Obituaries : MLB Umpire Eric Cooper Has Died, See Cause of Death.
Friends and families are paying tributes on social media to Beloved Eric Cooper, the Major League Baseball umpire who worked the AL Division Series two weeks ago. He died at 52.
Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Cooper’s death Sunday.
— Mike Teevan (@MRTeevs) October 20, 2019
Cause of Death.
Cooper died after having a blood clot. He had knee surgery earlier in the week and was recuperating at his father’s home in Iowa. Popular with his fellow umps, he was talking to them Saturday about his recovery.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark issued the following statement on the passing of Major League Umpire Eric Cooper: pic.twitter.com/xWCWklrt0d
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) October 20, 2019
Awful news re: death of umpire Eric Cooper. Didnt know him but shared a super-early a.m. flight w/ him before Gm 3 of ALDS. At gate saw him walk over to an older guy in a wheelchair who was clearly disabled & wearing MLB gear & started talking ball w/ him. Seemed like a sweet guy
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) October 20, 2019
A huge Notre Dame fan, Coop & I had ongoing friendly banter between the Irish and the Ducks, especially this time of year.
Oh how I’m going to miss that.
My deepest sympathies to Eric’s family and friends, there are so many!
Rest In Peace #56, you will be missed.
I am heartbroken to learn of the loss of Eric Cooper. As an Iowan at the highest level of his field, he was a piece of our collective pride. In all my interactions with him, “Coop” was always kind, engaging and accommodating. Keith Murphy and I just ran into Coop’s longtime friend and colleague, Tim McClelland, at the Iowa State Fair. When we asked about Coop, Tim got a twinkle in his eye and said “He’s doing fine. He’s the main reason I watch anymore.” We’d looked forward to having them together on our show again. God’s peace to Coop’s friends and family.
I don’t run across umpires often. But I met Eric Cooper in spring training 2001 and would get to say hello every now and then. Nice man who took a lot of pride in his job. Great MLB piece few years ago when he made his first WS crew. Sad news today. RIP Coop.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) October 20, 2019
Eric Cooper was one of my favorite umpires to work with! I could always tell that he was giving an honest effort and all he wanted to do was to get it right without an ego or attitude! Rest In Peace Coop!
— John Flaherty (@flash17yes) October 20, 2019
There will be a moment of silence for the great Eric Cooper, the beloved umpire, whose sudden death shocked the baseball world. Players and managers had the ultimate respect for him. pic.twitter.com/N04Vs7QTMu
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 20, 2019
A very good umpire passed away. His name is Eric Cooper. You might not know a great deal about him but he should hold a high place in White Sox lore. You see he was behind the plate in Mark Buehrle’s no hitter and Mark’s Perfect Game. He’ll be missed
— Steve Stone (@stevestone) October 21, 2019
Sorry to hear about the death of @MLB umpire Eric Cooper from a reported heart attack. He had just worked the Yanks-Twins ALDS, and was “a hard worker on the field and a popular member of our staff,” commissioner Rob Manfred said. He was just 52. pic.twitter.com/Hpp7IRLaVU
— Barry M. Bloom (@Boomskie) October 20, 2019
Such horrible news about Eric Cooper. Eric, was such a nice guy who I enjoyed talking with and always looked forward to seeing on our umpire crew list for the day. Sending my deepest condolences to his family, friends and his Major League Umpires colleagues. Sad day for the #MLB pic.twitter.com/aC8vlgnkVS
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) October 21, 2019
The White Sox send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Eric Cooper.
Among his many career accomplishments, Cooper was behind the plate for both Mark Buehrle’s no-hitter and his perfect game. https://t.co/VFgdgQ15hI
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 21, 2019