Joe West ejects A.J. Pierzynski by calmly telling the Braves’ dugout “you need a new catcher.”

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A.J. Pierzynski’s ejections are the best. Anyone can yell and cuss and be a big jerk about things, but Pierzynski has style. Remember last year when he was run off after requesting a new ball from the home plate umpire by saying “Give me a ball, a new ball — one you can see”? That’s 80-grade stuff right there.

We’re not sure what he said in yesterday’s Grapefruit League game, but he was ejected by home plate umpire Joe West. And, to his credit, West used some Pierzynski cool in tossing A.J. Watch the video and listen closely to what West says in order to signify the ejection:

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Hear that? He looked at the Braves’ dugout and said “you need a new catcher.” Say what you want about West, but that’s pretty damn funny. I mean, it’s probably still motivated by West having thin skin and being unable to take any sort of criticism for his usually crap strike zone, but it’s still pretty funny.

Clayton Kershaw returning to Dodgers on 1-year, $20M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.