Friday, July 21, 2017

Injury Scout - Randazzo Buzzed by Batted Ball

Tony Randazzo's hat received a line drive's glancing blow while umpiring first base in Seattle.

1B Umpire Randazzo jumps out of the way.
With none out and none on in the top of the 5th inning of Thursday's Yankees-Mariners game, Yankees batter Didi Gregorius hit a foul ball down the right field line, where it made contact with Randazzo's head and dislodged his chapeau as he ducked out of the way.

Replays indicate the ball hit the top of Randazzo's hat and head before continuing into foul territory along the right field short wall. Randazzo remained in the game following the play.

Relevant Injury History: Though Randazzo fortuitously escaped more than a skimming baseball to the top of his cap, he previously left a game on May 12, 2017 as the result of a direct shot-pitched ball injury as the plate umpire. Randazzo was absent from the field for 28 days following the injury.

Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Randazzo averts disaster while ducking for cover at Safeco Field (SEA)


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