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Umpire Paul Emmel hit in the head with a bat requiring stitches


An ugly scene in Oakland during the Angels-A’s game last night as home plate umpire Paul Emmel was knocked in the head with a bat.

It happened in the ninth inning when Angels batter Jefry Marte lost his grip on his bat and it flew back and struck Emmel. Emmel immediately collapsed to the ground, his mask flying off and a nasty gash to the top of his head being revealed. Emmel left the game and was taken to a hospital where, thankfully, it was revealed that he was alert, did not lose consciousness and that he was otherwise OK apart from the gash. He needed stitches but it could’ve been way worse.

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Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.