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Eric Cooper

Eric Cooper – 56


CAREER: Became a member of the Major League staff in 1999...worked the Division Series (2003, 2005-06, 2008-09, 11-13), the 2004 NLCS and the 2005 All-Star Game...worked the San Juan, Puerto Rico round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic...has been the home plate umpire for three no-hitters - including both by White Sox southpaw Mark Buehrle - which is 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)... is one of only six active Major League umpires who have been behind the plate for multiple no-hitters (others: Ted Barrett, Ed Hickox, Adrian Johnson, Jeff Kellogg, Ron Kulpa)...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...rings bell for the Salvation Army during the Christmas season...hobbies include working out, golf and traveling during the off-season.

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