Five umpires will return; back pay still pending

Updated: March 1, 2002, 12:34 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Five major league umpires regained their jobs Thursday after a 2½-year struggle against the commissioner's office.

Gary Darling, Bill Hohn, Larry Poncino, Larry Vanover and Joe West will start working spring training games Monday, the commissioner's office said. The five have not officiated major league games since Sept. 2, 1999, when 22 umpires were terminated by baseball after their failed mass resignation.

As part of the agreement, which followed a lengthy ...

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