How about just physically unable to perform?  Don't they have any standards?

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1 hour ago, stl_ump said:

Runge's was drug related.  How about just physically unable to perform?  Don't they have any standards?

I believe both Larry young and Chuck meriwether had mobility issues with their knees and retired and West has mentioned his knees must hold up if he is to catch klem. jerry Dale, that those Tennessee guys on here should know about, was let go due to his knees if you search umpire Jerry dale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So we got guys who retired because of health and one guy back in '85 who was fired for lack of mobility.  Still doesn't seem like getting around is a major criteria for continuing to umpire.

But as STK004 said, with 4 guys it's not as important on a 2 or 3 man system.

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4 hours ago, stl_ump said:

So we got guys who retired because of health and one guy back in '85 who was fired for lack of mobility.  Still doesn't seem like getting around is a major criteria for continuing to umpire.

But as STK004 said, with 4 guys it's not as important on a 2 or 3 man system.

I am fine with any type of foot speed (just break down that mobility to the real term-foot speed) requirements that you would like to set up, as long as that foot speed test applies to all umpires everywhere who accept money for their services. Although a 4 man gives more leeway for reduced foot speed, I would be happy with everyone everywhere getting fired for failure to meet whatever foot speed times are deemed necessary. Just make it across all levels where money is paid.

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On ‎7‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 10:26 AM, Aging_Arbiter said:

Am I seeing something that isn't there, or in the video, is Yadi's mitt held on by a strap??

 

Yes... he has a Velcro strap that also doubles as a wrist guard that is laced onto the mitt.

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