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A Mets pitcher threw a ball so hard that it left an imprint on his catcher

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Nearly a full year into his MLB career, New York Mets starter Noah Syndergaard has established himself as one of the hardest throwing pitchers in baseball. With an average fastball velocity of 98.3 miles per hour through three starts this season, Syndergaard is on pace to become the hardest throwing pitcher since the stat has been tracked -- beginning in 2002.

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His impeccable velocity presents an obvious disadvantage for opposing batters, but as his catcher learned Monday night, it can also present a huge risk for anybody in the line of fire.

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Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki attempts to block a bouncing pitch in the dirt with his chest. Below is a photo of what happened next. Keep in mind that catchers wear sturdy chest protectors behind the plate.

This should serve as a warning to batters, catchers and umpires alike: If you attempt to stop a Syndergaard pitch, you will certainly pay the price.

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A Mets pitcher threw a ball so hard that it left an imprint on his catcher

29. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays

The only things worse than this warehouse-looking place are the metric measurements on the outfield walls.

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23. Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels

Nothin’ like some fake rocks in center field to really set the mood for a baseball game.

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22. Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians

The fact that it’s no longer Jacobs Field bumps this down at least five spots.

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21. Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

Can this place just stay out of the playoffs just once?

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19. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

Center field is the deepest part of the stadium, guys. The wall doesn’t need to be that high.

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5. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Relax, Fenway is definitely an amazing place to watch a game. But sitting directly behind a pole and/or facing the left-center field wall just isn’t always appealing.

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