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Home Plate Umpire Forced To Leave Game After Taking A Fastball To The Face

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Being a home plate umpire is not without its risks. One of those is getting hit in the face with a baseball, which has got to hurt even with a mask on. Jerry Layne left tonight’s Blue Jays-Orioles game in the third inning after an Aaron Sanchez fastball caught him right on top of the mask.


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After bracing himself on Russell Martin, staggering around a bit, he left the game. Alan Porter took over for Layne.


This is the second time this season Layne has been forced out of a game. He took a foul tip to the jaw in June.


We’ll update this post if more information becomes available.

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