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John Hirschbeck, target of Roberto Alomar's spitting incident, retires from umpiring

John Hirschbeck, target of Roberto Alomar's spitting incident, retires from umpiring

John Hirschbeck, the longtime umpire involved in Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar's infamous 1996 spitting incident, and who later was profiled in a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature story by The Baltimore Sun, has retired from Major League Baseball, the commissioner's office announced Tuesday.

Hirschbeck, 62, the crew chief in last year's World Series and a big league umpire since 1984, had announced his planned retirement last year, two decades after he became embroiled in a high-profile episode...

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