On Monday, just a week removed from umpiring the NLDS between Pittsburgh and St. Louis, veteran MLB umpire Wally Bell passed away as the result of an apparent heart attack. Bell was just 48 years of age. Bell had undergone quintuple bypass surgery in 1999. Via ESPN, we get a statement from Bud Selig:
“All of us at Major League Baseball are in mourning tonight regarding the sudden passing of Wally Bell,” commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “I always enjoyed seeing Wally, who was a terrific umpire and such an impressive young man. On behalf of our 30 clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Wally’s family, fellow umpires and his many friends throughout the game.”
Rest in peace, Wally.