MLB umpire in Cardinals vs. Mets hit flush in the face by errant throw

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Umpires are used to being struck by baseballs, but they rarely have to deal with it when they’re working the bases. Junior Valentine was a victim of a rare direct hit while umpiring first base in Monday night’s Cardinals-Mets game in New York. He never saw it coming, either.

Valentine was drilled in the face near his right cheek by an…

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