NEW YORK (AP) — Only three umpires worked the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets on Sunday 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 the game. Spokesmen for both the Phillies and Mets said they did not know why Bell was not at Citi Field.READ MORE: Detours Along Kelly Drive Through Sunday For Stotesbury, Manny Flick Regattas
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.READ MORE: 5 People Shot Near Temple University, Philadelphia Police Say
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.MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro Charges 2 Bucks County Care Home Managers For Failing To Report Sexual Abuse
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