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Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: March 16, 2011 11:57 am
By Matt Snyder

Braves' general manager Frank Wren has confirmed to multiple Internet sources (the majority via Twitter thus far) that minor-league coach Luis Salazar has lost his left eye.

On March 9, Salazar was struck in the eye by a line-drive foul ball off the bat of catcher Brian McCann in the first inning of an exhibition game against the Cardinals. He was standing in the dugout watching the at-bat.

Salazar was initially unconscious for around 20 minutes but then regained consciousness and was able to breath on his own. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital and has since had three surgeries. One of the surgeries resulted in the removal of his left eye.

Salazar, 54, will still be able to manage the Braves' high-Class-A affiliate this season, according to reports, and could be back in four to six weeks (Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Twitter).

Wren wanted to point out the positive in the unfortunate situation.

"As the doctor told us from the very beginning, in the big picture -- and that’s what we always have to keep in mind -- in the big picture this is a really good outcome. He's alive. He's alive." (via AJC Twitter )

McCann has been having a pretty rough time with the incident. He immediately needed to be removed from the game because he was so shaken. He has since spent hours visiting with Salazar and family and has expressed his remorse and feeling of helplessness for the accident.

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Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 6:59 pm
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Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 6:00 pm

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

it took a young girl to lose her life at a NHL hockey game before nets went up behind the goalies.  You would think itll be easy enough to put a net up from the top of the dugout to 1st step or railing.  im surprised something like this hasnt happened more frequently.

It's amazing if you think about it... in this day and age with the resources these leagues have and it takes somebody dying or losing an eye for anything to change?  This is a league that pays its players billions of dollars, executives in the millions... 10's of millions sometimes yet they can't protect coaches and players in a dugout??   What is so stupid about that is a regular guy like your or I could make a few phone calls, describe the problem to a few people and have this issue resolved in probably as little as days..... it's not that hard.... wow. 
The NHL is still exposed in the same way as MLB in terms of having the bench open to the field of play. You probably aren't going to have slap shots directed at a bench or richocheting in that direction with much velocity so the risk is not as great as with baseball, but the principle is the same.

As far as it taking somebody losing an eye or dying to affect change, that's usually the case, isn't it? Think about all the changes in auto safety in the last 40 years or so. It didn't take a genius to figure out falling or hurtling out of a car at high speed is bad for your health; they could have installed safety features like belts from the very beginning of the auto industry.

Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 5:52 pm

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

This is An unforseen accident that is very sad, but thats what it accident. My heart belongs to the Braves, but also More so in this sad time.  Baseball is truly a great pastime and very exciting, but let us all be reminded to cherish every minute that we have and to never sweat the small stuff.  things happen to all of us , and it helps to develop resolve  and understanding.. Go Braves!! Congrats coach on Being alive and still getting to coach!! We love you!!

Since: Apr 11, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 5:19 pm

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

As a Cardinal fan - I can really sympathize.  Juan Encarnacion was struck by a foul ball while in the on deck circle a few years ago.  I don't believe that he regain the sight in the eye - but I'm not totally sure the outcome.  It was a dark day for the Cardinal family and our hearts go out to the Braves.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:34 pm

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Brian McCann, this is not your fault. This is a true accident in that it happened through the fault of no person. Prayers for coach and player.

Since: Jun 9, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:32 pm

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

You'd think CBS would take down their ad for "Eye on Baseball" on this page.  good stuff.

Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:17 pm

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

WOW!!!! That is crazy! I feel awful for Mr. Salazar. Seems to me that a lot of these spring training facilities don't have the typs of protection around the dugouts as the MLB stadiums. Doesn't seem like it would be too costly to have 4 foot high screens up in front of the dugouts at all facilities. Hell as much as the owners make it would makes sense to want to protect the coaches, players and whomever else may be in the dugout during a given game. Again I feel for the coach and wish him a speedy recovery.

Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:43 pm

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Poor guy.  That's the part of baseball that's always terrified me.  Line drives are capable of getting anybody, and it seems that once a year, an MLB pitcher gets a return ball in the noggin, scaring the crap out of both teams.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:36 pm

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Why not put cages up over the dugout openings? where the holes are big enough to see through, but small enough where a high velocity baseball will not get through. Why not even maybe some plexi-glass or other see-through material (not glass)?

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