Joe West was at it again Sunday night, making an egregious call that sent the baseball world reeling. MLB fans on Twitter we all over him after he called a ball foul that was clearly fair.
In the top of the fifth inning of the Philadelphia Phillies' 13-3 win over the Chicago Cubs, Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm sent a ball down the right field line. It clearly clipped the chalk line and bounced into fair territory, but West immediately signaled for a foul ball.
Here's video of the play in question from Sunday night:
That's clearly a fair ball. Chalk kicked up. Anyone could see that. Anyone, that is, except Joe West.
They reviewed it and ruled it a double:
Twitter was all over him following that missed call. He was trending almost instantly and that's never a good thing for an umpire. Here's a sampling of the reaction he got:
West began umpiring in 1976 and has done the job for more games than anyone in history. He's retiring after this season and, if anything, it's coming a few years too late.