LONG­TIME UMP KEN KAISER DIES OF DI­A­BETES AT AGE 72

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N.Y.» Former ma­jor-league um­pire Ken ROCHESTER,

Kaiser died this week at age 72.

The World Um­pires As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced Thurs­day that Kaiser died Tues­day in Rochester, his home­town. Kaiser suf­fered from di­a­betes.

Kaiser was a col­or­ful fig­ure dur­ing more than two decades on the di­a­mond. His big-league ca­reer abruptly ended nearly two decades ago dur­ing la­bor talks. He joined a group of um­pires who sub­mit­ted their res­ig­na­tions in 1999 dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions. The gam­ble by the Ma­jor League Um­pires As­so­ci­a­tion failed, and Kaiser wasn’t re­hired. Kaiser was an Amer­i­can League um­pire from 1977-99. He worked two World Se­ries, one All-Star Game and sev­eral play­off se­ries.

Seattle’s Martinez ready for jersey re­tire­ment.

SEATTLE» Mariners hit­ting coach Edgar Martinez, a former star player with the fran­chise, has found enough time to get his speech ready for Satur­day night when his No. 11 is re­tired by the club.

Martinez, a ca­reer .312 hit­ter with 309 home runs and 1,219 RBIs in 18 sea­sons, all with the Mariners, will be the sec­ond former Seattle player to have his num­ber re­tired. Ken Grif­fey Jr.’s num­ber (24) was re­tired a year ago af­ter his in­duc­tion into the Base­ball Hall of Fame in Coop­er­stown, N.Y.

Foot­notes.

The Rangers re­ceived right-handed re­liever Jhan Marinez from the Pi­rates on a waiver claim. … The Car­di­nals are look­ing for their “Rally Cat” af­ter it went miss­ing late Wed­nes­day night in St. Louis. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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