Longtime umpire Chuck Meriwether has passed away at the age of 63, a press release from MLB confirmed this afternoon.
Meriwether made his umpiring debut in the majors in 1987 before becoming a full-time American League/MLB ump in 1993. He held that position until 2011.
During that 18-year span, Meriwether worked eight Division Series, two League Championship Series, two World Series and two All-Star Games.
In 2011, Meriwether became an umpiring supervisor, a position he held for eight years.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement this afternoon to commemorate Meriwether.
“Chuck Meriwether was an accomplished umpire on the field, a role model for our staff and a true gentleman in life. He made a significant impact in his nine years as an Umpire Supervisor. Chuck will be remembered for his genial manner and the outstanding example he set for others, particularly for African American umpires who followed him. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to his wife Rita, his sons Jeremy and Christopher, the Major League Umpires and his many friends throughout our game.”
This is the second major umpiring tragedy MLB has experienced this week. On October 20, umpire Eric Cooper died at 52 after suffering a heart attack.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Meriwether family and the umpiring community.