No more fetching: Minor league team says bat-dog is retiring

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) One of the Labrador retrievers that fetches baseballs and bats for the minor-league Greensboro Grasshoppers is kicking her paws up and retiring after this season.

In one of those only-in-the-minors stories, team president Donald Moore said Tuesday the dog – named Miss Babe Ruth – ”deserves to slow down” after nearly a decade of bringing balls to umpires and retrieving the Grasshoppers’ bats.

She will turn 10 this fall and made her debut as a 9-month-old puppy in August 2006. There is a statue of the dog outside the team’s ballpark.

The team has two other dogs – Master Yogi Berra and Miss Lou Lou Gehrig – that will continue the team’s canine bat-fetching tradition.

The Grasshoppers are one of the Miami Marlins’ Single-A farm teams.

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