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

Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 30: Crew chief Wally Bell #35 looks on during the 5th inning of the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals on July 30, 2010 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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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.