Female umpire could be `on deck' for National League job in '89

Two major league executives who asked to remain nameless (one from the American and one from the National League) feel certain that major league baseball will appoint its first female umpire in time for the 1989 season. Expected to get the call is Pam Postema, 33, who was given a major league tryout during spring training last March. She was one of seven candidates, but the only woman, for two vacancies. When not selected, she spent her sixth consecutive season as a Triple-A umpire.

According to the league executives, Postema will get a chance at the majors for three reasons:

She is good at what she does.

The forced resignation of Dave Pallone has opened up a spot on the National League umpiring staff.

Newly elected baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti likes the idea.

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