MLB Umpire Adam Hamari Got Hit in the Groin, Survived

The Arizona Diamondacks beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Wednesday night at the Great American Ballpark. Joe Mantiply earned his first save of the season and just the third save of his career after he replaced closer Kevin Ginkel with one out and two runners on in the bottom of the ninth. After Ginkel surrendered a walk, two hits and one run, Mantiply came in and retired both batters he faced to preserve the win.

Gabriel Moreno caught the entire game for the Diamondbacks, helping guide Jordan Montgomery through seven strong innings while going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Not that it was a perfect game for Moreno. During the seventh inning he failed to get in front of a pitch from Montgomery that bounced in front of the plate. With no one on, Moreno took a swipe at the ball rather than sacrifice his body. Home plate Adam Hamari paid the price.


No one deserves that to happen at their place of work. Not even an umpire.

Luckily, Hamari was able to shake it off and finish the game. And the brief interlude for testicular trauma barely even affected his performance. Only two of his worst calls of the night came after he took a one-hopper between the legs.

Maybe Hamari should work in the field on Thursday. You know, for his own protection.

Stephen Douglas


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