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Report: Umpire Joe West suspended three games for bashing Adrian Beltre publicly

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Back in June, umpire Joe West celebrated his 5,000th game. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports interviewed him to get his thoughts on all things baseball past and present. One of the subjects was Adrian Beltre. West said, under the header “Biggest complainer:”

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.”

(West later clarified to USA TODAY Sports that he and Beltre are on friendly terms).

West has been suspended three games for those remarks, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. The union is strongly opposed to the suspension. Per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the World Umpires Association said, “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 it’s nice to see an umpire actually reprimanded for poor conduct, it would be nicer to see it applied more consistently. Many umpires instigate confrontations with players and coaches, then eject them, and seem to never face consequences for their role in the altercations. West is certainly no stranger to that. It seems like the straw that broke the camel’s back was speaking colorfully to the media.

Video: Billy Hamilton makes ridiculous over-the-shoulder catch to rob Carlos Asuaje of extra bases

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Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton showed off his speed, his glove, and his climbing abilities in the top of the third inning when he robbed Carlos Asuaje of extra bases. Asuaje smoked a 3-1 fastball from Sal Romano to straightaway center field and Hamilton was able to track the ball down and make the grab while jumping into the fence.

Seems like there have been so many sensational catches recently that Hamilton’s might not even make a top-five list at the end of the season despite how good it was.

Mariners acquire Ernesto Frieri from the Rangers

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The Mariners have acquired reliever Ernesto Frieri from the Rangers in a minor league trade, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. It’s not yet known what the Rangers will receive, but it will likely be cash. (Update: It was for $1. The Rangers must’ve wanted to get a cheeseburger off the dollar menu.)

Frieri, 32, pitched seven innings in the majors for the Rangers this season, giving up four runs on six hits and six walks with five strikeouts. In 27 1/3 innings in the minors this year, he has an aggregate 2.63 ERA.

Divish notes that Frieri will likely be used to fill out the depleted bullpen at Triple-A Tacoma.