Umpire Paul Emmel Has Head Cracked Open By Bat (Video)
A scary incident unfolded during the ninth inning of last night’s game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland A’s, as home plate umpire Paul Emmel suffered a nasty gash over his head when he was struck by the bat of Angels pinch hitter Jefry Marte.
The bat appeared to slip out of Marte’s hands during his follow-through on a swinging strike, hitting Emmel in the head and dropping him to his knees in pain.
Thankfully, Emmel was fully alert and able to leave the field under his own power. He was attended to by the Angels’ training staff before being taken to the hospital for stitches.
Here’s a look at the play: