One of the scariest things that can happen in the MLB, and sometimes it does, is for a player to get hit the face by a baseball.
In this case, it was an 88 mph fastball thrown 60′ 6″ away.
The Miami Marlins were in town for a four game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Thursday (Sept. 11), in the top of the fifth inning, Giancarlo Stanton was up-to-bat facing Mike Fiers. On the second pitch Fiers was trying to throw inside to Stanton, but the ball got away and struck Stanton just below his left eye. Stanton dropped to the ground immediately.
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Stanton suffered a facial laceration, facial fractures, and dental damage.
Stanton was so badly injured that he was driven off the field in an ambulance and taken directly to the hospital. His father was at the game and rode along with him.
After the game Friers, who was still shaken by the incident, said:
“I just want to send my thoughts and prayers to Giancarlo Stanton. You never think of throwing at somebody like that. Never in my life has that happened. I just feel very, very sad that I hit him. I’m sorry to [his] teammates, their fans, his family. It’s just tough.”
Leading the majors with 105 RBIs and the National League with 37 home runs, Stanton was a favorite to win the NL MVP.
The baseball season will be over before Stanton has fully recovered.