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Humberto Quintero gets whacked in the head

Jun 21, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often: Astros’ catcher Humberto Quintero was hit on the side of the head with Adres Blanco’s backswing during yesterday’s Astros-Rangers game.

The video is here. You can hear the bat smack Quintero’s helmet. One of those hockey-style helmets, by the way, which you have to figure was the best thing going for him. As it was he got a gash on the head that required seven stitches. If this was the 1950s and he was just wearing a wool cap under the mask, ye gods it would have been bad. Of course, if it were the 1950s the umps probably wouldn’t allow players to erase the back chalk line of the batter’s box and stand so deep like they do, but that’s another conversation.

They’re saying that Quintero has no concussion symptoms which is both good and, frankly, damn nigh amazing.

  1. The Common Man - Jun 21, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    It kills me that players are allowed to demolish that back chalk line, as it’s both dangerous and it’s cheating. But later in the video you linked to it appears that Blanco is actually fully on the correct side of that line. It might be the angle, but it certainly looks like he’s in the right spot. This just strikes me as a freak thing, and it’s a really strong reminder of just how hard these guys swing a bat.

  2. adam - Jun 21, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    It really does look like he’s in the batters box.
    The announcers are right, Q takes a lot of blows back there that other catchers don’t. The Astros really need to look at what he’s doing because their other catchers aren’t getting destroyed like he is and it’d be nice to keep him around for a bit because, somehow, he’s one of the better catchers to play for them recently.

  3. I Only Need The Edge! - Jun 24, 2010 at 7:18 PM


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