Now this is a first. Prior to last night’s Opening Day game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners, Angels hitting coach Don Baylor fractured his leg after catching the ceremonial first pitch from former Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero. He will undergo surgery today. The Angels lost the game 10-3 despite a first inning home run from Mike Trout.
Baylor returned to the Angels in the off-season after having spent the past three seasons as part of the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff. After beginning his playing career with the Baltimore Orioles, Baylor played with the Angels from 1977 to 1982 winning the AL MVP in 1979. Baylor would later play with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins and Oakland A’s and has also managed the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs.
I have a feeling this might be a bad omen for the Angels. However the Angels do this season I hope Baylor has a speedy recovery and returns to his duties soon.