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MLB umpire Eric Cooper dies at 52; did playoffs 2 weeks ago

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Cooper, the Major League Baseball umpire who worked the AL Division Series two weeks ago, has died. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Cooper's death Sunday, Oct. 20. Cooper died after having a blood clot. Eric Cooper, the Major League Baseball umpire who worked the AL Division Series two weeks ago, has died. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Cooper's death Sunday.

Hector Santiago's ejection sparks anger among Angels

Los Angeles Times

Angels Manager Mike Scioscia became enraged when his starting pitcher, Hector Santiago, was ejected from the third inning of Friday's game against Baltimore. He remained angry two-plus hours later, when he began his postgame news conference by fielding a question about the ejection. He first said he was given no explanation for the decision. He then clarified: "In fact, the explanation wasn't what happened, so I'm not very happy about it." The next afternoon, he said he felt the same way, and intended to seek further information from Major League Baseball.

MLB notes: Umpires end their protest, will meet with commissioner

Los Angeles Times

Major League Baseball umpires have ended their protest of what they called "abusive player behavior" after Commissioner Rob Manfred offered to meet with their union's governing board. Most umpires wore white wristbands during Saturday's games after Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined but not suspended for his recent verbal tirade against ump Angel Hernandez. Kinsler said Tuesday that Hernandez was a bad umpire and "just needs to go away." The World Umpires Association announced Sunday in a series of tweets that Manfred had proposed a meeting to discuss its concerns, and said umps had decided to remove the wristbands to demonstrate their good faith pending the meeting. A message was left seeking comment from Major League Baseball.

Computer to call balls and strikes in minor league

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FILE - In this May 13, 2018, file photo, MLB umpire Joe West, right, talks with a player in the ninth inning during a baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals in Phoenix. West, who has umpired more than 5,000 big league games, said the 2016 TrackMan computer system test was far from perfect. NEW YORK – Get ready for strikes by robots. Computers will be used for ball/strike calls starting April 25 in the independent Atlantic League, where the distance between home and first will be shortened by 3 inches. The ground between the mound and home plate will lengthen by 2 feet for the second half of the season beginning July 12.

MLB umpire apologizes for tossing Madison Bumgarner

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on The umpire who threw Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner out of the game earlier this week has come out and apologized. Per the New York Post, Dan Bellino, 43, who has umpired in the big leagues for 15 years, tossed Bumgarner after the end of the first inning on Wednesday. Bumgarner gave up a solo HR but then retired the next three batters. On his way back to the dugout, he was subjected to a hand check to ensure that he wasn't using any illegal substances.