Sunday, April 21, 2019

Tumpane, Hudson Weather Easter Eggs to Head

HP Umpires John Tumpane (Pittsburgh) and Marvin Hudson (Baltimore) absorbed foul balls to the mask Sunday, remaining in their respective games after brief medical attention. Tumpane's head-hit highlighted his recent adoption of the umpiring helmet, joining umpire Mike Estabrook as the first MLB full-timers to wear a protective vented base coach's helmet made of the thermoplastic polymer known as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) underneath the traditional-style facemask, in lieu of a fabric-based short-billed plate hat.

Tumpane's foul ball injury delay in Pittsburgh came during a Brandon Crawford at-bat against Richard Rodriguez in the top of the 6th inning of the Giants-Pirates game. Crawford fouled a first-pitch fastball into the center-jaw portion of Tumpane's mask, bringing Pirates training staff and chief Ted Barrett's crew to home plate to evaluate the plate umpire. Tumpane finished the game.

Hudson's foul ball injury delay in Baltimore came during a Nelson Cruz at-bat against Dylan Bundy in the top of the 4th inning of the Twins-Orioles game. Cruz fouled a 1-2 pitch into the center-jaw portion of Hudson's mask, similarly bringing out attention from the Orioles training staff and chief Gary Cederstrom's crew. Hudson also finished the game.

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Alternate Link: Tumpane and Hudson are struck by foul balls on Easter Sunday (PIT/BAL)


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