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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Umps Say 'Play Ball'

NEW YORK -- ) U.S. Major League Baseball team owners agreed to a five-year deal with umpires to end the their 120-day lockout.


Regular umpires return to the field Wednesday, meaning the end of picket lines outside of stadiums. It also removes the prospect of a showdown May 9, when replacement umpires would no longer be allowed to work in Toronto.


"Their scab strategy was exposed for what it was -- a fraud," said Richie Phillips, head of the umpires' union.


Umpires get raises ranging from 25 to 37.5 percent this year in the deal agreed to on Monday. The highest paid will be 30-year veterans, at a maximum of $282,500