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Umpire Wally Bell dies less than a week after working in MLB playoffs

DETROIT -- DETROIT (AP) — The umpiring crew for Game 3 of the AL championship series Tuesday lined up in missing-man formation (picture to the right) during a moment of silence for umpire Wally Bell, who died of an apparent heart attack.

Jake Peavy, who pitched Game 4 for Boston, began his news conference by offering condolences to Bell's family.

"Wally was a tremendous, tremendous umpire, but a tremendous person as well," Peavy said. "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."

The picture to the left shows Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, right, arguing with home plate umpire Wally Bell during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee.

Bell just finished his 21st season with Major League Baseball. He worked two All Star Games (1997, 2000), six Divisional Series (98, 99, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2012), four League Championship Series (2000, 2001, 2005, 2010), and the 2006 World Series

 

Frank Victor Pulli Dies at Age 78
March 22, 1935 - August 28, 2013

Frank Pulli, known to his peers as "Ish" passed away this morning after a long battle and complications with Parkinson's disease.

Frank Pulli was a Major League Umpire "and an excellent one" as Hall of Fame Umpire, Doug Harvey (and former partner) would say. A 28 year veteran of the National League, Pulli umpired 3,774 National League games, Four World Series (1978,1983,1990 Crew Chief, and 1995), Six National League Championship Series (1975,1979,1986,1991,1993, and 1997), and Four National League Divisional Series (1981, 1995,1996, and 1998). He worked two All Star games in 1977 and was the Crew Chief in the 1988 Summer Classic.

He started his umpiring in Easton, Pennsylvania where he grew up and in 1968 he worked the final championship game of the VFW Teener League National Championship. He later umpired in the National League (6/20/1977)with the catcher on the losing team of that Championship game.

At graduation from Umpire's School, he finished high on a list of candidates to be put into the minor leagues and within four years the National League purchased his contract from the International League and Frank Victor Pulli became a full time National League Umpire in the spring of 1972.

When Major League Baseball started the Umpire Development Program, Frank was asked by Barney Deary (Director of Umpire Development) to be one of the lead instructors.

Always known for his hustle and great positioning, Frank was an excellent teacher of umpiring. Frank mentored the likes of Jerry Crawford, Ed Montague, Stever Palermo, Richie Garcia, Mike Reilly, Eric Gregg, Joe West, Charlie Williams, Steve Rippley, Drew Coble, Tim McClelland,  Angel Hernandez, Steve Rippley, Bob Davidson, Ed Rapuano, Larry Poncino, Tom Hallion, Greg Bonin, Gary Darling, Dave Demuth and Mike Winters.

One of twenty two umpires that were illegally terminated by Major League Baseball in 1999, Frank was awarded his job back with back pay and benefits and even though he never returned to the field he helped numerous umpires in a supervisory capacity with MLB... a compliment to his ability proving that Major League Baseball fired him and the other twenty one to break the union and not because of his or their work.

In 1999 he was the first umpire to look at a replay to try and make sure his decision was correct, in a game between the Marlins and Cardinals. He was criticized by the National League for doing so, but,  the very play that he took a look at in 1999 was the first thing Major League Baseball endorsed in their instituting of "Instant Replay."

Frank is survived by his brother Mickey, his wife Kim, and children Vickie, Michael, Michelle, Frank, Jr., Candace, and Nickie.

Frank Victor Pulli, a great brother, husband, teacher, partner, and umpire gone at the age of 78.

Goodbye "Ish"

 

 

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Angel Behind the Plate
By Darius Thigpen published by Rocket Sports & Entertainment Network

We tend to forget that coaches and players are people, too. We forget that they are capable of mistakes, have families and a life outside of their sport. What about the officials? We forget they’re human, too, which means they won’t get every call right. Furthermore, we forget they are also capable of greatness in their own way.

MLB umpire has been called one of the worst by various people throughout baseball. Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said “Angel is just bad,” reported by NBC Sports. Washington Nationals’ rookie sensation Bryce Harper got into a full-blown argument with him during a game. But what each of these Angel bashings failed to mention was Hernandez’s incredible charity work in south Florida.

Hernandez is the Chairman of the Board of the West Pembroke Pines Miracle League. The Miracle League was formed in 1998 to enable disabled children to participate in little league baseball. The Miracle League is a nationwide group started by the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association in Rockdale, Ga. The slogan of the league is “Because every child deserves to play baseball.”

“I am blessed with the opportunity of seeing children who normally wouldn’t have the chance to play baseball do just that,” Hernandez wrote on the Angel Miracle League website. “[This is] a cause very dear to my heart.”

Remember Dick Bavetta? Of course you don’t. Like most officials he is not known—until he really messes up. Let me jog your memory with the 2007 NBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas. The race against Charles Barkley on TNT was a pretty interesting event. Ah, now you remember. Well that little race against the Round Mound of Rebound raised $75,000 for the Las Vegas Boys & Girls Clubs.

Despite grumblings Bavetta is a bad referee, he is 72 and has been an official for 37 years without missing a game. In addition to being the ironman of officiating, Bavetta established and finances the Lady Bavetta Scholarships for minority students, which he started in 1986. He has also volunteered with the Double-H Hole in the Woods Ranch which helps with childhood cancer and HIV.

It’s a shame that these are the conditions it had to come under, but Shannon Eastin is breaking history. If we can recognize in the great acts officials have done off the field, we should also recognize refs need to be taken care of financially and the NFL refs are on strike because they’re not satisfied with the money they’re receiving from the NFL.

Although the gloomy business side of the game has led to replacement referees, it has opened the door for Shannon Eastin to become the first woman referee. Thursday during the San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers preseason game she made her debut on the NFL level. Eastin, an official in lower level college football for years, is one of the many replacement refs under scrutiny during the 2012 preseason.

With the news that the replacement refs may continue into the regular season many fans and players are less than thrilled, but it is nice to see these refs, like Eastin make their personal dreams come true by refereeing at the highest level.

I know it’s tough for us to remember, but the officials you want to call “idiot” “blind” or other derogatory terms are people, as well. They can achieve great accomplishments and are susceptible to downfalls, too. As much as we don’t care about refs and their personal lives, it’s nice to the human side besides the “stripes” and the good side behind “blue".

 

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Goose Gossage does his best Bob Marley imitation at the Celebrity Player's Tour event in Jamaica. West & Gossage were part of the tournament held at the White Witch & Half Moon Bay Golf courses in Jamaica.

 


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Jason Scheff (bass player for Chicago) and Joe West entertain at Rose Hall (home of the White Witch of Jamaica)
 


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Hall of Famer Johnny Bench and Major League Umpire Joe West meet  at Camp LeJuene for the Marine Corps Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament.

 

 

September in Anaheim - Oops, Los Angeles Angels @ Anaheim
Friends Meet - Old and New

 

From left to right Ray Hungerford (former airport manager for Air New Zealand, Joe West, Fred Rodgers (Editor Baseball Gold & Sabre Member), and Bill Slayback (former pitcher for the Detroit Tigers)

 

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Longtime Baseball Umpire, Harry Wendelstedt, dies at age 73
All Major League Umpires will be wearing a patch in memory of Harry Wendelstedt this season

Long time Major League Umpire Harry Wendelstedt passed away on Friday March 9, 2012 after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 73.

His 33 year major league career began in 1966 and he retired in 1998. He umpired five World Series (1973, 1980, 1986, 1991 and 1995) serving as the Crew Chief in 1980 and 1995. He also umpired seven National League Championship Series (1970, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1988, 1990) , three National League Divisional Series (1995, 1996 and 1997) and four All- Star Games (1968, 1976, 1983, 1992). He ranks 11th all time in number of years umpired in the Major Leagues and 5th all time for number of games worked with 4,500. A former President of the Major League Umpire's Association, he was instrumental in helping start and build the umpire's union.

Wendelstedt called balls and strikes in 5 no-hitters, tying an NL record held by Bill Klem.

On May 31, 1968, Wendelstedt made a famous call that preserved Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale's consecutive shutouts and scoreless innings streaks. Giants catcher Dick Dietz came to the plate in the top of the 9th inning with the bases loaded and no outs. On a 2-2 count, Drysdale hit Dietz on the elbow, apparently forcing in a run that would have ended the streaks. However, Wendelstedt ruled that Dietz made no attempt to avoid being struck by the pitch, and called him back. Drysdale retired Dietz on a short fly ball and got out of the inning without yielding a run, earning his fifth (of six) consecutive shutouts.

The "Harry Wendelstedt Umpire's School" has taught more Major League Umpires than any other school in history. Today the majority of Major League Umpires attended the Wendelstedt School. And no one anywhere in the world has taught more amateur umpires the skills and techniques of umpiring than Wendelstedt.

He's survived by his daughter Amy and his son Hunter who like his father is a Major League Umpire.... and he wears Harry's old number "21." His memorial service was held March 13th. It was so large they had to hold it at the Ormond Beach Fine Arts Center. He was honored by full military color guard from the United States Marine Corps.


This 1998 file photo shows veteran Harry Wendelstedt, left,
with his son, Hunter Wendelstedt, also an umpire.

 

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