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Second thoughts

Posted: April 6, 2014 at 3:25 a.m.

Kansas City third baseman George Brett (5) is restrained by umpire Joe Brinkman after Tim McClelland (right) ruled Brett’s bat was illegal because of the pine tar involved in a July 1983 game. McClelland, the majors’ second longest-tenured umpire, will miss this season because of back surgery. Despite several World Series and other notable moments, McClelland is best known for Brett and pine tar.

Kansas City third baseman George Brett (5) is restrained by umpire Joe Brinkman after Tim McClelland (right) ruled Brett’s bat was illegal because of the pine tar involved in a July 1983 game. McClelland, the majors’ second longest-tenured umpire, will miss this season because of back surgery. Despite several World Series and other notable moments, McClelland is best known for Brett and pine tar.

McClelland best known for pine tar Tim McClelland, the majors’ second longest-tenured umpire behind Joe West, will miss the season with a back injury. McClelland, 62, told The Des Moines Register last week that he was not retiring but had struggled with his health the last couple of seasons.

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Sports, Pages 22 on 04/06/2014

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