In terms of errant baseball throws, it doesn’t get much more off-target than the one by St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Edmundo Sosa on Monday night.
New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar led off the bottom of the second inning with a ground ball up the middle. Sosa ranged to his left and gobbled it up before spinning and firing toward first.
However, his throw was nowhere close to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt’s glove. In fact, it was so far off, it drilled first base up Junior Valentine in the head.
Valentine immediately went down and had to be attended to. Thankfully, despite being bloodied, Valentine was able to stay in the game following a short delay.
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It’s not that uncommon to see shortstops airmail the ball into the dugout or stands when trying to make a tough throw like this, but we’re pretty sure this is the first time an umpire has been hit in this manner.
Valentine wasn’t seriously hurt though, which is good, and Sosa was able to shake the miscue off. He later delivered an insurance run with an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning, and the Cardinals went on to win 7-0.