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Players, umpires and MLB hold joint meeting

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP)

The unions for major league baseball players and umpires have held a rare joint meeting with management.

The 2 1/2-hour session Sunday originally was set at the request of the players' association in early October after a series of missed calls in the playoffs. That meeting was postponed because of a death in the family of one of the participants.

''We had a productive exchange about a range of issues of concern to players, umpires and the commissioner's office,'' union head Michael Weiner said.

Several former players attended the session, including Tony Clark, Steve Rogers, Phil Bradley, Bobby Bonilla, Stan Javier and Rick Helling. Clark is the director of player relations of the players' association.

Attending for MLB were executive vice presidents Joe Torre and Rob Manfred, senior adviser Frank Robinson and senior vice president Dan Halem.

''Just a conversation about areas of mutual concern,'' Manfred said.

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