Skip to comments.Here’s How One Baseball Player Looked Like After Getting Hit In the Face With a 90 MPH Fastball
Posted on 04/21/2014 5:19:34 PM PDT by kingattax
After taking a 90 mph fastball to the face during a Friday game, Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. showed off his injuries online this weekend and theyre not pretty.
The minor league center fielder was struck by the ball on the right side of his face during a game in Frisco, Texas. Miraculously he managed to walk off the field after sustaining the blow.
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You should’ve seen Tony Conigliaro.
Ouch x 2. Tough guy.
I’m guessing the side he got hit on imploded and pushed his face to the right.
A 30 mph baseball hitting the face will do significant harm, but a 90 mph throw strikes with 9 times the force. That’s probably about as hard as I’ve ever thrown one.
one of our local golf pros coaches little league...was pitching to a batter in an indoor facility...took a liner, off the kids bat....LOST the eye!!!!!!
Ouch, reallllly impressed by the tats though....
We really need safer baseballs this is so sad
Ray Chapman was killed by a baseball in 1920. I think he was the only major leaguer to ever be killed in baseball.
Sorry about the video. I grabbed it without checking it out.
Dang! He looks like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
That's a lot different.
It made Randy Johnson cry.
He’s a lefty with just some minor swelling.
The fastest baseball I EVER threw was 79 MPH. My arm hurt from my shoulder to the tips of my fingers for 3 days.
The fastest pitcher I have ever seen was a kid who I think dropped out of school in the 8th grade. We were warming up before a pasture ball game.
I don’t think this kid had ever played organized baseball but he threw so hard that it actually scared me. To put that in perspective, I played on a high school team with a guy who later became the number one pitcher for the University of Florida and he was no where near as fast.
I still wonder what a pro team could have done with him.
That’s why baseball players don’t break out the chest pounding and fruity celebration dances after mundane plays. It’s bad enough that it happens by accident, no need to tempt anyone to really try to do it to you on account of your moonwalking down to first after drawing a walk or making a choke sign to the pitcher after getting a single.
I got hit in the eye by a water balloon on Easter, felt like a punch. I don’t even want to know a 90 mph baseball feels like
I found pics of him batting left and right. Would like to see the game footage.
Actually the video was pretty humorous in very weird way....
Cards manager Mike Matheny took one in the face and never going down. Stops, spits out the blood and starts for first. It is a bit graphic.
I’m just guessing it was around 90 mph, but I threw it all the way from deep left field directly to home plate to prevent a run from coming in. It was a line drive like you’d hit with a bat, surprising everyone including myself. I did use to pump some iron. It knocked the glove off the catcher’s hand, two runs went in, and we lost the game.
Didn’t Johnson get fined for that?
What difference, at this point, does it make?
Reminds me of Tony Conigliaro
Some of my neighbors, two brothers, as a kid were a tad older and pitched ball. I was accurate in a snowball fight, and I could put some heat on them, but getting hit with a snowball by the older brother was like being shot...
remember that spring(forgot what year)when two kids were killed by either a line drive or a pitch.so sad.(it was a few weeks apart)
well remember the goalie who almost died?that has to be the most gruesome sports accident.getting within a fraction of an inch from getting your jugular cut.God must of been right there on the ice.
Tony C. 1967, tragic figure. Died young.
One of them was a pitch, hit him in the chest and stopped his heart. While playing outfield in Little League I was in fact hit in the middle of the chest by a line drive when I ran to catch it. I guess sometimes it will kill, sometimes it won’t. I’m glad it didn’t in my case but too bad for the other kid. Baseball is not without danger because of that hardball flying around.
what i recall when i heard one of the incidents was that it was either the runner or basemen who got nailed by a line drive,i think it hit the runner on first base,some minor league game.,it was just a heartbreaker that these two stories made the news around 2/3 weeks apart.
Alex Avila sees sparks.
I remember that one.... it was stomach churning
I don’t think so.
It was a complete freak accident.
After the water balloon fight I can safely say none of us were accurate
The case of a pitcher getting hit by a batted ball that I think is the most famous is Herb Score by Gil McDougald in 1957. It was a bad injury. Score was an outstanding young pitcher up til then, but was only mediocre afterwards.
I think Jerry Coleman was there as a Yankee player. I once wrote him a letter about something he said on a broadcast, and I mentioned the Score incident. He wrote me back, but didn't mention Score.
Even though Tony C. made a comeback after missing 1968 (with 1969 an OK year, and 1970 a good year, after which it was essentially over), I always thought that injury contributed to his death.
Look how the ball just plops to the ground. All of its kinetic energy was transferred to that poor bird.
My oldest Brother was a great high school football running back. He was big, fast, and strong.
One night he had broken through the line and linebackers with only the safety left. The safety hit him right in the middle of the chest with the front of his helmet. He literally stopped Joe for a second. Then Joe got his feet going again and ran right over him.
A few days later Joe told me that the guy had hit him right where the shoulder pads lace up and it still really hurt. Joe died of a heart attack at age 59. I always wondered if that hit, had damaged his heart and eventually caused the heart attack. I really don’t know tho.
You're thinking of a different player, maybe it was Dave Winfield, I forget. He was in the outfield and threw a ball at a seagull that was wandering around on the field. Killed the bird, I think. Anyway, big trouble. Seagulls ARE a pest.
I’ve no idea. I don’t know how well the heart is able to repair itself if it takes damage. 59 is still well within heart attack range however. It’s one reason to start taking better care about 45 or so.
I wondered that about Tony C. Nine years after he took that hit to the head, he had a heart attack and went into a coma/vegetative state from which he never woke up to his death.
Joe had his first heart problems at around age 43. He had bypass surgery and also another type which I don’t completely understand what it was. He was working under his daughter’s Summer house when he had the attack. He died on the way to the hospital. It was a hot July day and I could not believe they had him working under that house on such a hot day.
They probably could not have stopped him tho.
The bypass makes it sound vascular, affecting the heart but not directly caused by it. I’m no doctor, however. I don’t even play one on TV. 43 does sound sort of young to be worrying about these things though. Very unfortunate for him and you must feel the loss as well.
Yes, it affected us all, his siblings his wife and children and his Father but Mother was the one who was so hurt that she almost died.
We had to take her to the emergency room where they said her blood pressure was off the charts. They finally got her sedated and the next day she was OK. I remember at his funeral as we passed by, I thought to myself that Mother would have to take his hand and sure enough she did.
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