Max Stassi, Jason Heyward both take pitches to face in same day (Video)


Max-Stassi-hit-in-faceHouston Astros catcher Max Stassi had an incredibly memorable first week in the Major Leagues, and we don’t neccesarily mean that in a good way. Sure, the 22-year-old recorded his first MLB hit and picked up his first big league RBI, but his accomplishments came at a steep price.

On Tuesday, Stassi committed an embarrassing mental error when he was tagged out at second base because he lost track of the baseball. Wednesday night was even more painful (literally), as Stassi took a fastball to the face with the bases loaded. Being hit by a pitch gave him his first RBI with the Astros, but I’m sure there are plenty of other ways he envisioned that going down.

We don’t see batters taking pitches to the face very often, which is a good thing. However, Stassi happened to get drilled just hours after Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward took a ball to the jaw. Twitter rumblings indicate that Stassi’s X-rays came back negative, but Heyward fractured his jaw in two places and had to have surgery on Thursday.

Here’s hoping both players enjoy a speedy recovery and that we have seen the last of pitches to the face for a long time.

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Max Stassi gets first MLB hit, then tagged out not paying attention (Video)

Max-Stassi-tagged-outIn the span of just a few minutes on Tuesday night, Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi experienced one of the most memorable moments and one of the most humiliating moments of his professional baseball career.

With Houston leading 2-1 over the Texas Rangers in the top of the fifth, Stassi singled to record his first ever MLB hit. He then reached second on a throwing error by Rangers pitcher Jason Frasor, but was tagged out when he lost track of the baseball and wandered off the bag.

Basically, the Rangers pulled the hidden ball trick on Stassi without even trying. Frasor’s throw had gone off the top of shortstop Elvis Andrus’ glove and was snagged by Ian Kinsler, who was backing up the play. Stassi thought Andrus had the ball in his glove, so he was in no rush to get back to the bag when Elvis began walking toward the pitcher’s mound. But Kinsler was the one with the ball, and he walked up behind Stassi and tagged him out.

Poor guy. This is the type of stuff that can only happen to the Astros, but you hate to see it happen to a rookie after recording his first hit. Although, it’s probably best to get boneheaded plays like that out of the way now. At least he didn’t cost his team a valuable game.