Major League Baseball is planning a series of detailed background checks for all umpires, spurred by the NBA's referee gambling scandal. But the umps aren't pleased: Discussions with their new union drifted foul when the league balked at their compromise request to add a 7th ump to postseason games.
MLB says it won't make an "economic concession in return for the members being forthcoming on what we regard to be an integrity issue." A union spokesman replied: "We understand the need in light of what's taken place. But we feel we just don't need to have a knee-jerk reaction and a witch hunt."