And he’s had his fair share of controversy and criticism over the years.

The controversial West was suspended by Commissioner Rob Manfred in 2017 for comments about player Adrian Beltre. In a 2010 poll of 100 players, West was named the 2nd-worst umpire in the majors. A study of 2018 ball-strike calls also showed West as one of the worst-performing umpires in the majors.


Despite that, West acts as if he’s needed on the field:

“I don’t blame anybody who decides they want to opt out. I’m not that way,” West said. “I’m a little scared for baseball. If you take the seniority off the field, these young guys will be out there in a boat without an oar.”