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Crawford, Reilly, Meriwether retiring

Updated: February 23, 2011, 8:26 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- Jerry Crawford, Mike Reilly and Chuck Meriwether are retiring, the second straight year a significant number of veteran umpires are leaving work.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Major League Baseball.

Crawford, head of the former MLB umpires' union, joined the major league staff in 1977 and had been the senior umpire since Ed Montague retired last year after 34 seasons. Crawford worked the World Series in 1988, 1992, 1998, 2000 and 2002.

Reilly had been on ...

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