Late umpire Wally Bell is remembered

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DETROIT — The umpiring crew for Game 3 of the AL Championship Series on Tuesday lined up in missing-man formation during a moment of silence for umpire Wally Bell, who died of an apparent heart attack.

Umpires bow take a moment of silence for umpire Wally Bell before Game 3 of the ALCS.  CARLOS OSORIO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
CARLOS OSORIO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Umpires bow take a moment of silence for umpire Wally Bell before Game 3 of the ALCS.

Jake Peavy, who will pitch 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.

“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.”

ROCKIES: Agreed to a three-year contract extention with manager Walt Weiss.

He went 74-88 in his first season as manager, a 10-game improvement over the previous season.

Weiss, 49, came out of the high school coaching ranks last year on a one-year deal with the Rockies after Jim Tracy stepped down following a 64-98 season in 2012.

A former All-Star shortstop, Weiss spent 14 seasons in the major leagues, including four seasons with the Rockies in the 1990s. He also spent seven seasons, from 2002-08, as a special assistant to the general manager with the Rockies.


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