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Umpire Mike Everitt was knocked out of a game by a warmup pitch

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Home plate umpire Mike Everitt left last night’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Colorado Rockies in the middle of the first inning after being hit by a warmup pitch from Tigers starter Michael Fulmer.

One of Fulmer’s pitches got past Tigers catcher James McCann and hit Everitt in the what appeared to be the groin area, as you can see here just before impact:

He doubled over on the field and was attended to by a Rockies trainer. He seemed to be generally OK and in good spirits as he left the game, so here’s hoping it wasn’t too serious.

The rest of the game was played with three umpires, as Tom Woodring moved from second base to home plate and the other two handled it minor league style.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.