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Umpires' union says MLB investigators acting like 'secret police'

Updated: January 30, 2008, 8:19 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

A dispute between Major League Baseball and its umpires over background checks turned ugly Wednesday, when a spokesman for the umpires union charged MLB's security investigators with acting like "secret police" in their efforts to dig into the personal histories of umpires.

Lamell McMorris, a spokesman for the World Umpires Association, told ESPN.com that baseball investigators have gone into neighborhood homes in recent weeks and asked a series of provocative and potentially defamatory ...

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