To say that Jose Bautista has had his share of run-ins with umpires would be an understatement. In fact, it has become almost customary for the slugger to blame any and all failure on the umpire as he stalks off from the batter’s box. On two such occasions this season, Bautista has been handed an early dismissal from the game.
However, on this day, Bautista was on the giving end, ending home plate umpire Dale Scott’s afternoon after just two innings of work.
Now to be fair, Bautista does not have the power to throw an umpire out of the game. Even if he did, Dale Scott did nothing to infuriate the man. However, Bautista does swing a mean stick and takes a wicked cut at the ball. And when a grown man wields that kind of power, it comes out looking like this.
The incident occurred when Bautista fouled an 0-1 fastball straight back. The ball initially glanced off the of the mask of Seattle Mariners Humberto Quintero, but blasted Scott right between the eyes of his own mask. The impact alone nearly knocked Scott to the ground. However, he’s a
hockey player umpire, so he finished out the at-bat and stayed in for the bottom half of the inning. He would be relieved of duty prior to the beginning of the third inning though, and looked pretty woozy when walking off the field.
The GIF above doesn’t really do the impact justice. If you watch the video replay of the play, you’ll see just how much damage Dale Scott took from the foul ball. It was not a light tap on the mask, so he deserves some credit for trying to suck it up and stay in there.
Here’s to hoping that he shakes it off and is back on the field without having to miss any time.