MLB Umpire Hospitalized After Being Hit in the Head by a Relay Throw

Although MLB umpires do their best to stay out of the way of plays as they unfold, there is always the chance they could physically make an impact. You just hope that if it happens, nobody gets hurt.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case today for long-time MLB umpire Larry Vanover, who was accidentally hit in the head by a relay throw during the Guardians-Yankees game:

https://twitter.com/BarnHasSpoken2/status/1646218407564410889

Although Vanover got up on the play, he was later sent to the hospital for testing, per the NY Post:

Per the Post:

Vanover, 67, was sent to the Cleveland Clinic to be evaluated for a concussion.

“They’re doing a CAT scan. He’s got a pretty good-sized knot on his left side … above his ear,” umpire Chris Guccione told a pool reporter about Vanover’s condition.

“They’re going to do a concussion test and it sounded like he was coherent and that he knew kind of what was going on. But he did have that glazed look on him. He’s going to be at the hospital for the rest of the night maybe. I’m glad he was able to walk (and that) he was able to get to the hospital. That was scary. Very hard to focus after that after you see a colleague get hit.”

Hopefully Vanover will be OK, under doctor’s care, and with some time to recover. Scary situation.

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