MLB and Umpires reach agreement
Not getting a lot of press on Chirstmas Eve, either, but the
I’ve talked about this before, but it’s good news that this got resolved amicably.
The… less good news is that as part of the agreement, a couple of umps are coming back. It looks like Bob Davidson, Tom Hallion, and Ed Hickox will return. There’s also finally a settlement on severance pay and benefits for six umpires not re-hired after their disastrous mass resignation.
The two sides also seem to have reached an entirely reasonable Questec arrangement:
To resolve the grievance over the computer system, baseball agreed that umpires whose ball-and-strike calls are rated below standard by QuesTec will be evaluated by umpire supervisors based on videotape and in-game inspection.
I don’t like Questec, but the technology and the concept is sound, and I’m happy to see this resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.