Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Major League Baseball plans to investigate the dustup between Joe West and the White Sox during yesterday’s White Sox-Indians game. I found this quote from discipline czar Bob Watson rather illuminating:
“We have either an umpire supervisor or umpire observer at
every game,” said Watson. “We will review all information available and
make a determination on what needs to be done.”
That suggest to me that they’re investigating West, not just figuring out whether Ozzie Guillen needs to be fined (why else would the umpire supervisor get mentioned?). Of course since Major League Baseball never announces umpire discipline we may not know what happens to West, but I’m encouraged that they at least appear to be open to the possibility that he acted like a horse’s ass yesterday.
In other news, The Common Man — who has been on a roll with this umpire business lately — has a post up over at IIATMS asking whether Joe West has bigger problems than his on-field behavior. Like, say, using his fame as an umpire to boost his country music career.
In case you missed it over the weekend, the New York Yankees suffered yet another huge blow when another huge star went on the injured list. The star: Aaron Judge, who strained his oblique during Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Royals.
Yesterday the Yankees placed him on the injured list. In so doing, Yankees manager Aaron Boone called it a “pretty significant strain in there.” The team did not offer a timeline, but Boone said they’ll monitor Judge for a couple of weeks to see where he is. Oblique strains, however, can cause a player to miss a lot of time. Four to six weeks is not unheard of for even moderate oblique strains. Guys with major strains have missed months.
Judge is the Yankees’ 13th player currently on the injured list and is the 14th Yankees player to visit it overall on the young season. Joining him there at the moment :
It’s an All-Star team’s worth of injuries. It’s such a good group of players that Ellsbury couldn’t even make the starting lineup of the all-injured team.
Though we often ignore it in season-long narratives of successful and unsuccessful teams, choosing to focus on great or poor performances, the fact of the matter is that team health is almost always a big, big factor in who wins and who loses. No one is going to cry for the Yankees here, of course, but at some point there are just too many injuries to overcome. One has to wonder if New York has reached that point yet.