MLB Ump Wins $500K From Ex-Met For Defamatory Podcast

By Rachel Scharf (April 13, 2021, 5:10 PM EDT) -- Former New York Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca was ordered Monday to pay $500,000 for defaming Major League Baseball umpire Joe West by claiming on a podcast that West called generous strikes in exchange for access to a pitcher's vintage car.

New York Supreme Court Judge John J. Kelley ruled that West is entitled to $250,000 in emotional distress damages and $250,000 for the costs of a public relations campaign to restore his reputation. The suit stems from comments that Lo Duca made on air claiming that his Mets teammate, pitcher Billy Wagner, told him following a 2006 or 2007 Philadelphia...

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