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After further review, we have a reversal. Invoking their own version of the NFL’s newly reinstated instant replay rule, major league baseball’s umpires have done an about face just two weeks after announcing they would resign their jobs in protest en masse at the beginning of September. Apparently upset that a group of American League umps (and a few National Leaguers as well) had broken ranks and rescinded their resignations, all 68 have now given up on the original plan. Many, however, will not get their jobs back, as major league baseball gave them the old heave-ho when it accepted their resignations earlier in the week. Monday, the group sued the league for the right to withdraw their letters of resignation, and also leveled accusations that their termination pay was to be unjustly withheld from them. It appears that many, now out of work, are upset with negotiator Richie Phillips. They apparently thought the resignations were merely a bargaining ploy. But their original stance was squarely in line with their penchant for going toe-to-toe with managers in bellicose defense of rulings that they must know are often flat-out wrong. Major league baseball seems to be unsympathetic to the umpires’ plight, effectively telling the indecisive men in blue: “Yer outta here!!!”

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