MLB introduced Sunday that umpire Eric Cooper has died. He was 52.
No reason behind demise had been revealed as of Sunday afternoon.
“This is a really unhappy day throughout Major League Baseball,” MLB commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement Sunday. “Eric Cooper was a extremely revered umpire, a tough employee on the sphere and a well-liked member of our workers. He additionally served as a key voice of the MLB Umpires Association on essential points in our sport. Eric was a constant presence within the Postseason all through his profession, together with on this 12 months’s Division Series between the Yankees and the Twins. He was identified for his professionalism and his enthusiasm, together with for our worldwide occasions.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I lengthen my deepest condolences to Eric’s household, mates and all of his fellow Major League Umpires. We will honor Eric’s reminiscence through the World Series. Eric might be missed by your complete Baseball household.”
Cooper officiated the American League Division Series between the Yankees and Twins simply two weeks in the past. He began his officiating profession in 1990 within the minors and had 21 years of MLB expertise.
He was on the sphere for among the largest moments in latest baseball historical past, together with being the house plate umpire for Hideo Nomo’s no-hitter in 2001 and Mark Buehrle’s no-hitter in 2007. He additionally was on the sphere for Buehrle’s excellent sport in 2009.
Cooper’s assignments for officiating three no-hitters is probably the most amongst energetic MLB workers.
He additionally officiated the 2005 All-Star Game, the 2014 World Series and the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classic. He additionally labored three wild-card video games, 10 division sequence and 4 league championship sequence.