Umpire Narrowly Escapes Serious Harm
Umpire Narrowly Escapes Serious Harm, Jerry Layne is able to walk off the field after a broken bat catches him square in the jaw. It seems like every season there’s a two or three week stretch where broken bats and the dangers they create for players, umpires and fans, becomes the hot topic around baseball.
It looks like we’re entering that stretch right now, because just two days after Chicago Cubs pitcher Casey Coleman was struck by a shattered projectile sixty feet from home plate, umpire Jerry Layne, who was behind the plate to begin Minnesota’s 5-4 win in Cincinnati on Friday night, was struck in the jaw by the broken bat of Devin Mesoraco.
Amazingly, and thankfully, Layne was able to get to his feet and walk off the field under his own power. He was immediately taken to nearby Good Samaritan Hospital for X-Rays and tests for a possible concussion. That’s according to Major League Baseball’s director of umpires Randy Marsh, who happened to be at the Great American Ball Park when the incident happened.
Marsh also noted that Layne was not wearing the optional hockey-goalie style mask, which could have protected him from taking such a solid, clean shot. A shot he had absolutely no time to react to or protect himself from.