Watch: Umpire takes down Matt Kemp following hit-by-pitch

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Padres right fielder Matt Kemp tackled by umpire
Thursday June 11th, 2015

Umpire Jordan Baker was ready to prevent a fight at all costs during Thursday's Padres-Braves game.

Baker, notable for his Great Gatsby-evoking name and odd gum-disposing habits, tackled San Diego outfielder Matt Kemp after Kemp began to run at Braves pitcher Julio Teheran.

The incident occurred after Teheran hit Kemp with an 0-2 pitch to the shoulder in the first inning Thursday. It followed a controversial slide from Andrelton Simmons on Tuesday and a pair of hit batsmen on Wednesday.

Some of Kemp's fall appears attributable to his feet slipping out from under him, but a solid block from Baker certainly factored in.

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To borrow a football term, we'll credit the umpire with a pancake.


- Alex Puttterman

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