MLB umpire Joe West sues ex-catcher Paul Lo Duca over bribery claims

By | October 23, 2019

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Main League Baseball umpire Joe West reportedly filed a lawsuit against feeble catcher Paul Lo Duca over feedback the backstop made on a podcast alleging West took bribes.

Lo Duca stated on a podcast in Might per chance perchance that feeble Unique York Mets teammate Billy Wagner, the personnel’s closer throughout his time in Flushing, bribed West by letting him borrow his 1957 Chevrolet in alternate for a favorable strike zone. West is suing Lo Duca for defamation, USA Currently reported Tuesday.

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Lo Duca, who became once teammates with Wagner throughout the 2006 and 2007 seasons, recalled Wagner telling him: “Joe loves antique automobiles so whenever he comes into town I lend him my ’57 Chevy so he can force it spherical so then he opens up the strike zone for me.”

West is suing for unspecified damages within the complaint. He denies Wagner ever let him exhaust his car and denied a subject similar to the one Lo Duca described ever came about.

“These statements impugn the integrity, honesty and skilled fitness of Mr. West and maintain an affect on his career as a Main League Baseball umpire,” the lawsuit says, basically based thoroughly on USA Currently.

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“In truth, throughout 2006 and 2007, the 2 years that Lo Duca performed for the Unique York Mets with Billy Wagner, Joe West became once the house plate umpire for a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Mets top once, Billy Wagner did no longer pitch at all, and the game ended on a house crawl, no longer on known as strikes.”

West also disputed Lo Duca’s claim that he had ejected the catcher 15 times throughout his career.

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“In truth, Lo Duca became once ejected eight times in his Main League Baseball career and top once by Joe West,” the lawsuit states.

In 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals and Mets, Lo Duca hit .286 with a .337 on-inferior percentage and made four All-Megastar groups.