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Umpire Wally Bell a no-show for yesterday’s Mets-Phillies game

May 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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It’s not terribly uncommon for a game to be called by three umpires if one of the crew takes ill or gets injured or something.  But yesterday’s Mets-Phillies game was worked by a three-man crew because one of them — Wally Bell — didn’t show for the game.

Though one has to assume that it wasn’t just a blind no-show, no explanation was given for Bell’s absence.  Here’s hoping that he’s OK. He had open heart surgery in 1999 and he’s not a small man, so part of me worries.

  1. halladaysbicepts - May 30, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Rumor has it that he was spotted out with Fat Joe Blanton the night before at an overnight all you can eat buffet.

    • ditto65 - May 30, 2011 at 11:35 AM

      Now “bicepts” thinks he is funny, too.

      • jimbo1949 - May 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM


      • ditto65 - May 30, 2011 at 11:50 AM

        Yeah, should have quoted “thinks” there. Thanks for correcting :-)

      • jjschiller - May 30, 2011 at 5:38 PM


    • aceshigh11 - May 30, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      26 thumbs down? Man, Halladays…you just can’t win around here.

      • halladaysbicepts - May 30, 2011 at 12:28 PM

        Everyone is jealous of my knowledge and wit on this board. I stand back and dish it back as I see fit.

      • professor59 - May 30, 2011 at 1:37 PM

        When does this “knowledge and wit” begin? So far it’s all been self-aggrandizement and overt trolling.

      • paperlions - May 30, 2011 at 2:15 PM

        I disagree, nothing disingenuous in his comments, he really does call it like he sees it. He may be a “natural” troll, but I don’t think he trolls on purpose.

  2. deathmonkey41 - May 30, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Not that there’s any proof that this is a health-related absence, but how many umps are “Small Men”? I know life on the road would lend towards eating a lot of fast food, but most of these guys look like they’re one cardiovascular exercise away from keeling over. MLB should probably try to initiate some kind of conditioning program for these porkers before another one croaks on the field. And they should also think about getting Joe West a chin implant- that gullet is disturbing to look at.

    • thomas2727 - May 31, 2011 at 12:10 AM

      If John McSherry dropping dead on the field on opening day would not do it nothing will.

    • birdman6824 - May 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM

      Probably a lot of fast food early in their careers, –

      Before reaching the majors, all umpires spend an average of 10 to 12 years calling games in the minors. An umpire’s salary in the minors ranges from $1,800 to $3,400 per month, with no benefits, and they have to stay in extremely economical hotels when on the road.

      Read more: Major League Umpire Salaries |

      but not necessarily now

      The salary for a full-time, MLB umpire ranges from $120,000 as a rookie to about $350,000 for the most experienced umpires. Based on their 162-game schedules, the most experienced umpires average $2,160 per game in salary compensation.

      Major League umpires receive full health benefits, as well as per diem for first-class air travel, hotels and meals.
      Major League umpires receive a per-diem allowance of $340, but that covers all items — hotel, rental car, meals, tips, telephone, etc. (

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