January 21, 2015 / 5:39 PM / 3 years ago

MLB, umpires agree on new five-year labor deal

(Reuters) - Major League Baseball and its umpires ratified a new five-year labor agreement that avoids disruption to the upcoming season, the league said on Wednesday.

Arizona Diamondbacks base runner A.J. Pollock (red) looks as the umpire calls him safe against San Francisco Giants catcher Andrew Susac in the fifth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The deal negotiated with the World Umpires Association covers the 2015-2019 MLB seasons.

The agreement will be the last negotiated by outgoing commissioner Bud Selig, who will step down on Saturday after 23 years on the job.

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Frank Pingue

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