RIP Eric Cooper: Passes Away at Age of 52, Shaun Clancy Offers Condolences

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Shaun Clancy, the owner of Foley's and creator of the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame, has a fascination with baseball, and enjoys meeting people associated with the game. Some, of course, make a bigger impression than others, and for Clancy, Eric Cooper, who passed away last weekend, was one of those.

Sometimes Life Sucks.

That’s how I felt Sunday after hearing the news of the passing of my friend and MLB Ump, Eric Cooper,at the young age of 52.

Coop was a great guy, funny, loyal and caring and he was just in Foley’s a few weeks ago during the Twins Yanks ALDS and we were chatting about Nomo's no hitter and how he was hoping to be one of the umps for the Field of Dreams game so he could Ump in his home state of Iowa. Just Friday we were texting about me sponsoring him in the upcoming 100 holes of golf for UmpsCare.

To his family I offer my deepest condolences.

To his family in blue my thoughts and prayers are with you all and love you all.

To his brothers taking the field for the World Series with heavy hearts know Coop is looking down on you all with words of encouragement and an occasion zinger.

I hope there is a Field of Dreams up there Coop and that you might get to call balls and strikes, going to miss you, gone too soon.

Rest In Peace, Coop. #safeathome

Yours in Blue,

Shaun Clancy

Cooper, a veteran Major League Baseball umpire who worked the American League Division Series between the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins just two weeks ago, died during the weekend in Iowa. He was 52.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said Cooper died after having a blood clot. Cooper had had knee surgery earlier in the week and was recuperating at his father’s home in Iowa. On Saturday he was talking to fellow umpires about his recovery.

Cooper made his debut in the majors in 1996 as a minor league fill-in and joined the big league umpiring staff in 1999. His most recent assignment was at second base for Game 3 of the A.L. division series at Target Field in Minneapolis on Oct. 7, when the Yankees completed their sweep of the Twins.