MLB umpire Joe West says U.S. coronavirus deaths aren’t actually from coronavirus

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And here’s Joe West with another horrific call.

The MLB umpire, who fits into the high-risk bracket when it comes to COVID-19, is going to be calling balls and strikes if and when the 2020 MLB season gets underway. But the coronavirus doesn’t bother him one bit

In an interview with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, West somewhat irresponsibly says he believes that many of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths — of which there are roughly 130,000 — actually don’t have anything to do with the coronavirus.

“I said, ‘Look, most of these people that they’re reporting are dying are not healthy to begin with. I’ve lost 25 pounds over the winter. I’m playing golf every day in the heat. I’m fine. I’m not going to back down now.’

“I don’t believe in my heart that all these deaths have been from the coronavirus,” West continued. “I believe it may have contributed to some of the deaths. I said, ‘I’m not going to opt out. I’m going to work. And I’m going to work until you take me off the field or I get hurt, whatever. I’m working.'”

MORE: Complete list of MLB players opting out for 2020

With roughly 130,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States, West’s take is an interesting. Per the CDC, those 130,000 deaths have all been caused by the coronavirus.

While MLB said just over 1 percent of players, staff, executive and personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus, cases among almost every team in the league have been reported. With the season tentatively getting underway July 23, there’s also more time for players to test positive or opt out for the season.

Hopefully West stays safe and healthy this season, but this is just the latest reason why umpires should be seen, not heard.

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