What to Do After a J.A. Happ-like Accident

J.A. Happ got hit in the head by a line-drive comebacker. When the same thing happened to Doug Fister, he got lucky; when the same thing happened to Brandon McCarthy, he also got lucky, if you understand that “luck” can go both ways, like “accelerate.” Happ is fortunate in that he seems to be doing well, but the scene at the time was terrifying, with Happ on the ground and blood on his face. It was the kind of incident that makes you wonder if we’re going to see a player die, and it’s sparked back up the familiar debate regarding pitcher protection. This post isn’t about that, because there’s nothing new to be said. (It would be nice.) (Reality hasn’t yet matched up with the theory, in that no one’s yet invented anything worthwhile.)

This post is about the result of the play. Desmond Jennings was the player who drilled the line drive, and he wound up standing on third base with a two-run triple. A screenshot taken moments after ball-head impact:

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When a pitcher gets hit in the head, there’s not a lot of mystery. Everybody knows what happened, maybe except for the pitcher, but here, with Happ on the ground, the play continued for several more seconds. Only then could Happ be attended to, and only then could he be surrounded by his rightfully concerned teammates. The Rays got three bases out of it, although for whatever it’s worth they would ultimately lose. This is the way it’s always been, to my knowledge — a serious injury doesn’t mean a dead ball. A completed play means a dead ball.

Seems to me there’s an argument for stopping the action right away. We can acknowledge right off the bat that there’s no perfect solution, and we’re going to have to rely on subjective judgment. But such circumstances seem sufficiently extreme to warrant an immediate dead-ball situation. Both for the sake of getting the injured player treatment as quickly as possible, and for the sake of not having the other players carry out a play during which they’re certainly distracted. Wrote Shi Davidi:

Bautista, first baseman Edwin Encarnacion and catcher J.P. Arencibia were among the players who had to fight the urge to run right towards Happ because the play was still alive, with Encarnacion having to retrieve the ball after it ricocheted into foul territory toward right field.

Gibbons and trainer George Poulis both jumped out of the dugout but had to pause until two runners scored and Jennings reached third base.

Definitely, these situations are infrequent. Definitely, if an umpire were to call the ball dead, he’d have to decide where to put the baserunner(s), and that would get messy and protestable, because that would be guesswork. Jennings wound up with a triple, but when Erick Aybar hit McCarthy, he was still thrown out at first base. When Ian Desmond hit Juan Nicasio, he wound up with a single. When Vladimir Guerrero hit Rafael Soriano, he wound up with a single. When Ryan Thompson hit Bryce Florie, he was still out. We’re talking about a matter of a few seconds, and we’re talking about varying results. But when players get injured like this, the game itself ceases to really matter, and it just doesn’t sit right to have play continue while a pitcher is bleeding out of the side of his head, with the trainer having to wait.

The easy solution would be to award a base, and to have the pitcher removed. Mostly, pitchers are hit by line-drive comebackers, and those are otherwise automatic singles. But this doesn’t only have to apply to pitchers getting hit. The ball could be ruled dead whenever any player seems to get seriously injured, with the other most obvious case being that of two defensive players colliding. When outfielders get injured, inside-the-park home runs can result, simply because the hurt outfielder can’t get back to his feet. It’s all very subjective, and a lot of people want to reduce the amount of subjectivity in baseball, but there is precedent for this in another sport. We visit the NHL official rule book:

When a player is injured so that he cannot continue play or go to his bench, the play shall not be stopped until the injured player’s team has secured possession of the puck. If the player’s team is in possession of the puck at the time of injury, play shall be stopped immediately unless his team is in a scoring position.

In the case where it is obvious that a player has sustained a serious injury, the Referee and/or Linesman may stop the play immediately.

Granted, in hockey, there’s a lot more bleeding, so it’s more important to get injured players looked at and treated as fast as possible. That’s one of the side effects of playing a sport on shoes with knives on them. But injuries in baseball can be extremely serious, and this seems like the sort of rule that could be introduced without much disagreement. If a player’s obviously hurt, the game should stop, and the umpire should decide what to do with the baserunner(s). Umpires already have to make judgment calls when balls in play bounce over the fence. It could be mandated that the injured player be removed, so as to discourage any opportunistic acting. Maybe there could be two separate, related rules — the play could be dead immediately upon an obviously serious injury, and in the event of something less obvious, the play could be dead as soon as the defensive team retrieves the baseball. When a player’s badly hurt, after all, the priority isn’t the game. It’s getting a medical professional to look at the player.

It isn’t perfect, and these things happen so infrequently that I can’t pretend there’s any sense of urgency. If you watch one team all season, you might see only one occasion, or even possibly zero. But on Tuesday, J.A. Happ got hit in the head by a line drive, and the trainer had to wait to look at him until the play was finished and the Rays had two runs. As imperfect as this solution would be, yesterday’s reality doesn’t make any sense.




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  1. The one thing that should come out of this is for trainers to be able to run out if a player is seriously injured even if play is still going on.

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    • philosofool says:

      Yep. No need to have players involved at all. If the trainer interferes, interference can be called by the umpires, but since the trainer would not normally need to interfere, this would very, very rarely be an issue.

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      • tz says:

        Better yet, have an automatic dead-ball when a batted ball hits the pitcher in the head (batter gets first, all runners move one base). Also allow umpires to call a dead ball on other injury situations, and use their discretion to award bases that would have been expected had play continued.

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      • That Guy says:

        This is absolutely a fantastic idea. I honestly can’t imagine the trainer actually interfering with the play in any such instance. We’re basically talking about running to the mound, where once a pitch is made, no plays are made, and the outfield where unless the players are unlikely to be anywhere near the ball once they collide…

        I like this sooooo much better than stopping play because of the umpire’s arbitrary decision regarding how injured a player may potentially be. For some reason I was never a fan of the NFL in the days that defensive players could claim an injury to stop a clock at the end of games.

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    • Matt Hunter says:

      What would have happened if the trainer had run out anyway? What’s the ruling on that?

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      • Casey_T says:

        I would think he could be ejected and/or fined but show me anyone who would have the gall to do that. They need to allow them to get to the injured player in this circumstance immediately.

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        • Bad Bill says:

          Joe West. Can’t have the attention focused on a trainer rather than an umpire, after all.

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    • dt says:

      Happens in rugby, why not baseball?

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  2. phys says:

    (5.10) The umpire-inchief shall call ?Time? — (c) When an accident incapacitates a player or an umpire;

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    • planter says:

      Keep reading, (5.10(h)) says:

      h) Except in the cases stated in paragraphs (b) and (c)(1) of this rule, no umpire shall
      call “Time” while a play is in progress.

      And (c)(1) says it only applies when a runner is incapacitated during a home run or the like.

      And so an umpire is technically not permitted to call time in this case.

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      • Benjamin Aube says:

        You’re wrong. And what you posted supports the opposite of what you’re saying.

        The guy you replied to was perfectly right. “Except in the cases stated in paragraphs (b) and (c)(1) of this rule” means that “(b) When light failure makes it difficult or impossible for the umpires to follow the play OR (c) When an accident incapacitates a player or an umpire” the ONLY times when an umpire can stop the play.

        Whoever was working the game made a pretty big mistake. Thankfully, Happ is fine. The umpire is lucky, because I don’t want to know what would have happened if those extra few seconds would have been the difference between life and death.

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        • maximillion says:

          No, you are wrong.

          The rules say an umpire shall never call time during a play in progress, except in the cases stated in PARAGRAPHS (b) or (c)(1).

          The preamble in part (c) is not part of the paragraph (c)(1). The exception in that case starts with

          “(1) If an accident to a runner…”

          and has nothing to do with

          “(c) When an accident incapacitates a player or an umpire….”

          That is the proper way to interpret the rule.

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  3. planter says:

    I feel for Happ, and of course avoiding serious injury should be the primary concern.

    But I think a new rule would not have any affect. The play only went on for 10 seconds after Happ was hit (and this was almost as long as it could have gone on), and the trainer had to pause at the foul line for less than 5 seconds. The real doctors and paramedics arrive later, so they weren’t delayed at all. To be honest, 5 extra seconds of a team trainer with his towel isn’t going to save Happ any additional injury.

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    • Jason H says:

      Agreed. Does any team have actual doctors as trainers? …the can of cold spray and the tea towel aren’t particularly useful in any serious emergency, and delaying their arrival the time it takes for Desmond Jennings to leg out a triple isn’t going to change much.

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      • Jason H says:

        …of course, paramedics aren’t doctors, but are probably better equipped to stabilize a patient than are MDs not accustomed to such trauma. Perhaps the trainers are actually pretty well trained to deal with life threatening emergencies.

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        • not exactly... says:

          Me, I’ll take the person with 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 3-7 years of residency working 80+ hours per week over somebody with a six month program in which almost anybody with a pulse can complete.

          Maybe the only doctor I wouldn’t trust is a diagnostic radiologist or pathologist that hasn’t touched a patient in 30 years. But the vast majority have the BLS and ACLS algorithms relatively fresh in their heads.

          Source: I’m in medicine.

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        • Jason H says:

          Are you an MD, out of curiousity?

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        • ed says:

          I’m also in medicine, and I’d generally prefer the MD, but the vast majority of an MD’s training is unrelated to trauma, whereas the paramedics is almost solely devoted to it, and they deal with trauma on a daily basis. I’d guess that outside a hospital setting, there’s only a slight difference in quality of care between the two.

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        • Ben says:

          I’d take the paramedic. Those four years of college and then the residency are great, but they don’t train you for this particular skill. If your toilet breaks, do you call a plumber or an engineer specializing in hydraulics?

          Once had an allergic reaction to a bee sting and went into shock at a camp. The doctor on site tried to give me an IV but missed my vein twice. The volunteer EMT who was there grabbed the last needle, looked me in the eye and said “I won’t miss,” and had the Benadryl flowing a couple seconds later.

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        • Bill says:

          I’d take the paramedic who’s entire focus is stabilizing individuals who have suffered trauma. Maybe I’ve had bad luck with doctors, but nearly every other one I’ve dealt with seems incapable of thinking beyond what pill he can push to mask my symptoms. I think most doctors could be replaced by a nurse that enters symptoms into a Watson-like computer that then spits out my likely malady and recommends the proper treatment. I would never have to wait for the computer to wrap up it’s golf game while I’m waiting in the lobby.

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        • joser says:

          Since we’re trading anecdotes — I was cycling with a buddy in a local race. There was a fairly large pileup on a corner at the bottom of a hill (lot of newbie / weekend racers) and four of them were pretty badly injured (one turned out to have a punctured lung). We saw the accident from the top of the hill and by the time we got to the bottom there several other riders helping, including one guy who announced he was a doctor. My buddy, who works pretty much exclusively in ERs around the city, didn’t recognize him so he asked him his specialty. “I’m a psychiatrist,” he said; my buddy replied “I’m a trauma doc.” The guy threw up his hands and said “Your scene”

          The EMTs were amused that my buddy was on the scene before they were, for once. Normally I’d take the EMTs over any random doc — and so would my friend — but not in this case (I don’t think any of the injured realized what good luck they had crashing ahead of my friend rather than a hill or two behind… especially since he’s a very fast cyclist.)

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    • joser says:

      We don’t actually know that. Sudden impacts can stop a heart — and lest you think this doesn’t happen in baseball, it does. We just haven’t had a Mike Coolbaugh-like case in the majors or higher minors yet. Five seconds may be the difference between applying CPR in time to save a life, or to prevent brain damage. None of that was required in this case, but it might be in the next.

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      • planter says:

        I like that link, it’s crazy how high the fatality rate is when that happens.

        But either way, the injured player is getting looked at within 10 seconds of being hit. I’m not an expert, but my point is that the odds of resuscitation when CPR is started 5 seconds after injury is the same as when CPR is started 10 seconds after injury.

        I’m sure you can be a few seconds too late for CPR to be effective, but I would guess that would occur later on after the brain has had a longer period without oxygen.

        All that being said, I have no problem with letting a trainer run on the field during the play like the first guy said, I think that’s a better idea.

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    • Jaker says:

      Incredibly short-sighted. A few seconds can be the difference between life and death. It’s rare but it’s fact. Beyond that, not stopping the play can also result in additional injury. What if a short stop took one off the face and dropped on the base paths? Other players are distracted and no longer focusing on the play.

      Immediately stopping the game will have almost no impact on the game since the hit is almost always a single. Award each offensive player a base. NHL has been doing this for years and it’s never been an issue.

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  4. OtherSideoftheCoin says:

    I was young at the time (turns out I was only 7), but I always have a memory of a Braves/Reds game where the OF crashed into the wall and the runner ended up on third. Without knowledge of what happens during an injury, I would have sweared that they stopped play and awarded the batter a triple. Or maybe I was wondering why the players were allowed to keep running. I had trouble finding the details until I recalled (somehow) that it was a David Justice triple. The game appears to be 8/5/1992 with Bip Roberts crashing into the wall (I had thought it was Reggie Sanders). I can’t find a video to confirm what actually happened, but I guess the runners just kept running to get as much as they could. But writeups of the incident make the situation sound pretty dire.

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  5. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    That was one loud crack of the head… Maybe the Rays found a new market inefficiency: Hit line drives off of pitcher’s heads for triples…

    haha just kidding

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    • tz says:

      That might be the most negative comment ever from W-B E…..

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    • chief00 says:

      Perhaps this Englishman needs to be a little less well-beered. This is a public site where anyone–JA Happ’s family and friends for instance–can read insensitive comments. Stay classy.

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  6. sporkless says:

    Don’t disagree with the gist of this, but confused here:

    “Umpires already have to make judgment calls when balls in play bounce over the fence.”

    Huh? How?

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  7. Hurtlockertwo says:

    Happ got care much faster that almost any other person who gets injured in the world. Rule change is just silly. It’s not like the players were running over him while he was on the ground.

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  8. chuckb says:

    I’d like to see a player, just in the spirit of sportsmanship, stop at first base on a play like that so that the umpires can call time and get help for the pitcher. I’m not saying Jennings should have stopped. I’m just saying I would like to see a player do that. In a situation like that, the extra 2 bases just aren’t that important.

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    • Jason H says:

      Soccer players routinely purposefully kick the ball out of play when a serious injury occurs. Upon resumption of play, the inbounding team will then purposefully return the ball to the team that removed it from play.

      …of course in soccer, the serious injury that occurred has a high likelihood of being faked, negating the gesture of sportsmanship entirely….

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    • Joshua says:

      Actually, I don’t think Jennings stopping would have made a difference. The ball ricocheted way down the first base line in foul territory and the play wasn’t stopped until the Blue Jays chased it down. Maybe the umpires would have called the play dead had Jennings given up the opportunity to advance, but they still may have waited until it was retrieved. Regardless, I’m guessing that all the EMS personnel in the stadium were alerted and began to get ready in those five seconds. I can see calling the play dead immediately, but it’s hard to put it on Jennings who had about five seconds to think all this through and clearly didn’t know what to do.

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      • Jay29 says:

        I think chuckb’s thought was more along the lines of “Man, I just hit a ball directly off that guy’s head and he’s lying motionless on the ground. Maybe it would be a little callous or me to take advantage of that by taking two extra bases.”

        Not that it was ignoble of Jennings to take his bases (he’s a baseball player, his instinct is to take every base you can get), but it could be considered noble to stop at first as an act of sportsmanship.

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  9. Wil says:

    If a guy gets hit in the head or is obviously seriously hurt the play should stop immediately. There is no reason to risk the life on ANY player for the sake of the game. In emergency situations, seconds are precious.

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    • evo34 says:

      I agree…which is why I was surprised to see it took 1m 10s for the trainers to call for the EMTs. And another 40s for them arrive. For all the talk about EMTs being best trained to handle serious trauma, they played a very secondary role in this case. Even after they got there, no one other than the trainer was aggressively evaluating the player. Not ideal, in my opinion.

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  10. Eric says:

    Instead of leaving it up to the umpire, why not leave it up to the injured player’s manager? If the manager steps on the field and calls for time it is immediately granted, and all runners proceed safely to the next base. Before play resumes, the umpires decide how the runners should advance, based on the expected outcome of the play without injury. Umpires can consider the players involved (are they fast or slow?) and are instructed to, when in doubt, award an extra base (does somewhat-slow Player A score from 2nd? When in doubt, yes he does.)

    The injured player’s team can’t complain about a judgment call because they decided to stop the game, and the other team won’t complain because they will likely get a “best case” scenario.

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    • TKDC says:

      Yeah, this seems like what would actually happen if the trainer just ran on the field. What the fuck are they going to do, throw the guy out of the game and tell the team they don’t get a trainer for the rest of the game? Trainers aren’t really part of the team. If I were a manager, I would tell my trainer to get his ass out there ASAP any time something like this happened and I’d deal with the consequences as they came.

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  11. deacondrake says:

    Most soccer teams kick the ball out of bounds…. Baseball should allow the base coach to call time in an emergency situation, though that will still require some semblance of sportsmanship.

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  12. PackBob says:

    So what do you do if a player swings mightily and hits a chopper to third, which the 3rd baseman starts to field, and then a portion of a shattered bat stabs him in the neck? Keep playing as the ball rolls to left field and the player bleeds? That would seem pretty silly. If MLB can’t figure out a way to asses bases after stopping play for a life-threatening injury, that is a pretty sad industry. It’s more of a depression era attitude when a worker’s life wasn’t worth much. Even if the play was ruled to have to be played over, so what?

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  13. Maverick Squad says:

    With the stoppage- maybe it should be up to umpire discretion. In this case the ump probably would’ve stopped play immediately and given Jennings a safe hit.

    We’re gonna see more push for pitcher helmets or padded caps. Certainly some sort of padding for the temple would be nice – a Trumbo line drive at 120mph at someone’s temple-scary. Wouldn’t be 100% effective but anything would help. No need to make it compulsory-if pitchers don’t feel comfortable with it they shouldn’t have to wear it. But some of these guys, with the pace they throw and the bad fielding positions they get into, it’d be a good option to have. Heck, in cricket, wearing helmets for batsmen is voluntary, but they will almost always wear one.

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    • Synovia says:

      “No need to make it compulsory-if pitchers don’t feel comfortable with it they shouldn’t have to wear it.”

      Then almost no one will wear it. They have much safer helmets for the NFL. Nobody wears them. There are better batting helmets. Nobody wears them.

      People are stupid, and hate change.

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  14. JuanPierreDoesSteroids says:

    Anybody remember when Kevin Mench ended Roy Halladay’s season? Kevin Mench was the best.

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  15. brian fawcett says:

    Simple solution to this. If a pitcher is hit in the head, and he falls to the ground, the play is ruled dead, and (to avoid pitchers exploiting this) the pitcher is out for 5 games.

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    • Ian R. says:

      Not sure if that’s wise. Jose Valverde took a line drive off the head a few years ago and fell down. He then got back up, took a threw practice throws, and finished the game.

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    • Jason B says:

      “If a pitcher is hit in the head, and he falls to the ground, the play is ruled dead, and (to avoid pitchers exploiting this) the pitcher is out for 5 games.”

      I can’t possibly imagine a pitcher going into WWE-style theatrics to get a deadball called. The backlash would be swift and intense.

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  16. e says:

    In the case of serious injuries, such as this one, the trainers should just go onto the field.

    I can’t imagine anyone would have an issue with a training running to the aid of a player bleeding from his head during a live ball

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    • ecocd says:

      My first reaction was why the trainers just didn’t run out onto the field, rules be damned. It must have taken great professional restraint to stand there and watch Happ roll around on the ground, but professionalism be damned.

      Regarding the rules, just get input from the trainers. If the general opinion is that 5 seconds doesn’t make a difference, then there’s really no need to make a rule change. It’s not fair to the umpires to force them to make a call like that, either. They take the blame and guilt associated with a seriously injured player where they don’t call the play dead or taking the blame when the player isn’t seriously injured, but still has to be removed.

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  17. Bret says:

    How about the Rays show some class and stop running when they reach base? Obviously they see the pitcher is down with blood all over. That is not acting.

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  18. Outsider says:

    The only problem is that injuries in baseball happen A LOT. I think a distinction that needs to be made here is what exactly qualifies as a “serious” injury. I don’t think even most season and career ending injuries meet the criteria we are talking about. In the case of the vast majority of injuries on the baseball field, the damage is already done the instant it occurs. Getting treatment seconds or even minutes earlier is not going to make the inury any less severe, so I don’t think it’s logical to introduce a rule that interrupts play in these kind of events.

    All that to say, there probably should have been a rule to stop play here. It was an extremely long 10 seconds to endure, and most everyone watching was much more concerned with whether or not Happ was alive than the runs scoring. My concern is that these freak life-threatening occurences happen SO infrequently and they are really the only time stopping play is justified. I really don’t care to see a dead ball or a trainer on the field any time a player goes down with a torn ACL or broken bone.

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  19. Maverick Squad says:

    According to Angel Hernandez the ball didn’t hit Happ at all.

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  20. Benjamin Aube says:

    Wouldn’t implementing a rule stating that any player injured on which a play “Time” is called by the umpire must absolutely leave the game? That would give the umpires the ability to worry about injured players first rather than focus solely on the ball, and it would prevent teams and players from abusing the rule (not that they would, but I’m sure it would be brought up as a concern).

    That way, injured players would get up and finish the play unless they absolutely can’t, ie: Happ.

    Any of that make sense or am I missing something?

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    • Jason B says:

      “Wouldn’t implementing a rule stating that any player injured on which a play “Time” is called by the umpire must absolutely leave the game?”

      That could be problematic, though, if a player is hit with more of a glancing blow, the ump calls time, and then the player can’t continue in the game even though they feel fine and are ready to go.

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  21. Jon Woo says:

    Head trauma is tricky. People can feel fine but are unknowingly bleeding internally and die in their sleep.
    I think any new rule should only affect batted balls to head or collision to head injuries.

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  22. Ross says:

    Stopping play doesn’t eliminate the injuries, which is the idea we should be concentrating on, isn’t it? All your subjective rule will do is create more jerks who simulate. Instead of pretending a ball hit their foot, they’ll pretend they’re unconscious when they ran into the wall, or pretend a batted ball struck them in the head when it really hit them in the glove. Is that what we need MORE of? Let’s focus our energies on implementing headgear–just like hockey did.

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    • tz says:

      see my comment below. Play should be stopped for a ball hitting a pitcher in the head, given that this could be the impact of a 100mph object hitting from 60ft away. When the mirror-image event happens (batter hit in head by pitch), play is stopped, so there’s no other issue. Other than pitchers getting hit in the head, I agree there’s no real place for an automatic dead ball.

      Headgear for pitchers would take a work of genius. If someone can design an unobtusive Kevlar-type device that could cover enough of the pitcher’s head and not make them sweat to death, more power to them. Though if I were a big-league pitcher, I’d be wearing Kurt Rambis style goggles to avoid a possible Bryce Florie eye-area injury.

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    • Jason B says:

      “All your subjective rule will do is create more jerks who simulate. Instead of pretending a ball hit their foot, they’ll pretend they’re unconscious when they ran into the wall, or pretend a batted ball struck them in the head when it really hit them in the glove.”

      Do you really think this would happen? Because I don’t. Like, at all. This isn’t soccer.

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  23. tz says:

    One simple rule change – if a batted ball hits a pitcher in the head, the ball is dead, the batter is awarded first base and all runners advance one base. This is the most common and most dangerous live-ball injury scenario.

    Still can’t shake that image of Bryce Florie after all these years…..

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  24. Kyle says:

    The main immediate medical concern here is an epidural hemorrhage that can cause a mass effect in the cranial fossa and herniate the brain through the main opening for the spine which could/would almost immediately result in cessation of breathing. Epidural hemorrhages are arterial and therefore very quick and increase intracranial pressure very quickly. Seconds in this case is undeniably valuable and baseball should institute something that allows immediate attention.

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  25. Nathan says:

    In the Leafs-Bruins game last night, a Leafs defenceman was hit with a shot in the forehead near his own net and he immediately went to the ground. The way the puck bounced off his head, one could have presumed the Bruins were in position to have another decent scoring chance. However, the play was whistled dead as soon as the player went down as it appeared to be a serious injury (which it was – he did not return). I think umpires are competent enough to be able to recognize an anomalous situation where serious injury appears to have occurred and call the play dead. As the rules exist for this already, umpires should be reminded by MLB they have the discretionary authority to do so, and should exercise it in Happ-like situations.

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  26. chief00 says:

    If I was an owner or GM and my trainer ran on the field to care for a seriously-injured player–like someone who took a line drive off the head–I’d be paying his fine, appealing any suspension, and increasing his pay. He’d also get full salary for the entire time he was suspended. He wouldn’t pay one red cent for doing the right thing. I’d laud him publicly for doing his job well and caring for the players.

    There’s time to disregard the rules, and that was the type of situation to do it. Let the league knock themselves out ‘disciplining’ a trainer for doing it. Think “Clint Malarchuk”

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    • Llewdor says:

      Clint Malarchuk is an excellent example. If the trainer doesn’t immediately run to help him, he dies.

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  27. Llewdor says:

    The hockey rule exists largely because watching a concussed player try to SKATE back to his bench is really quite sickening.

    I agree that some baseball rule should exist to immediately call the ball dead and award the hitter a base.

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  28. dt says:

    I mention it higher up in the thread, but just let the trainers run onto the field if a player appears to be seriously injured. This isn’t the chaos of football, they will be safe out there. The players can finish the play knowing that their teammate will be taken care of.

    And if the umps are allowed to stop the play, and someone fakes getting hit on the mound, do you really think that would be taken well? The backlash from other players, especially other pitchers since they are all assuming that risk together, would be substantial. No one would want to have that fall on them.

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    • Synovia says:

      Players fake injuries in pretty much every sport known to man. Why do you think pitchers wouldn’t do the same?

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  29. Wholesomekid says:

    Natural Selection

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