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League, Umps about to reach a new labor deal

Dec 22, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

I didn’t even know that the umps’ labor deal  was close to expiring. But apparently it is, and apparently they’re about to ink a new one without any NBA-style strife.

The only changes of note: the league wants more flexibility to assign umpires to the playoffs and World Series, moving away from the seniority/carousel system they have in place. This is a good thing because (a) the baseball playoffs are not like preschool and not everyone needs to get a turn; and (b) given how bad the umpiring was in the playoffs this year, the more good umps in, the better. No word on whether or not they’ll actually make the league determine whether the “good” umps they assign will actually be good or, instead, will be guys like Joe West.

Oh, and they bargained away the dental plan, so little Lisa will now have to get the ugly braces that predate stainless steel, so she can’t get them wet.

  1. Neon Noodle - Dec 22, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    See this is why they need robot umpires, robot kids don’t need braces.
    But seriously, do you know if umpire labor deals include anything to do with “MLB won’t implement any technology that would render umpires useless, or at least less useful?”

  2. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Dec 22, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Apparently, the rep lost his copy of “The Big Book of British Smiles”… you’d think, this time of year, he might have noticed the Bowie/Crosby duet and been reminded.

  3. Old Gator - Dec 22, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Forget about those braces. You don’t know much about umpire family culture. Those kids had wooden planks tied below their noses so the underbites they developed looked genetic.

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