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BASEBALL'S BACK II: THE JAYS HEADED BACK TO DUNEDIN?
Published April 28, 1995
The Ontario Labour Relations Board heard closing arguments yesterday from lawyers representing players, owners and umpires, but did not rule on whether replacement umps would be banned in Toronto under Ontario's anti-scab worker law. While noting that umpires had never filed as a union in Ontario, AL Counsel Roy Filion said the MLBUA "cherry picked this opportunity to bring this application forward" (Donovan Vincent, TORONTO STAR, 4/28). Blue Jays Counsel Gordon Kirke argued that the umps "are not employees of ball clubs because it would compromise their integrity" (Dan Ralph, CP/OTTAWA CITIZEN, 4/28). Meanwhile, Kirke told the OLRB that a ruling against the league would mean the Jays playing in Dunedin, FL -- an option that "sent a visible jolt" through Blue Jays President Paul Beeston (James Christie, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/28).