Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 8/28/12

During Tuesday's Pirates-Cardinals game, Pirates elft fielder Jose Tabata hit a single to right field in the second inning. Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran came up throwing, and fired a laser to Yadier Molina at home plate. Josh Harrison flew into Molina like a missile...but Molina held on to the ball. Harrison's collision with Molina was completely un-necessary, as he threw his forearm and shoulder in front of himself before the collision, smashing Molina in the face and knocking his helmet and mask off.

I'm all for tough, hard-nosed baseball, but this play is reprehensible. This isn't a Buster Posey situation, where his legs got tangled up and got hurt. Harrison went straight for Molina's head. That's a fine in the NFL, where collisions are part of the daily routine. I'm assuming that Harrison will be getting a call from the commissioner's office with a fine and possibly a suspension, and it's totally deserved in this case. You don't try to hurt a guy.

Molina exited the game before the next inning, and was replaced by Tony Cruz. I really hope he's not seriously hurt. Losing his bat and glove would be a huge blow for the Cardinals, especially this late in the season in hte midst of a pennant race.

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