Horrifying Scene: Marlins Slugger Giancarlo Stanton Hit in the Face by Pitch (Video)

Giancarlo Stanton Hit in the Face

Giancarlo Stanton is just 24 years old. However, he is already a superstar with 154 career home runs. So the last thing the Miami Marlins wanted to see was the future of their franchise (until they trade him in a fire sale) hit in the face by a pitch.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened last night in Milwaukee. In the top of the fifth, Stanton came to the plate with runners on first and third. However, rather than smash a 475-foot home run and cutting the Brewers’ lead to 4-3, Giancarlo took an 88-mph Mike Friers fastball square on his left cheek, just below the eye.

Stanton then crumpled to the ground and remained there for 10 minutes while medical workers loaded him onto a stretcher and into an ambulance. He was taken to a local hospital, where x-rays and a CT scan revealed facial fractures and dental damage. The exact prognosis is still unknown, but his season is definitely over.

If you don’t mind cringing, take a look at the video:

When play resumed, the umpire correctly ruled that Stanton swung at the pitch, so Reed Johnson took Stanton’s place at the plate with an 0-2 count. Then, amazingly, Friers hit him on the hand with the first pitch, which caused the benches to clear.

However, Friers obviously didn’t hit either player on purpose. In fact, hitting Johnson was most likely the result of Friers being shaken up after seeing what happened to Stanton.

After the game he went on Twitter and offered his heartfelt apology:

Unfortunately, no apology is going to save Stanton’s season. He finished with 37 home runs, 105 runs batted in, and a .555 slugging percentage—all National League highs.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]

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