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MLB umpire leaves hospital 2 days after taking 89 mph throw to head

ByTeam BB

Apr 15, 2023


MLB umpire Larry Vanover has been released from a hospital after spending a couple of nights there following a throw to his head.

In a game Wednesday, New York Yankees Catcher Kyle Higashioka launched a double off the center field wall that scored a run. Oswaldo Cabrera rounded out third, so the Guardians tried for a relay throw home.

Infielder Andres Gimenez’s throw hit Vanover in the head from close range.

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Umpire Larry Vanover is checked out by a trainer after getting hit by a thrown ball from Andres Gimenez of the Cleveland Guardians during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on April 12, 2023, in Cleveland. (Ron Schwane/Getty Images)

Vanover fell to the grass and stood up just a few seconds later. He walked off the field on his own alongside a trainer shortly after. The throw was clocked at 89 mph.

The 67-year-old will sit out until he is cleared by MLB’s medical staff.

While the ball ricocheted away from everyone, Cabrera came around to score, making it a two-run double. Gimenez was charged with a tough error.

Home plate umpire Larry Vanover calls a game between the Washington Nationals and the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park April 3, 2023, in Washington, DC

Home plate umpire Larry Vanover calls a game between the Washington Nationals and the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park April 3, 2023, in Washington, DC (G Fiume/Getty Images)

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Vanover had “a pretty good-sized knot,” fellow umpire Chris Guccione told The Athleticwhich also noted that Vanover was partially coherent and didn’t realize he was struck with a ball.

Aaron Boone, left, of the New York Yankees argues a review call with home plate umpires Chris Guccione, right, and Larry Vanover after being ejected from a game during the first inning at Progressive Field April 12, 2023, in Cleveland.

Aaron Boone, left, of the New York Yankees argues a review call with home plate umpires Chris Guccione, right, and Larry Vanover after being ejected from a game during the first inning at Progressive Field April 12, 2023, in Cleveland. (Ron Schwane/Getty Images)

The incident came shortly after Vanover ejected Aaron Boone in the first innings of the gamewhich the Yankees won, 4–3.

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Vanover has umped in the big leagues since 1991 and was the crew chief of the 2016 World Series, when cleveland fell to the Chicago Cubs in seven games. He’s umpired two All-Star Games and was recently a part of the 2023 World Baseball Classic crew.





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