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Sports Veteran umpire Eric Cooper dies at 52

05:40  21 october  2019
05:40  21 october  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Veteran MLB umpire Eric Cooper has died at the age of 52 . Cooper had umpired at the major league level for 21 years and worked during the Yankees-Twins ALDS matchup in the 2019 postseason. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made the following statement

MLB announced Sunday that umpire Eric Cooper has died . He was 52 . No cause of death had been revealed as of Sunday afternoon. Cooper officiated the American League Division Series between the Yankees and Twins just two weeks ago. He started his officiating career in 1990 in the minors and

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Longtime MLB umpire Eric Cooper has died at the age of 52.

Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement Sunday to address Cooper's passing after a 21-year career as a major-league umpire.

"This is a very sad day across Major League Baseball," Manfred said. "Eric Cooper was a highly respected umpire, a hard worker on the field, and a popular member of our staff. He also served as a key voice of the MLB Umpires Association on important issues in our game.

"Eric was a consistent presence in the postseason throughout his career, including in this year's division series between the Yankees and the Twins. He was known for his professionalism and his enthusiasm, including for our international events."

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Eric Cooper , MLB umpire for 21 years, dies at 52 .

Eric Cooper , MLB umpire for 21 years, dies at 52 .

Cooper's memory will be honored during this year's World Series, Manfred added.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark also issued a statement on Sunday.

"Eric Cooper's friendly and familiar presence in the baseball community will be missed by all of us. He was a professional and gentleman whose passion for our game, the players, and his fellow umpires was evident in the way he went about his work and life. ... Players extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends."

Over the course of his career, Cooper served as the home plate umpire for three no-hitters, two of which were thrown by Mark Buehrle. He also worked the Hideo Nomo no-hitter in 2001. The Iowa native umped several wild-card games, 10 division series, four league championships, and one World Series.

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