Only three umpires work Phillies-Mets finale

Only three umpires work Phillies-Mets finale
May 29, 2011, 6:17 pm
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Sunday, May 29, 2011
Posted: 2:17 p.m.

The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Only three umpires are working the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets because Wally Bell was not at the ballpark.

No reason was given for Bell's absence when the announcement was made a few minutes before the start of Sunday's game. Spokesmen for both the Phillies and Mets said they did not know why Bell was not at Citi Field.

Bell was supposed to be at first base for the series finale. Instead, Laz Diaz moved from second base to first and the game began with three umps on the field. Crew chief John Hirschbeck had the plate and Scott Barry was at third.

The 46-year-old Bell, a big league umpire since 1993, worked the 2006 World Series. He returned to the field after having open heart surgery in 1999.

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