Our very best wishes for a speedy recovery to our own Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who is recovering after being hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball from Brewers starter Mike Fiers in Thursday’s game.
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Stanton, a top candidate for the NL MVP award, suffered multiple facial fractures, dental damage and a laceration requiring stitches, according to a tweet early this morning from the Marlins.
Happily the team’s most recent post stated that “Giancarlo is in good spirits, saying he was uplifted by his mates. Dental work on 3 teeth in Miami. Fractures will heal, no surgery expected.”
Hit-by-pitches injuries are not uncommon in baseball. Fifteen Major League players also were hit by balls in the 11 games that were played on Thursday – including pinch hitter Reed Johnson who was sent in after Stanton was carried from the field.
The Yankees’ Chase Headley was hit with a 96-mph fastball on the chin thrown by the Tampa Bay Rays’ Jake McGee, while other HBP injuries were primarily to players’ arms.
The all-time record for being hit by pitches is held by Baltimore Orioles shortstop Hughie Jennings, who was hit by 287 pitches between 1891 and 1903. In 1896 alone, Jennings was hit by a pitch 51 times.
Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros almost beat Jennings record. Biggio had been hit by a pitch 285 times when he retired in 2007. Numerous players can claim the single-game record, having been hit by three pitches in one game.
Five million teeth are knocked out in sports-related injuries annually in the U.S. and an athlete has a 10% chance of suffering a dental injury during each season of play. Up to 39% of all dental injuries are sports-related. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that the highest numbers of sports injuries typically occur in basketball, football and bicycling. (We’re shocked that hockey didn’t make the list.)
If you are struck in the face while playing a sport you should call your dentist ASAP and book an emergency appointment, even if your teeth seem to be fine. Dental damage may not become apparent until days or even months following an injury to the mouth area.
$500 million is spent annually replacing and repairing teeth that were injured while playing a sport. Professional athletes no doubt have excellent dental insurance, but you and your family may not. Fortunately there is an affordable alternative to pricey insurance: a dental savings plan from :DentalPlans. One low annual payment entitles families to discounts on dental procedures – from emergency care to check-ups, even orthodontia.
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