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Tribune photo by Tom Larson Northwoods League umpire Michael Hains calls a strike during the Willmar Stingers’ game against the Waterloo Bucks on July 17 at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.

Pro ball is the call for NWL umpires


By Jacob Belgum

It’s easy to imagine how hard it is to get into the major leagues as a ballplayer, but it may be even more difficult to make it as an umpire.

There are 750 active players in Major League Baseball but only 70 permanent MLB umpires. While the chances of an umpire making it to the big leagues are slim, Matthew Scott and Michael Hains are attempting to beat the odds.

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