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RULING SAYS REPLACEMENT UMPS CANNOT WORK IN TORONTO

     The Ontario Labor Relations Board ruled Friday that MLB
umpires cannot be locked out of games played at SkyDome and that
replacement umps will not be allowed to work Blue Jays' games
after the team's first home stand which ends Wednesday.   Regular
umpires must work the next homestand, which begins May 9, or they
would be in an "illegal strike" (Donovan Vincent, TORONTO STAR,
4/29).  Jays President Paul Beeston, on the possibility of
regular umpires returning for games at SkyDome only: "That is
probably the scenario that you will see.  Because as much as it
is an illegal lockout, it is also an illegal strike" ("Sports
Tonight," CNN, 4/28).  ESPN's Peter Gammons said the situation
"might" be settled because of the ruling and his guess is that
they will settle ("Baseball Tonight," 4/20).  The two sides are
reportedly about $10M apart in what would be a four-year
contract.  "That's less than $400,000 a club, a bargain price for
the best umpiring" (Dave Anderson, N.Y TIMES, 4/30).  In New
York, Phil Mushnick writes, according to a source "intimate with
MLB's replacement umpires," several replacements "have been
subjected to 'psychological terrorism,' including late night
obscene phone calls to their wives and children during their
absence from home" (N.Y. POST, 5/1).
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