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

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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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