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Awkward situation...

Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
08:40 AM ET (US)
Verdict=We do not touch the players. We are not the trainers. We need to be VERY careful of what we say to the players-"joking" around with them and making comments that might sound funny might be taken seriously and out of context.
Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
11:24 AM ET (US)
I hoped that someone would mention the actions of the umpire consoling and touching the kid...not good. The kid also tossed his helmet after being hit...we can leave that alone! side note...an umpire "caught" a catcher the other day after the catcher got smoked by a foul ball and helped him keep his balance...then the trainers got to the catcher....umpire backed away...good move!
09:52 PM ET (US)
Doesn't look like he is properly equipped like Bryan mentioned. But I would give him all the time he needs to get himself ready. Never touch a player! Just get the coach or trainer.
03:02 PM ET (US)
After things settle, I always tell just get your girl friend to rub them up for you, then tell the catcher later as well or maybe his boy friend, and you never heard that from me...aaahhh really we have nothing to do here, it's not us, maybe walk over and get some baseball would work for me..
Kevin Heald
01:46 PM ET (US)
He kind of seemed to forget where he was, or just didn't care, the way he kept "accessing" the situation for all the world to see, including a manual count at one point. Truthfully, since I've been hit there with a throw, sans cup, (all my fault), I think he was being a bit dramatic since I don't think you are vertical with a direct shot to unprotected jewelry. If he had a cup on, he's really milking it. That being said, I'd give him all the time he needs since determining the severity of the injury is not our job.
Bryan WildPerson was signed in when posted
01:05 PM ET (US)
Not legally equipped. The base umpire should not put his hands on the player, NEVER!
12:48 PM ET (US)
ouch... they always say the bigger the ball the bigger the injury. I'n my case it would be a big injury......forget that I commented on this topic.
Matt Hudson
12:39 PM ET (US)
So first where is the coach or trainer? They umpire should not be the one touching or consoling ever. We have enough liability already. I would give him all the time he needs like any other injury and I would make sure the trainer checks for a rupture.
12:19 PM ET (US)
I'd give him plenty of time to "walk it off".....looks like he was almost ready to get back into the box and finish his at bat.
Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
12:00 PM ET (US)

As an umpire, what would you do, or not do in this situation? click the link below to view video..


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