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.