West, believe it or not, is actually the president of the World Umpires Association and has been umpiring since 1976. He's worked in two All-Star games, four division series, seven league championship series and four World Series.
But when he's not crouched behind the plate, "Cowboy Joe" is a well-known singer/songwriter.
He's performed with many of the biggest names in country music and has released two full studio albums. He's also done a little bit of acting and designed and patented the chest protector worn by nearly every umpire.
You'd think West would be able to separate umpiring and music, but some players don't think so.
Back in 2010, Mark Buehrle, after being unfairly ejected by West, said "I think he's too worried about promoting his CD and I think he likes seeing his name in the papers a little bit too much instead of worrying about the rules."
Buehrle's manager, Ozzie Guillen, later backed his pitcher up when he said, "Sometimes he thinks people pay to watch him umpire."
West also made headlines last year by criticizing the Red Sox and Yankees for playing too slow, drawing the ire of players and MLB itself.
It's not West's place to comment on the quality of the game, but then again, how would he ever sell his albums?