Saturday, April 13, 2019

Knocked Down by Pitch, Hamari Stays to Call Play

After a wild pitch knocked HP Umpire Adam Hamari to the ground in Seattle, the hobbled Hammer stuck around to observe a play at the plate, ruling the runner safe at home using his non-injured arm.

With none out and Mariners baserunner Dee Gordon on second base, Astros pitcher Brad Peacock threw a 92.6-mph fastball that eluded both batter Mallex Smith's bat as well as catcher Robinson Chirinos' mitt, directly striking Hamari's left shoulder for an uncaught third strike and wild pitch that enabled batter-runner Smith to advance to first base and baserunner R2 Gordon to advance to third.

But the speedy Gordon didn't stop there, sliding into home plate as Hamari staggered into position and delivered a one-handed "safe" call as crewmates Jordan Baker (U1), Todd Tichenor (U2), and Phil Cuzzi (U3) ran in from the field to check on their injured colleague.

After medical attention, Hamari remained in the game, having exemplified Rule 8's General Instruction: "Keep your eye everlastingly on the ball while it is in play."

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Alternate Link: Hurting HP Umpire Hamari Hangs Around to Call Runner Safe (SEA)


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