When the Los Angeles Angels were going to honor their former player Vladimir Guerrero, and the guy that came out to catch the ceremonial first pitch was another Angels legend, Don Baylor. Baylor is the hitting coach of the Angels, and alongside Guerrero, he’s only one of two AL MVPs in Angels history. Unfortunately, Guerrero isn’t a pitcher, and Baylor wasn’t a catcher, and the exchanged ended in a horrible accident. Angels hitting coach Don Baylor broke his leg fielding a ceremonial first pitch from Vlad Guerrero. Here’s the video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNP6P24w3iw
It doesn’t look like much, but Baylor had to be helped off the field and will need surgery to repair his broken femur. Baylor is a survivor of multiple myeloma, which is a cancer that is known to weaken bones. Hence Baylor, the man who is expected to put the home-run pop into the Angels’ potent hitting line-up, had a leg pop on him as he shifted his weight awkwardly.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Don right now,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. “Obviously it’s a freak (injury). We’ll see how it turns out.”
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