Joe West and the 5 Most Shameless Self-Promoting Umpires in MLB

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Joe West and the 5 Most Shameless Self-Promoting Umpires in MLB
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The job of baseball umpires is to call a fair game and let the players play. After all, the fans came to see their favorite athletes, not the anonymous men in black.

This saying applies more to basketball than any other sport, but it's an issue in baseball as well. An umpire can directly influence the game by ejecting a star player or missing an obvious strike call in a crucial situation. Most umpires try their best to stay out of the way.

Some umpires, however, love the limelight.

Here's a look at baseball's most shameless self-promoting umpires.

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