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Saturday, July 04, 2020

Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka hit in head by Giancarlo Stanton line drive

Just minutes after the Yankees opened spring training 2.0 Saturday in The Bronx, Masahiro Tanaka suffered a frightening injury when he took a line drive to the right side of his head off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton.

Tanaka immediately fell on the mound and action stopped as trainers rushed to check on him. He stayed down for approximately five minutes before sitting up. He was helped to his feet and walked off the field with the assistance of two trainers.

The Yankees later announced that Tanaka was “alert, responsive and walking under his own power.” He is being sent to NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation and testing.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 04, 2020 at 05:53 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 04, 2020 at 08:24 PM (#5961070)
I *told* you re-starting baseball was dangerous! Stop playing baseball NOW!
   2. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 04, 2020 at 08:51 PM (#5961079)
was it fractionally worth it?
   3. John Northey Posted: July 04, 2020 at 09:10 PM (#5961084)
A reminder of why those pitchers helmets will come into play at some point. So silly that they aren't used yet in the majors or minors to any significant degree. Anytime I've stood on a mound (my 50 mph fastball kept me off it mostly...although people thought I was throwing a knuckleball) I've been a bit afraid and I've scared more than one with line drives right back at them. Hit left handed for a bit to avoid doing that as in high school I just couldn't stop it for a bit. Finally starting hitting the other way so to cut it down.
   4. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 04, 2020 at 09:42 PM (#5961091)
"Masa had concussion-like symptoms that have since dissipated. He went through a battery of tests at the hospital; everything checked out well," said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. "He had a CT scan and it's negative. He's still there; they're going to keep them for a couple more hours just to be safe, but we expect him to be released this evening. I would say right now he's doing well."

After Boone addressed the media at the end of the workout, the Yankees released a statement that said Tanaka had been released from the hospital.


Thank god for that.
   5. flournoy Posted: July 04, 2020 at 10:51 PM (#5961097)
Hit left handed for a bit to avoid doing that as in high school I just couldn't stop it for a bit. Finally starting hitting the other way so to cut it down.


You seriously switched handedness and then further altered your approach all to avoid hitting line drive come-backers?
   6. Egregious Hidden Genitals (CoB). Posted: July 04, 2020 at 10:56 PM (#5961100)
You seriously switched handedness and then further altered your approach all to avoid hitting line drive come-backers?


I won't bat left handed in non league softball games for the same reason.
   7. The Duke Posted: July 05, 2020 at 07:26 AM (#5961131)
Don’t get Bruce Banner mad. He’ll turn green and hit monstrous line drives up the middle.
   8. asinwreck Posted: July 05, 2020 at 11:41 AM (#5961146)
At least things are business as pre-pandemic usual at Yankee Stadium.
   9. Ron J Posted: July 05, 2020 at 11:57 AM (#5961151)
#8 Can't be. Judge didn't get hurt on the play.
   10. A triple short of the cycle Posted: July 05, 2020 at 07:59 PM (#5961219)
I pitched in S.F. co-ed softball and when some guys came, up with good bat, it was scary as f*ck. Especially if the pitch was away where they would try to drive it to center/right field. I would lob the pitch and hop a couple of steps back while it was on the way, just to give me a bit more time.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: July 06, 2020 at 12:51 AM (#5961232)
#10 ... as did our pitcher who back-pedalled quite quickly. (In fact I'm not sure it wasn't his front foot "on the rubber." Still he finally gave it up after he decided his reflexes were just too slow now (it was the over-40 league). And it's of course not just the threat of a serious head injury, it's the bruised shins, etc. He was definitely our best pitcher but nobody blamed him.

There was also one pretty dangerous season when a couple of competitive teams (i.e. they played weekend state tourneys etc.) joined our rec league to get in some extra practice. Those guys hit some rockets. The parks folks made some changes to league eligibility rules after that.
   12. Egregious Hidden Genitals (CoB). Posted: July 06, 2020 at 02:03 AM (#5961235)
it's the bruised shins, etc.


The guy who pitched for the coed team I played on used to wear nearly a full set of catcher's gear on the mound. Can't say I blamed him, regardless of how goofy it looked.
   13. John Northey Posted: July 06, 2020 at 03:07 AM (#5961239)
I never had much talent, but those line drives were mean and it was just fun games, not a league or anything. I got a ton of hits left handed though - none went more than 10 feet but the catcher had no arm or accuracy so I got to first all the time. In the final game that year I went back to right handed and nearly took the pitchers head off and was out as he caught it. When I did real baseball a few years later I was always going the other way and hit 400 which was nice. They even let me pitch with that 50 mph "fastball" and I got a couple outs before they figured out it wasn't a knuckleball and started lining it everywhere. Really gotta find a league again someday. Either baseball or hockey (at least I can skate well which is half the battle in that sport). Of course, first COVID vaccine is needed.
   14. Greg K Posted: July 06, 2020 at 07:21 AM (#5961242)
For a while there in softball I would exclusively pull the ball down the line to avoid the possibility of hitting the pitcher. But that got boring so one year I focused on going the other way and hitting down the other line.

The one that still gets me is when they give you the right-centre gap. No matter how many times I try to hit it directly over the second baseman's head, it always ends up back at the pitcher's face. I have to force myself to resist the temptation.
   15. villageidiom Posted: July 06, 2020 at 10:03 AM (#5961257)
For a while there in softball I would exclusively pull the ball down the line to avoid the possibility of hitting the pitcher. But that got boring so one year I focused on going the other way and hitting down the other line.
I'm pretty sure you're the one who hit the line drive at my head at 3B at Primer softball a while back, a hit that actually broke the laces on the webbing on my glove. I barely had enough time to react at 3B; I can't imagine what it would have been like had I been as close as the pitcher.
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: July 06, 2020 at 11:08 AM (#5961267)
BITD I played in a co-ed softball game where the pitcher was a U.S. Senator, so I figured I needed to avoid hitting one up the middle.

as a lefty bat, instead I hit an absolute rocket at the 2B - Bianca Jagger (Mick's ex). the ball hit the top of her cleats so hard that it flew far enough up into the air that I got two bases out of it.

turns out that what merely looked like fashionable cleats had some sort of a reinforcement that sent the ball to high heaven but also prevented injury.

(btw, Bianca and Tiger Woods' ex Elin are among famous and semi-famous women who, in person, look ridiculously tiny/slender.)
   17. depletion Posted: July 07, 2020 at 12:22 PM (#5961474)
Depends on who the Senator was.

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