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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Prior to Game 6, World Series umpires say goodbye to one of their own

HOUSTON — Early Monday morning, when the World Series left Washington D.C. for Houston, the series’ seven umpires boarded a charter flight to Iowa to bury their friend.

Eric Cooper had been a major league umpire for 24 years. They’d worked the same season-long crews with him. One had worked this year’s Minnesota-New York division series with him. They’d shared long nights on hot fields in front of edgy crowds, the hard lifestyle between those games, and the meetings at home plate to begin the next one.

Coop, as they called him, was 52. He’d died nine days before. A blood clot, believed to be a complication from knee surgery a few days prior, had quieted the laugh, had silenced the frequent encouraging text messages, and had put them on a dawn flight to Des Moines.

In Iowa, they joined some 50 other active big-league umpires, along with retired umpires and other baseball officials, including several men who tend the umpires’ rooms in ballparks. The fraternity is close.



QLE Posted: October 30, 2019 at 12:29 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ajnrules Posted: October 30, 2019 at 11:59 AM (#5896381)
I wonder if they got together to mourn for Chuck Meriwether as well.
   2. calming him down with his 57i66135 Posted: October 30, 2019 at 12:12 PM (#5896397)
on a related note:

i love the fact that bomani jones will namecheck eric gregg on ESPN, still salty as #### because of gregg's strikezone in the 97 NLCS (the livan hernandez game). pablo torre: "rest in peace"; bomani: "yeah...i guess."

this is a strike.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 30, 2019 at 12:22 PM (#5896405)
My God. How did Gregg still have a job after that?
   4. Panik on the streets of Flushing! (Trout! Trout!) Posted: October 30, 2019 at 12:36 PM (#5896420)
My God. How did Gregg still have a job after that?

Baseball America voted that the 3rd worst umpiring performance from 1975-2000 which, first of all, is a random amount of years. Maybe they didn't have the data before 1975? But, second of all, I would hate to see the two that were worse because Holy Christ is that bad.
   5. Itchy Row Posted: October 30, 2019 at 12:47 PM (#5896425)
I don't see anything about Baseball America's ranking of worst umpiring performances other than Wikipedia-type sources saying Gregg was third on the list. His career started in 1975 and ended in 1999, so maybe he was the inspiration for the ranking.

The only way a performance could have been worse would be if Livan had shaken off a signal from the catcher and Gregg called the shake a strike. John McSherry's last game was worse in many ways, but I doubt that made the list.
   6. The Duke Posted: October 30, 2019 at 02:31 PM (#5896520)
Did they send him off with a 21 gun AR-15 salute ?

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