Baseball is back, and while the major league players can work themselves into shape, the umpires have no such luxury.

“We’re really trying to rush back into midseason form,” said Johnson City’s Will Little, who began his eighth season as a major-league umpire Thursday night. “The one thing about an umpire — we’re expected to be perfect from the time we walk onto the field from the first game on. We’re aware of those expectations. We have the greatest staff in the world and we’ll live up to that.”

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