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Don Baylor breaks leg while catching 1st pitch

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Don Baylor broke his right leg while catching Vladimir Guerrero's ceremonial first pitch Monday night.

Baylor will have surgery Tuesday on his right femur.

The injury cast a pall over opening day at Angel Stadium. Baylor, who joined the Angels' coaching staff in the offseason, had to be helped off the field after squatting to catch Guerrero's off-target throw.

Baylor was taken to a hospital before the Angels' 10-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Don right now," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Obviously it's a freak (injury). We'll see how it turns out."

Baylor couldn't stand up after Guerrero's throw, his right leg bending awkwardly beneath him while he was held up by Guerrero, who initially thought Baylor was kidding around. Two team employees helped Baylor to the dugout, leaving the Angels in disbelief on the field.

"It got me sick when I was warming up and hearing what happened in the dugout," said Mike Trout, who hit a two-run homer in the first inning.

The 64-year-old Baylor is a survivor of multiple myeloma, a cancer that attacks bone marrow. He was diagnosed with the cancer in 2003, and he is active in fundraising efforts to combat the disease.

Baylor, the former manager of the Rockies and Cubs, left the Arizona Diamondbacks in the offseason to return to Anaheim, where he played six seasons with the California Angels.

He replaced Jim Eppard as the Angels' hitting coach last October. Los Angeles also hired assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen, who was the Mariners' hitting coach last season.

Baylor and Guerrero are the only AL MVPs in Angels franchise history. Baylor won the award in 1979 during arguably the best season of his 19-year major league career with seven teams.

Guerrero threw the ceremonial first pitch to celebrate his retirement with the Angels on a one-day contract.

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db1219 April 01 2014 at 7:10 PM

Don, my prayers are with you.

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Brian Workman April 01 2014 at 8:35 PM

Most people who have or had cancer, have brittle bones from Kemo.

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bugsbonea Brian Workman April 01 2014 at 10:14 PM

Multiple myeloma attacks the bone.If kept untreated or undetected. it causes bone leasions. It is not your typical cancer that causes tumors. It is a blood borne cancer. I t is not cure able but it is treatable.

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freeradicals bugsbonea April 01 2014 at 11:21 PM

Yeah, it didn't look like enough stress to break a femur. I was thinking a pathological fracture, I've seen enough of them. We'll see, I hope the best for him.

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Hi Sandra April 01 2014 at 9:29 PM

Some of you commenters are so cruel, where is you compssion? The man broke his leg and all you can do is make smart a** remarks. Hope it makes you feel good about yourself.

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sdowns1470 April 01 2014 at 6:50 PM

I am not a doctor, but this man obviously has weaker bones than other people. One reason for that is he had multiple myeloma, which is a cancer that attacks the blood, and in turn it can weaken bones. And for the people on here saying nasty things about him need to learn about conditions like bone marrow cancer.

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tysemperfi April 01 2014 at 5:35 PM

jhwilkusmc, semperfi Marine. You hit the nail on the head. This may of saved his life.

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Chris Oliva April 02 2014 at 12:27 AM

I loved watching Don play, hope all is well, heal quick, take care

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tileman707 April 01 2014 at 5:45 PM

If you want more info about bone cancer look up Dave Dravecky who went into remission yet still had to have his arm amputated after it reoccured and his arm broke while pitching in Montreal for the SF Giants.

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babpeace April 01 2014 at 5:32 PM

where's the video?

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gerards2171 April 01 2014 at 10:27 AM

Tough injury for a catcher. God speed for a fast recovery.

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Stacy April 01 2014 at 10:12 AM

"The 64-year-old Baylor is a survivor of multiple myeloma, a cancer that attacks bone marrow. He was diagnosed with the cancer in 2003, and he is active in fundraising efforts to combat the disease."

This is the reason his femur broke. Bone cancer causes weak bones. You can see that he twists his right leg while catching the ball. He wasn't hit by the ball.

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ladygolfer Stacy April 01 2014 at 10:31 AM

Thanks for clearing that up for everybody, Stacy. I watched the video and couldn't understand how he could break his leg, just bending to catch a ball. I hope he heals from this and continues to fight the good fight.

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psully8967 Stacy April 01 2014 at 11:47 AM

Not trying to nit pick and you are right about the cause of the fracture. MM is a cancer of the bone marrow and its ability to produce functioning red blood cells. Baylor most likely has a pathological fracture from a lesion which would indicate that his cancer is spreading. Unfortunately the big issue isn't the broken leg, it's what his cancer status is. He needs prayers for more than a broken femur. Very sad.

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