On Friday, the baseball world let out a collective sigh of relief when long-time MLB umpire Joe West officially announced his retirement. Country Joe spent the better part of 45 years in uniform and became a legend in the game for all the wrong reasons.
MLB umpire Joe West has officially retired. pic.twitter.com/Sji66PJioZ
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) February 4, 2022
Right on cue with the news, MLB social media accounts went into a frenzy sharing all of the best Joe West blown calls, nightmare moments and everything in between.
MLB announces that umpire Joe West has officially retired after 45 years in the Majors. pic.twitter.com/Kzxn8tWiwt
— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) February 4, 2022
— OfficialsDepot.com | Referee & Umpire Apparel (@officialsdepot) February 4, 2022
There’s never been an Alpha quite like Joe West. pic.twitter.com/4gPeTCkqGc
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) February 4, 2022
Joe West has officially retired, which means it’s the perfect time to revisit this iconic rant by Hawk Harrelson.
— Sox On 35th (@SoxOn35th) February 4, 2022
My favorite Joe West Highlight. pic.twitter.com/IafyA1Mg9b
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) February 4, 2022
Here’s a gem featuring Dodgers star Raul Mondesi in the 90s.
In honor of Cowboy Joe officially retiring, here he is calling a strike against Raul Mondesi when Mondesi was still walking to the plate pic.twitter.com/U3J1JzizQ6
— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) February 4, 2022
The timing of his retirement is certainly suspect, to say the least with the news that robot umpires could be just one step away from MLB this coming season.
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Everyone’s favorite Scott Boras puppet, Jon Heyman, got in the mix too by putting a hold on Country Joe’s Hall of Fame enshrinement.
Joe West retired today. So officially commencing my campaign for him NOT to be voted into the Hall of Fame via Today’s Era group in December. He’s eligible. But plenty of better candidates: Bonds Clemens Schilling Sosa McGriff McGwire Bernie Lofton, plus Bochy Leyland Piniella.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 4, 2022
Thanks for the laughs, memories, and headaches, Joe! There will (hopefully) never be another one like you!
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