Wednesday January 21st, 2015

Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that it has ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with umpires.

The agreement runs five years, through the 2019 season. The two sides initially reached the agreement in December.

The previous agreement expired on New Year's Eve.

The ratification of the agreement comes less than a week before Bud Selig steps down after serving 23 years as the league's commissioner.

Rob Manfred will take over for Selig.

• VERDUCCI: Exclusive: Q&A with new commissioner Rob Manfred

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