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

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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.