Angels Batting Coach Don Baylor Breaks His Femur Catching Ceremonial First Pitch (Video)

don baylor breaks femur during ceremonial first pitch

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have fired their hitting coach in each of their last two seasons as Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton—their high-priced free agent acquisitions—struggled at the plate. For that reason, Don Baylor, the Angels’ latest hitting coach, was really hoping for a great start to the 2014 season.

Sadly, it really could not have gone any worse. Oh, the Halo’s got off to a decent start at the plate, scoring three runs in the first three innings against the great Felix Hernandez. But on a personal level, Baylor’s debut sucked.

You see, yesterday the Angels gave Baylor a symbolic welcome to the organization by tapping him to receive the ceremonial first pitch from Vladimir Guerrero at their home opener. However, while crouching down to make the catch, Baylor’s right leg buckled beneath him. At first Vlad went over to help him up off the ground under the assumption that it was nothing serious. However, after Baylor tried and failed to put weight on his leg, it became clear that something really was wrong.

Turns out the poor guy fractured his femur. He’ll be having surgery today.

Take a look:

Do they have a disabled list for coaches?

Hat Tip – [CBS Sports]

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