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Problems behind the plate


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Arizona Daily Wildcat

Joshua Mcclain

By Joshua Mcclain
Arizona Daily Wildcat, September 8, 1999

That's it, I quit, I can't take it anymore. I no longer feel appreciated by my employers, so I quit.

And my fellow writers are with me. We stand tall and firm in our resolve for better working conditions.

Wait, you all are with me, right?

Okay, so a few of you are not coming along, but most of us are still holding to our ground. What do we want you ask? All the writing space I desire and freedom to manipulate the stories the way I see fit.

Oh no, more deserters.

All right, I was just kidding, I am not quitting, I want my old job back.

No, you can't accept my resignation. It was just a joke.

That's it, I will just sue you to get my job back. Yeah that's it.

Sound familiar? This is the similar situation that baseball umpires have put themselves in. Due to a contract that the umpires union signed, they were not allowed to strike.

So to get what they wanted, they planned a mass resignation claiming solidarity among the ranks. Little did the faithful know their carefully conceived plan would unravel before them.

Not only did many umpires not resign, others rescinded their resignations just after they mailed them in.

In a backfiring of biblical proportions, baseball accepted 22 of the resignations.

The Union Chief Richie Phillips said just kidding, demanded their jobs back and baseball gave their answer in the form of 20 new hires out of the minor leagues.

Baseball was not choosy in which resignations they accepted either.

They let the skinny and the fat quit, the tall and the short, the young and the old. So the umpires took up a lawsuit, which inevitably gave the 22 umpires severance pay, but not their jobs.

Although this is unfortunate, I offer no pity.

How can any self respecting person say I quit then come back to their employer and demand their job back when the expected reaction did not work out.

Baseball's umpires had it coming since the start of the season. Sports are above the umpires - the so called impartial watchers of the game.

Before the season began, the commissioner of baseball attempted to standardize the strike zone by telling umpires how to call strikes.......by the rule book.

In reality they do their job as well as they stand together in times of need.

And now 22 of them are out of work. Justice is served if you ask me.

Now can I please have my job back?

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