One Ghastly look from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers was all it took to know the pitch he just threw had ended Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton’s MVP season. According to mlb.com, the 88 mph fastball that struck Giancarlo in the face caused multiple facial fractures, dental damage, and a severe facial laceration that required stitches.
After being stuck in the face Stanton lay motionless as the crowd gasped in horror upon looking at the jumbo tron replay. Not only was it visually terrifying but the sound as the ball strikes him in the face is equally disturbing.
Marlins coach Mike Redmond said, “He didn’t lose conciousness while out on the field but was bleeding heavily out of his mouth.” He later went on to add after being asked if Stanton was out the remainder of the season,”I don’t know, its not looking good, that’s for sure. It’s devastating for us. Devastating. For his season to end like that, that’s not good.”
It’s unfortunate for Stanton whose 37 homers and 105 RBI’s are both tops in the National League. He was well on his way to becoming the first Marlins player to win the regular season MVP title in Franchise History.
Milwakuee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers also tweeted:
@Giancarlo818 my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I feel horrible and hope for a speedy recovery.
— Mike Fiers (@Fiers64) September 12, 2014
The tension between the two teams only escalated after the pitch that Giancarlo was hit by was ruled a strike. Pinch hitter Reed Johnson was down 0-2 coming to bat and was subsequently hit in the hand but because he swung it was ruled a strike out. This event caused the benches to clear after Milwaukee’s pitcher Fiers threw his hands up at the Marlins bench. Marlins Manager Redmond and 3rd Baseman Casey McGehee were ejected. Marlins manager Mike Redmond had this to say about the altercation after the game,
“I’ve never seen anything like that, and I’ve definitely never seen two swings called on those plays. That’s for sure,” Redmond said. “I’ve never seen a guy get hit in the mouth and called for a swing. He’s out there bleeding at home plate, and for the first-base ump to say he swung at that pitch … he’s coughing up blood. What a joke.”
Stanton is expected to undergo X-Rays and a CT scan at a local hospital.