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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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

I know!!  Let's all just live in huge bubbles, and we can just replicate all major sports on video games.






Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

The unfortunate fact of the matter is, in our society - nothing gets fixed until something goes wrong.

Very true but in my opinion..... and it's even worse when things like this happen in a league where money isn't an issue at all.  
Owners with payrolls ranging between 80 and 200 million dollars won't spend the money on something to protect their coaches and players? Their assets??   
That's crazy....



Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery


The Royals just won a lawsuit by a fan who claimed the  Royals mascot Slugger tossed a wrapped hot dog in his direction and hit him in the eye causing damage.   Just goes to show you always keep your eyes on the game...


.......


Confusing. Should you keep your eye on the game or on the mascots and vendors.




Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

This is a sad and tragic story and I hope it goes toward addressing another problem that is apparent in baseball.  The ball is the least of my concerns when sitting close to the action.  I'm FAR more concerned about the maple bats and the odd and unpredictable way that they hurtle through the air.  Imagine the damage that the jagged edge of one of those could do to a person.  This tragic accident happened with an object that was round with predictable movements.  I fear it won't be long before we see a fatality (player or fan) because of the bats. 



Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

A very preventable accident. Yes your in the dugout and yes watching a ball game. All it takes is a split second and your on the ground. At 54 years old im sure his reactions are not what they may have been. Across the board nets should he installed on every dugout in every MLB park. What if it were your $10 million per year pitcher who got one square in his face while reaching for Sunflower seeds. Helmets on the base Coaches was a step in the right direction. I do think they should wear full helmets (Ear flaps) Unfortunate accident they happen but could have been prevented. Very glad to hear Salazar will recover.



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:41 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.
The unfortunate fact of the matter is, in our society - nothing gets fixed until something goes wrong.  It costs money.  Aircraft didn't have forward-looking radar until one slammed into the side of a mountain.
 
They also didn't make impenetrable cockpits until after 9/11.

It's just the way it is, unfortunately.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:36 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. 




Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

The Royals just won a lawsuit by a fan who claimed the  Royals mascot Slugger tossed a wrapped hot dog in his direction and hit him in the eye causing damage.   Just goes to show you always keep your eyes on the game...



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:14 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

There are signs posted for all the fans that say keep your eyes on the game at all time when your sitting that close. Coaches have to do the same thing. Its a horrible accident but putting nets up is just weird. My prayers go out to luis and brian hopefully they can both get through this hard time.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:14 pm
 

Salazar's left eye removed in surgery

Is it just me, or is it really cold of CBS Sports to include this article in their "Eye on Baseball" section? - Mi2ItSF

Though this is a sad story, this comment had me laughing my ass off at my desk. Thank you sir  Smile !!!!




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