Skip to main content

Longtime MLB Umpire Is Reportedly Dead At 52

A generic photo of two baseball's sitting side-by-side on a field.

(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Tragedy struck the Major League Baseball umpiring community this weekend, as a longtime umpire has died suddenly at 52, according to multiple reports.

Major League Baseball has confirmed that Eric Cooper, an Iowa native with two-plus decades of umpiring experience, has passed away.

Cooper was a 21-year MLB umpiring veteran.

Major League Baseball released the following statement:

Cooper's hometown newspaper, the Des Moines Register, had some details on the umpire's decorated career:

During the course of career, Cooper was on the field for some big baseball moments. He worked the 2005 All-Star Game, the 2014 World Series and the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Cooper was the home plate umpire for Hideo Nomo’s no-hitter in 2001 and Mark Buehrle’s no-hitter in 2007. He was also behind the plate for Buehlre’s perfect game in 2009.

Rest in peace, Eric.