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Center fielder Darin Mastroianni of the Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals) crashed into the outfield wall so hard during a game on Wednesday night, that the wall’s padding came off and landed on top of him.
It was nearly a spectacular catch, but he was unable to hang on to the ball following the collision, and the batter Matt Tuiasosopo ended up with a double. Thankfully, Mastroianni was unhurt from the incident and was able to get back up and repair the padding himself.
Those outfield walls can sometimes be unforgiving, as Bump Bailey can sadly no longer attest. Wednesday’s incident also brings to mind former White Sox minor-leaguer Rodney McCray, who is well-aware of how dangerous they can be.