Miss Babe Ruth to retire from Grasshoppers service at season’s end

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The first furry face of the franchise will call it a career at season’s end.

Miss Babe Ruth, the beloved bat-dog for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, will retire at the end of the 2015 South Atlantic League season, the team announced this morning.

Babe, a 9-year-old black Labrador Retriever owned by Hoppers president and general manager Donald Moore, has worked 580 consecutive home games at NewBridge Bank Park, fetching bats and delivering baseballs to the home plate umpire during certain innings.

“Babe is such a fixture at our ballpark that it’s hard to imagine a game without her, but the time is coming,” Moore said in a news release. “We have given this a lot of thought and hope she will have several years of good health and relaxation following her retirement. Babe will be 10 this fall and she deserves to slow down.”

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