Three veteran umpires announce retirement

Three veteran umpires announce retirement

Three veteran umpires announce retirement
Three of Major League Baseball's longest-tenured umpires -- Jerry Crawford, Mike Reilly and Chuck Meriweather -- announced their retirements on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

Crawford and Reilly both began adjudicating games in the big leagues in 1977; Crawford umpired five World Series, while Reilly was behind the plate for four. Meriweather reached the Majors in 1993 and worked in two World Series, though he missed the 2010 season. In addition, Crawford headed the umpires union, the Major League Umpires Association, until 2000, when it was replaced by the World Umpires Association.

The league also announced that two umpires -- Scott Barry and Brian Knight -- were added to the Major League ranks, according to the AP.

Sunil Joshi is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.