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Jose Iglesias took a fastball directly to the nuts (Video)

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Jose Iglesias has settled in nicely with the Detroit Tigers since he came over from the Boston Red Sox at the trade deadline. He already proved why Detroit wanted him by making one of the best plays of the year earlier this week, but one pitch on Friday was enough to make anyone uncomfortable.

During the bottom of the third inning, Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy drilled Iglesias directly in the nuts with a fastball. The only thing that will improve is his on-base percentage, but I’m not sure it was worth it. Iglesias went down for a few seconds and was tended to by trainers, but he remained in the game. Here’s a photo that shows the moment of contact, courtesy of World of Isaac:

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It’s rare that we ever seen two players take a ball to the man region within a few days of each other, but unfortunately Iglesias was not the first this week. Let’s hope this is the last play we’ll be adding to our list of nut shots for at least a while.

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LaTroy Hawkins hit in the baby maker by grounder while not wearing cup (Video)

LaTroy-Hawkins-nut-shotNew York Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins blew a save against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night, but he had one of the most legitimate excuses possible. Prior to Andre Ethier’s game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth, Hawkins took a ground ball directly to the groin.

To make matters worse, several Dodgers and Mets reporters noted that Hawkins said he was not wearing a cup. He said after the game that the pain was excruciating and described the grounder as a “DIRECT HIT” that he did not get any part of his glove on. Hawkins also added this gem when asked about the play.

A lot of pitchers choose to not wear cups because they are uncomfortable, but Hawkins admitted after the game that he may reconsider that line of thought. In fact, there are even some position players who take the risk. At least that umpire who recently took a bad shot to the nuts was wearing protection.

And with that, the Dodgers — who have won their last eight in a row and 23 out of 26 since the All-Star break — continue to find ways to get the job done.

H/T SI Hot Clicks
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Umpire Alan Porter takes foul ball off the nuts (GIF)

Poor Alan Porter. The home plate umpire for the Tampa Bay Rays-Miami Marlins game on Wednesday was nailed in the nuts when Evan Longoria fouled off a ball that bounced in the dirt and skipped into Porter’s crotch during the fourth inning.

Between all the blown calls and foul balls to the groin, life isn’t easy being an umpire.

This isn’t Porter’s only mishap this season. Take a look at this fluke play he was part of earlier in the season:

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Shane Battier knees Roy Hibbert in the nuts (Video)

Shane Battier Roy HibbertIf you thought Roy Hibbert wasn’t all there during the first half of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, it might have to do with him getting nailed in the nuts by Shane Battier.

Battier was driving to the hoop late in the first quarter when he was challenged by the Pacers center. In an instance, two forces converged at the same place at the same time: Hibbert’s groin and Battier’s knee. Hibbert’s manly region was on the losing end of that battle.

Hibbert still had 10 points and four rebounds in the first half despite losing two balls.

Below in GIF form:

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Troy Tulowitzki grabs teammate’s nuts in postgame handshake (GIF)

Troy Tulowitzki nut grabOh nothing, just Troy Tulowitzki grabbing teammate Rafael Betancourt in the nuts after the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Sunday. Tulo hit a two-run single in the sixth, while Betancourt pitched a scoreless ninth. Betancourt initially put up some resistance to Tulo, but the shortstop would not be denied.

Between Tulo and Jeff Francoeuer, this is turning into the year of the nut shot.

Forearm bash to Deadspin

Jeff Francouer tapped third base coach in nuts after hitting triple (GIF)

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Jeff Francouer hit a triple in the seventh inning of his team’s win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, and he was so excited he decided to hand out a jimmy tap. Typically when a player reaches first or third base they go with something like a high-five or a fist bump for the base coach. That’s not Francouer’s style.

As you can see, Francouer decided to give Royals third base coach Eddie Rodriguez a friendly tap in the nuts. It was nothing like this accidental fist-pump to the groin or this blatant punch in the nuts, but it was probably enough to wake Rodriguez up if he was starting to get bored as the Royals opened things up. I’m sure he appreciated it.

GIF via Eye on Baseball

Umpire John Hirschbeck takes a foul ball to the groin (GIF)

Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck was in the line of fire on Wednesday night, and his manly region got the worst end of a foul ball.

A.J. Pierzynski was up in the fourth inning of the Texas Rangers-LA Angels game and checked his swing on a pitch from Nick Maronde. He fouled the ball off, and it nailed Hirschbeck in the groin. The umpire went down as if he had been socked in the nuts by Johnny Cage.

There was a brief delay in the game to give Hirschbeck a chance to recover.

Pierzynski ended up walking in the at-bat, and the Angels mercifully got the next batter out to end the disastrous 9-run inning by Texas.

Turns out this is actually a regular occurrence for Hirschbeck.

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