Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton had his season come to an end in horrific fashion last September when he suffered facial fractures and dental damage on a hit-by-pitch, so of course he got hit in the hip by a pitch from teammate Henderson Alvarez during an intrasquad game today.
Here’s a look at the scene below, via Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Yes, Stanton is fine. It was going to happen sooner or later, so perhaps it’s better that he got it out of the way now. Prospect catcher J.T. Realmuto might have put it best when he later told Rodriguez that “the baseball might have been hurt more than him.” This minor scare is noteworthy given how Stanton’s season ended, but he said he’s 100 percent past it.
“Feels good,” Stanton said, afterward. “No thoughts, 100 percent fine. Didn’t have one thought about it.”
Stanton faced live pitching Thursday for the first time since the injury and tested out his new special helmet for the first time today.
The men in blue. Although it often looks black, yes? They still wear blue sometimes though so it probably doesn’t matter. Let’s just call ’em the baseball cops and not worry too much about what they’re wearing.
Here are the baseball cops for the 2019 World Series: Alan Porter, Doug Eddings, Gary Cederstrom, James Hoye,
Lance Barksdale, Sam Holbrook, and Jim Wolf.
Cederstrom is the Crew Chief and will have second base in tonight’s Game 1, after which they rotate as they always do.
Wolf will serve as the Replay Official for Games One and Two, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Porter, the home plate umpire for Game One, will shift to Replay Official duties from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. The Replay Assistant throughout the Fall Classic will be regular season crew chief Jerry Meals.
The umpires will wear a uniform patch in memory of umpire Eric Cooper, who passed away over the weekend. The patch will say “Coop.”