A Major League Baseball umpire had a very scary moment while working behind the plate during Tuesday’s game between the Dodgers and Angels. Angels star outfielder Mike Trout was in the batter’s box during the 9th inning. As Trout tried to bring the Angels back from a 2-0 deficit, his mighty swing completely shattered his bat.
A large piece of wood splintered off after the swing. Home plate umpire Nate Tomlinson was struck in the face. He was inches away from losing an eye.
Mike Trout looked on in stunned disbelief at what happened. He had a look of concern on his face as he checked to see if the umpire was OK. Tomlinson jerked backward immediately to avoid contact, but could not do so completely.
Tomlinson left the game to receive treatment for his injury. The umpire was bloodied as he walked off the field. Things could have been much worse.
Second base umpire Laz Diaz filled in for the final outs of the game. Nate Tomlinson does not appear to have suffered any serious injuries. Watching the replay, he is incredibly fortunate.
The Angels weren’t able to get the job done in the Battle of Los Angeles. The Dodgers held on to their 2-0 lead to win the game. The real winner was Nate Tomlinson, who somehow walked out with his eyes still in tact.
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