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He had withdrawn his resignation only hours before working the opener of the A's-Royals series. It hurt to talk about it. But the idea of Page 22 ending a 23-year major league career and losing a six-figure salary pained him even more. "I have a familyfour young children and a wife," Reilly said. "I looked at the possibility of not having a job. " In an apparent trend among American League umpires, Reilly and others withdrew their resignations because they didn't like the hard-line negotiating style of union leader Richie Phillips.
Players noticed, but the problem seemed worse than when each of the 68 AL and NL umpires essentially had his own interpretation of the rule-book strike zone. The strike zone, as defined in the rule book, consists of the area over home plate and the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants. Basically, it's armpits to knees. · Consolidation of the AL and NL umpires under one administrative umbrella, which eliminated separate staffs, was seen by the umps as baseball's attempt to break the union.
We had more luck with former officials, whose observations are valuable. Steve Palermo, a former American League umpire, has worked with the commissioner's office since a gunshot wound ended his career in 1991. Few outside the game were closer or had more knowledge of the umpires' battles, not only in 1999, but since the Roberto Alomar spitting incident. Palermo has much to offer baseball and should be a permanent part of Commissioner Bud Selig's staff. I met former NFL referee Jim Tunney at the 1999 College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in South Bend, Ind.