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Then I realized after watching it 100 times and wiping the tears from my eyes that he basically takes a full-on gut punch from the catcher! I love it.
Actually, to me it looks like the catcher is making the out sign with his hand right there at the end. I love that he has no concern for the dude that he just point blank pelted with a baseball in the gut, he wants to make sure he gets the out call.
I had to find out about this as I began umpiring Little League last year and this interested me on a few levels.
Here is an article with play-by-play video of the incident as it occurred.
I thought from the .gif the catcher was angling for an obstruction call and the announcers think so too. However the batter is only under obligation to not get INTO the way of a play. The batter was well within his rights to stand in the batters box not moving. The catcher is obligated to clear him for the throw.
Sounds like from the reporting stats there is a reason the guy is in the Minors.
*EDIT* Funnily enough I have a bruise on the left side of my abdomen much like this batter probably got from a pitch some kid didn't catch and hit me underneath my chest plate.
Edited by TzuDohNihm - 5/21/15 at 8:43am