Main League Baseball umpire Joe West is suing Paul Lo Duca for defamation over feedback the previous catcher made on a podcast in Would possibly, announcing {that a} teammate used to bribe the umpire by means of letting him borrow his antique automotive.

Lo Duca advised a tale a few recreation all over his time with the Mets in 2006 or 2007, when after a very easy 9th inning, nearer Billy Wagner advised Lo Duca that he would lend West his 1957 Chevrolet to get a extra favorable strike zone.

Lo Duca recalled Wagner announcing: “Joe loves vintage vehicles so each time he comes into the town I lend him my ’57 Chevy so he can power it round so then he opens up the strike zone for me.”

The criticism, filed Tuesday in New York, denies that Wagner ever lent West a automotive and issues out that no such recreation ever befell.

“In fact, all over 2006 and 2007, the 2 years that Lo Duca performed for the New York Mets with Billy Wagner, Joe West was once the house plate umpire for a recreation between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Mets simplest as soon as, Billy Wagner didn’t pitch in any respect, and the sport ended on a house run, no longer on referred to as moves.”

At any other level within the podcast, Lo Duca stated that he were ejected 15 instances in his occupation and “8 or 9” of the ones events had been with West as an umpire.

However, the four-time All-Megastar was once dramatically exaggerating, the criticism says.

“In fact, Lo Duca was once ejected 8 instances in his Main League Baseball occupation and simplest as soon as by means of Joe West.”

The criticism says West has suffered unspecified damages because of Lo Duca’s feedback.

“Those statements impugn the integrity, honesty {and professional} health of Mr. West and impact his occupation as a Main League Baseball umpire.”

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