From has learned that the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation (PBUC) reached a tentative six-year agreement with the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU), the umpiring union, late on Thursday evening.

“Late last evening PBUC reached a tentative six-year agreement with the AMLU to end the strike,” PBUC lawyer George Yund said in a statement. “After two full days of mediation Federal Mediator Lou Manchise made a recommendation that proved acceptable to both sides. The AMLU Committee agreed to unanimously recommend the deal for a membership ratification vote, the results of which should be known on Monday, May 1. If the agreement is ratified, the strikers will be returned to work on or before May 8.”

I’ve attended 3 minor league games thus far this season and, other than last night, hadn’t seen much difference in the umpiring from past seasons. Last night’s home plate ump seemed to have a bad night, but that could happen to anyone.

But it’ll be good to have ’em back.