Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 3/20/13
Your browser does not support iframes.An unusual circumstance took place during Tuesday's spring training game between the Angels and Brewers.Home plate umpire Seth Buckminster exited the game with two outs in the first inning after being struck on the hand by an errant pitch. This forced the rest of the umpire crew to improvise.Base umpire Anthony Johnson then left the game so that he could suit up to replace Buckminster behind the plate. This left Tim McClelland and Jim Joyce as the two remaining umpires of the field. To prevent a delay of the game, McClelland positioned himself behind the pitcher's mound and proceeded to call balls and strikes for the next three hitters."Just keep it moving," McClelland said. "We didn't want people to sit. Both managers agreed to it, and I knew it wasn't going to be long. This way we didn't have to sit and could keep the game going."With McClelland serving as the oddly positioned home plate umpire, Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton grounded out to end the top of the first. Brewers outfielder led off the bottom of the frame with a single followed by a homer by Rickie Weeks.Johnson finally emerged from the clubhouse to the applause of 5,566 fans at Maryvale Baseball Stadium when Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was at the plate."It's still baseball," Weeks said. "Guys still have to go out there and play hard. It's just unfortunate for the umpire who was out there. Only in spring training."Via ESPN
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