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Published October 1, 1997
MLB umpires "were threatened with 'swift action' Tuesday in a strongly worded letter" from MLB if they "fail to abide by baseball's policies and practices," according to Hal Bodley of USA TODAY. The letter, written by MLB attorney Robert Kheel, said that the umps face "suspensions or even more severe action if they follow through on their 'no tolerance' stand" (USA TODAY, 10/1). Highlights of David Letterman's "Top 10 Signs The Umpire Is Nuts." No. 10: His Chest Protector Has Large Silicone Implants. No. 9: Cleans Home Plate With His Tongue. No. 8: The First Batter Has Worked The Count to 46 Balls, 29 Strikes. No. 6: Was Seen Checking Into Motel 6 With The Philly Phanatic. No. 3: Insists That "Baseball Fever" Is The Cause Of That Weird Rash On His Back ("Late Show," CBS, 9/30). RACING: The IRL increased its '98 schedule to 10 races as it has added Dover Downs, DE, to its schedule with a race on July 19 (IRL). A second IRL race at Texas Motor Speedway has been added for September 20 and will serve as the final event on the '98 schedule (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/1). GENERAL: The National Lacrosse League, a new eight-team league combining teams from the Major Indoor Lacrosse League with two expansion teams, begins its inaugural season January 3, 1998 (NLL)....USA Baseball will relocate its national headquarters to Tuscon, AZ's Hi Corbett Field on a permanent basis, contingent upon city approval. USA Baseball's administrative offices are currently located in Trenton, NJ, and the organization expects to complete the move sometime in mid-November (USA Baseball)....The CISL will assume operational control of the Anaheim Splash, having terminated the franchise rights of the current owners due to a failure to meet financial obligations (CISL).