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Padres’ Clark Puts Rap on Umpires in American League

Jack Clark, who has returned to the National League as a first baseman for San Diego after a season as a Yankee, commented on American League umpires Wednesday.

“The umpires over there are awful, they don’t have a clue . . . I don’t know whether they don’t practice or what,” Clark said after being ejected by AL umpire Tim McClelland on a disputed third-strike call in the Padres’ 11-3 exhibition win over Oakland.

“Bad umpires is maybe the biggest reason I’m glad I’m back over here. There’s a lot of bad umpires there. That’s why Billy Martin kicks dirt on them, trying to cover them up. They’ve got a lot more lowlifes there.”

Said McClelland: “There’s absolutely no difference between the umpiring in the two leagues.”

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