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MLB: Dodgers Using Umpires in Batting Practice

Feb. 26, 1962 - The Los Angeles Dodgers came up with an innovation today: they used umpires in batting practice. Manager Walter Alston, pleased with the results of the experiment, plans to continue the practice daily. “We swung at a lot of bad pitches last year, and I hope to correct this,” Alston said. “I think we have a good start.” Three Dodgertown staff umpires called every pitch, even when a batter swung.


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