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  • Flashback: That time Joe West ejected Andre Dawson



    Joe West sucks.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1...re-dawson-frey

    As National League president Bill White pondered their fates Wednesday, Andre Dawson and Rob Dibble maintained their innocence in the previous night`s pair of angry, celebrated incidents.

    Dawson, with the full support of Cubs management, blamed umpire Joe West for trying to ``intimidate`` him during a heated argument over a called third strike.




    Dibble, meanwhile, stuck to the story that he had accidentally hit Doug Dascenzo with a ball as he ran out a squeeze bunt, a version that seemed to be shared by few people on either side.

    Both players face the possibility of heavy fines and suspensions. White was out of the league`s New York office Wednesday and had not reviewed videotapes or read West`s reports on the incidents, spokeswoman Katy Feeney said. He`s expected to rule in the next few days.

    Dawson wants White to consider West`s role in their seventh-inning argument over a called third strike. Dawson said West smirked at him instead of answering his question about the location of the pitch.

    ``I was trying to get a reason from him, but he was saying, at least by his actions, that he didn`t have to give me one,`` Dawson said.

    Added manager Jim Essian, whose own ejection came moments after Dawson`s, ``Apparently, Joe had a look on his face that was disrespectful, and that set Andre off.``

    Cubs General Manager Jim Frey said he backed up his All-Star right-fielder in a call to White Wednesday morning. ``I told him I thought the ejection of Andre Dawson was premature,`` Frey said. ``There was no profanity or name-calling. The incident probably would have been prevented if the umpire had just walked away.``

    Dawson isn`t the first Cub to have a run-in with West. Former manager Don Zimmer had a few. And West once threw Philadelphia pitcher Pat Combs to the ground during a brawl.

    ``He`s the one guy who has the history,`` Dawson said. ``I look back on it and I don`t regret it.``

    West said Tuesday night he had given Dawson plenty of time to complain. And he called Dawson`s bumping of him ``flagrant.`` He also chided Dawson for emptying the Cubs` bat rack before leaving the field.

    That bothered Dawson, although not as much as what he thought was a blown call. ``It was incidental contact,`` Dawson said. ``He`s building his case.`` Dawson`s case could be bolstered by his reputation as a gentleman and a professional, built over 15 major league seasons. ``I told (White) we`ve got a guy who`s probably never been thrown out before and is one of the most respected players in the game,`` Frey said.

    Actually, Dawson had been thumbed once before-on July 7, 1987, when he charged the mound after being hit in the face by San Diego`s Eric Show.



    Feeney said White could consider past conduct before ruling.

    ``It`s hard to say,`` Feeney said. ``Each incident is basically judged as a separate incident. (But) you`d have to say if there`s some pattern, that would get taken into consideration.``

    That would be good news for Dawson, but bad news for Dibble, whose reputation for bizarre behavior seems to grow each month. The all-star reliever has already been suspended twice this year, though his second suspension is under appeal.

    Dibble insisted Wednesday that the ball slipped out of his hand when he hit Dascenzo as the outfielder ran out an eighth-inning squeeze bunt.

    ``I had to rush the throw and I hit him,`` Dibble said. ``It`s no big deal. I`ve seen guys get hit with balls 100 times. Just because it`s me, I got ejected.``

    But television replays appeared to show Dibble aiming at Dascenzo as he made his way toward first base. A lob would easily have beaten Dascenzo to the bag, but Dibble`s peg deflected off the back of Dascenzo`s left leg. Dascenzo thought it was intentional, as most witnesses did.

    ``It was entirely uncalled for,`` said Danny Jackson, Dibble`s former Cincinnati teammate. ``He`s just digging a hole for himself. He`s a tough competitor and he wants to win, but maybe it`s to the point where he doesn`t think anybody is allowed to get a hit or a run off him.

    ``The more stuff he does, the more people are going to lose respect for him,`` Jackson said. ``I feel sorry for him.``
    Boxscore: http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...99107230.shtml
    Last edited by Hammerin Hank; 04-30-2017, 06:50 PM.
    2016 World Series Champions

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    Joe West believes that fans come to see him umpire. A good umpire would have explained to Dawson why it was a strike and walked away. Barring Dawson from saying the magic words, that would have defused the situation and Dawson would have gone back to the dugout still steaming, but he wouldn't have been ejected. West has always seeked out confrontations with managers, coaches and players throughout his career because it puts him in the spotlight. Why MLB hired him back in 2002 is beyond me.

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    • #3
      My grandpa played college football with West. Says he was a great guy.
      Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Francoeurstein View Post
        My grandpa played college football with West. Says he was a great guy.
        You can be a great guy and still suck at your job.
        2016 World Series Champions

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hammerin Hank View Post
          You can be a great guy and still suck at your job.
          I agree. Just adding some insight.
          Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Francoeurstein View Post
            I agree. Just adding some insight.
            I know. I didn't mean to sound like I was questioning your comment. Just wanted to add on to that.
            2016 World Series Champions

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