Watch: Joe West ejects Cardinals manager Mike Shildt over a hat

Joe West tossed Cardinals manager Joe Shildt during Wednesday’s game against the White Sox over a hat — yes, you read that right. 

Buckle up for a true roller coaster journey with umpire Joe West.

While it’s usually a bumpy ride whenever West is umpiring a game, Wednesday checked off a new box. West ejected St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt over a hat — yes, a hat. 

West apparently noticed a sticky substance under Gallegos’ hat, which prompted him to visit him at the mound before the start of the inning. West asked the pitcher to switch hats, which roused Shildt from the Cardinals dugout and all hell broke loose from there.

Shildt had barely arrived at the mound when West’s quick trigger tossed him from the game.

This seems outrageous but it’s perfectly in line with how MLB has been approaching suspicious substances. The league has been hellbent on cracking down in MiLB, so naturally, the panic has risen to the surface and the big leagues.

A protest about a pitcher can be prompted by the opposing manager or coaching staff complaining but it doesn’t look like that was the case here. Tony La Russa has been on one lately but it appears this was all Joe West.

Or as one of our Senior Editors, Mark Powell, said in the Slack chat: “Just Joe West being Cowboy Joe.”

Or, more accurately, as College Editor Patrick Schmdit then pointed out, “That’s most-games-umpired-in-MLB-history Joe West to you”.

But mostly it’s just ridiculous.