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Eric Cooper

Eric Cooper – 56


CAREER: Became a member of the Major League staff in 1999...worked the 2015-17 AL Wild Card Game; Division Series (2003, 2005-06, 2008-09, 11-14); the 2004-17 NLCS; the 2014 World Series; and the 2005 All-Star Game...worked the San Juan, Puerto Rico round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and the 2017 WBC...has been the home plate umpire for three no-hitters - including both by former White Sox southpaw Mark Buehrle - which is tied for the most among all active Major League umpires...was behind the dish when Boston's Hideo Nomo tossed a no-hitter vs. Baltimore (4/6/01); when Buehrle blanked Texas (4/18/07); and when Buehrle recorded his perfect game vs. Tampa Bay (7/23/09)...worked Cal Ripken Jr.'s last Major League game (10/6/01)...worked in the Appalachian League (1990), Midwest League (1991), Florida State League (1992), Eastern League (1993-94), American Association (1995-97) and Pacific Coast League (1998).

PERSONAL: Born in December 1966 in Iowa...resides in Iowa...married to Tara...two children, Chaz and Colt...graduated from Iowa State University in 1989...majored in transportation logistics...played baseball through high school...was elected to the board of Mentor Iowa, an organization that helps abused, neglected and delinquent children...hobbies include working out, golf and traveling during the offseason.

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