Major League Baseball umpire Eric Cooper has reportedly died at the age of 52.
Cooper reportedly died Sunday due to a blood clot. He had surgery on his knee earlier in the week and had been recuperating at his father’s home in Iowa. He had most recently worked this year’s ALDS between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins.
In his career, which began at the major league level in 1999, Cooper umpired in 10 division series, four League Championship Series and the 2005 All-Star Game, along with two World Baseball Classics. He also was behind the plate for three no-hitters; two by Mark Buehrle, including a perfect game, and another by Hideo Nomo.