Umpires honor Bell before start of ALCS
The umpiring crew for Game 3 of the AL championship series Tuesday lined up in missing-man formation during a moment of silence for umpire Wally Bell, who died of an apparent heart attack.
Bell was an Austintown native and Fitch High graduate.
“Wally was a tremendous, tremendous umpire, but a tremendous person as well,” said Boston right-hander Jake Peavy.
“We’re here today, I think everybody, man for man in that clubhouse, I know I speak for our guys, we’re devastated by the news last night and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
The moment of silence was held before the national anthem at Comerica Park.
Five umpires lined up next to each other, with a gap between them and the sixth member of the crew.
Bell, a veteran of 21 big league seasons, died Monday at 48.
“We are all shocked and saddened by Wally’s passing,” said Tony Clark, deputy executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
“Throughout my playing career, I found Wally to be the consummate professional, whose passion and professionalism made him a master of his craft. On behalf of all players and the staff of the Players Association, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Wally’s family, friends and fellow World Umpires Association members.”