Umpire Jerry Layne Hit In Head With Broken Bat (Video)

umpire hit in head by broken batHas it seemed to you like there are a lot more broken bats in baseball lately?

Well, you’re not crazy. These days, the majority of players have ditched old-fashioned ash bats in favor of lighter maple bats. Unfortunately, whereas the former were practically indestructible, the latter will shatter into a hundred pieces if you look at them funny.

This has resulted in some rather bizarre incidents in recent years—most notably, a camera lens being shattered at Yankee Stadium, and a Cubs player being impaled.

All of this has gotten baseball people wondering if something needs to be done before somebody gets seriously injured. And a scary moment at a game between the Reds and Twins on Friday night in Cincinnati will likely add fuel to this fire.

With no outs and nobody on in the bottom of the 4th inning, a pitch from the Twins’ Nick Blackburn got in on the hands of Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco. When the ball made contact with Mesoraco’s bat, it broke the flimsy maple twig, causing the barrel to fly backwards and hit home plate umpire Jerry Layne in the side of the head.

Here’s the video:

Layne was able to get up on his feet after a few minutes and walk off the field on his own, but he was forced to leave the game on Friday night. Tests did not show any serious damage, which is great news, but he was sidelined for the remainder of the weekend series.

And you thought only players went on the disabled list.

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