Rick Reed, 59, has been running around the fields of Toledo for the last few days, trying to prove he’s still a major league umpire after a stroke in May 2008 took him off the field and another stroke last February seemingly slammed the door on his 27-year MLB career as an umpire and crew chief.
However, if you remember anything about Reed on the field, he’s not one to argue with. Doctors tried; the league tried, knowing that all good deeds end in a lawsuit and increased insurance rates. Also, no one wants a repeat of John McSherry’s death. Still, the umpires’ union put down the gun pointed at its foot long enough to join Reed in arguing for his return.