Main League Baseball participant Tyler O’Neill hit a foul ball off at simply the correct angle to ship it flying into the lens of the backstop digital camera. The injury precipitated a slight delay in play because the grounds crew handled the bits of shattered glass.
As reported by DPReview, O’Neill — an outfielder for the Saint Louis Cardinals — ripped the foul ball off an 0-1 pitch delivered by Miami Marlin’s pitcher Sandy Alcantara in the course of the two groups’ April 6 assembly. The pitch got here in at O’Neill at 90 miles-per-hour and was categorized as a “changeup,” or pitch that seems to the batter to be a fastball however strikes a lot slower than a pitcher’s most velocity.
As a result of the ball arrived a lot later than O’Neill anticipated, he solely tipped the ball as he swung the bat out in entrance and fouled it immediately behind dwelling plate. By happenstance, it made direct contact with a broadcast digital camera.
Within the video beneath, you’ll be able to even hear the loud “crack” because the ball shatters the entrance of the lens.
BREAKING: damaged pic.twitter.com/rcuNEbzytG
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 6, 2021
As DPReview notes, the lens it destroyed seems to be a Fujinon WCV-L85 0.8x Wide Angle Converter Lens hooked up to the entrance of a Fujinon UA18x7.6BERD broadcast zoom lens. The converter retails for $1,800 whereas the lens is available in at a a lot greater $22,495. Fortunately, it seems that solely the wide-angle converter was destroyed by the ball, making the ache of getting to exchange the half a bit simpler to abdomen.
Under are a few frames that present a earlier than and after have a look at the injury:
Due to COVID-19 protocols, the printed workforce’s technical crew wasn’t allowed on the sector, that means that two batboys needed to unexpectedly sweep the shards of glass of the monitor and the again wall earlier than play might resume. O’Neill would strike out on the following pitch, however the Cardinals would go on to win the sport 4-2.
“I’ve by no means seen it,” stated Cardinals supervisor Mike Shildt to MLB.com, “nevertheless it’s one factor that’s nice about our sport. You possibly can go to a ballpark, and you’ve got a very good probability to see one thing that you simply’ve by no means seen, no matter what number of occasions you’ve walked within the stadium. One of many stunning issues about our sport.”
Sports activities and cameras have a little bit of a dicey historical past, and this isn’t even the primary time a baseball participant has discovered a approach to destroy broadcasting tools. In 2010 throughout a Yankees and Rangers sport, a participant broke his bat and the items flew directly into a $90,000 Canon broadcast lens which resulted in a $20,000 restore invoice. In 2013, Danish skilled golfer Thomas Bjorn sent a ball directly into the front of an ESPN broadcast lens, destroying it.