Cooper worked the plate in the final game of Cal Ripken Jr.’s career. “This is a very sad day across Major League Baseball,” Manfred said in a statement. “Eric Cooper was a highly respected umpire, a hard worker on the field and a popular member of our staff..Eric Richard Cooper was born on , andd on . He hasd at the age of . He worked throughout Major League Baseball from through his following the season..Obituaries MLB Umpire Eric Cooper Hasd, See Cause of. Friends and families are paying tributes on social media to Beloved Eric Cooper, the Major League Baseball umpire who worked the AL Division Series two weeks ago..Eric Cooper passed away on at the age of . Funeral Home Services for Eric are being provided by Iles Funeral Home Westover Chapel. The obituary was featured in Legacy on , and the Des Moines Register on ..