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Leyland 'shocked' by news of ump Bell's passing

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DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland couldn't remember having a run-in with Wally Bell. He really didn't remember any specific game Bell umpired. But he remembered the personality.

That's why news of Bell's passing Monday at age 48 hit Leyland hard.

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DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland couldn't remember having a run-in with Wally Bell. He really didn't remember any specific game Bell umpired. But he remembered the personality.

That's why news of Bell's passing Monday at age 48 hit Leyland hard.

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"He did a lot of [my games], I'm sure, over the years, but I always had a great relationship with him," Leyland said. "I went out and talked to him a few times. We never had any history whatsoever, I mean nothing serious. I really liked him. He always gave a good effort and was a very good umpire, but he was a great guy.

"I just really liked Wally. He was from around Youngstown [Ohio]. Well, I'm not far from there in Pittsburgh. He was just a great guy. That just breaks your heart. I was just shocked."

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