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Mark Buehrle's Favorite Umpire

It turns out there was more mojo working behind Mark Buehrle's perfect game than many of us realized. And in this case, the phrase "working behind" is particularly applicable.

According to this article in today's Chicago Sun-Times, the home plate umpire during Buehrle's perfect game yesterday, Eric Cooper, happens to be the same home plate ump who worked Buehrle's first no-hitter, against the Rangers in 2007. If the odds of that happening aren't astronomically small enough for you, try this out: Cooper was also the man behind the plate during Buehrle's other one other shutout in the past four years besides the no-hitters, a 2005 victory against the Dodgers. All three games were at home.

It turns out that Cooper just seems to have luck with no-hitters, having called three of them after Buehrle's gem on Thursday. His first was Hideo Nomo's no-no for the Red Sox in 2001, then Buehrle's two. That's three no-hitters in nine years. Only one other active umpire has called multiple no-hitters -- Tim Tschida -- and his were separated by 17 seasons (Nolan Ryan in 1991, Carlos Zambrano in 2008).

Evidently Buehrle just needs to pull some strings to get Cooper behind the plate for more of his games, huh?

By Cameron Smith  |  July 24, 2009; 12:42 PM ET
Categories:  White Sox  | Tags: Mark Buehrle, White Sox, no hitter, no-hitter, perfect game  
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He needs to buy Cooper a Rolex.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 24, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

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