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Injury Scout - Welke's Foul Out in New York

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HP Umpire Bill Welke left Saturday's Braves-Mets game in New York as the result of a foul ball injury sustained during the 5th inning. With none out and one on in the top of the 5th, Braves batter Matt Joyce fouled a 2-2 90-mph slider into Welke's traditional-style facemask. Welke remained in the...

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Seems like more umpires are going down than catchers. Are catchers wearing better protective headwear equipment or using better positioning to get missed.

If being lower let's the catcher get missed, could umpires get lower.Like former Joe Crawford or Phil Cuzzi or Dan Bellino or way over towards the batter in the slot like Joe West.

Or do some catchers and umpires just have that square boxers jaw or rock head like West and Barrett and cranium makeup helps prevent the injury to start with. What gives???

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