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Minor league umpires strike draws closer
2006-03-25 10:18
by Bob Timmermann

The Association of Minor League Umpires has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board and seems headed for a strike next month.

The search for replacement umpires, principally from the college ranks, is underway. The AMLU has said that it will not provide umpires to MLB to fill-in for vacations. Salaries for minor league umpires range from $5,000 for rookie ball umpires to $15,000 for AAA ball.

Wow, where do I sign up? Maybe there's a really good pension plan. Or maybe you qualify for a lot of discounts at local stores.

2006-03-25 11:26:53
1.   Jason Wojciechowski
That's ugly pay. Couldn't they at least pay them a living wage so the umps don't have to have second jobs, a la NFL refs?
2006-03-25 12:06:21
2.   Bob Timmermann
Management's view is that minor league umpires are part of an "educational experience".
2006-03-25 14:06:34
3.   Icaros
Do minor league umpires qualify for the Pell Grant?
2006-03-25 14:58:24
4.   Bob Timmermann
It's not just a job, it's a way of life.
2006-03-25 15:16:54
5.   grandcosmo
A friend of mine umpired one day in the major leagues without having ever umpired in the minor leagues. He wasn't willing to live that life.
2006-03-25 17:12:39
6.   The Cheat
If MLB is at all concerned about developing the best umpires possible to make it to the big leagues. They need to divert some of their insane profits or some of the revenue sharing to the MILB umpires.
2006-03-25 19:19:39
7.   capdodger
5 - How did he pull that off?
2006-03-25 19:49:12
8.   grandcosmo
6. I disagree, baseball has no problem finding minor league umpires. The amount of people who want to umpire in the minor leagues and are willing to do so for very little pay far exceeds the number of spots available every year. Its the same reason that the pay for minor league ballplayers is so bad. Simple supply and demand.

7. Replacement ump during one of the strikes. He went to umpiring school but then decided not to pursue umpiring.

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