NEW YORK (AP) -The union for minor league umpires said its members will let Major League Baseball perform background checks, a move the commissioner's office requested in the wake of the NBA's referee betting scandal.
While the Association of Minor League Umpires originally balked, it agreed after MLB put in writing how the checks would be conducted and what they would be used for.
``This agreement will help preserve integrity and maintain public confidence in professional baseball, while protecting the fundamental rights and privacy concerns of minor league umpires,'' AMLU president Shaun Francis said Friday. ``We've been assured that issues like routine credit problems alone, will not disqualify an umpire from working in MLB.''
The AMLU's decision followed a conversation between the union and the commissioner's office.
``The office of the commissioner explained in detail why it was proceeding with the background checks and how it would respond to information received as a result of those background checks,'' management lawyer Frank Coonelly said. ``The AMLU asked the office of the commissioner to memorialize that discussion, and the office of the commissioner was happy to do so.''
The union for major leaguers, the World Umpires Association, has not agreed to wider background checks, asking that umpiring crews for postseason series be expanded from six to seven as part of any agreement.
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