Jeff Niemann

APNewsBreak: Mark Irvings hired as baseball's arbitrator

Mark Irvings has been picked to replace Fredric Horowitz as Major League Baseball's independent arbitrator, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because Irvings' hiring was not announced by MLB or the Major League Baseball Players Association, which jointly made the decision.

The independent arbitrator chairs a three-person panel that decides grievances and appeals of drug suspensions. The panel also includes one representative of MLB and one of the union.

Irvings, who turned 68 last week, has heard baseball salary arbitration cases for the past six years. He was a member of three-person...

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