He's president of the World Umpires Association (the umpires' union)
He recently blasted the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, calling the AL East rivals "embarrassing" and "a disgrace to baseball" for slowing the pace of their games to a crawl. "It's pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play."
His nickname is Cowboy Joe
He loves country music and has released two country albums, Blue Cowboy and Diamond Dreams, which tells stories about events in baseball
He co-wrote and performed a song "A Tribute to Ernie Harwell" for the famous broadcaster
This is that tribute to the late-broadcaster Ernie Harwell. Here ya go Chicago, just so you have a better understanding of who this Joe West really is, for when, you know, Ozzie rips on him.