Younger readers might not remember Luis Salazar, who was with the Tigers in 1988 and played seven positions for us that year. Luis played for 13 seasons in San Diego, both Chicago teams, and Detroit hitting .261 with 94 career homers and 455 RBI. The 11 year old Rogo was a big fan of Luis during his lone Tiger season.
Salazar, now 54, is the manager of the Braves' Class A ballclub and was standing at the rail of the Atlanta dugout yesterday when he was hit by a foul ball off the bat of All-Star catcher Brian McCann. A motionless Salazar was given oxygen, taken off the field on a stretcher, and airlifted to a local hospital.
Luis reportedly suffered multiple facial fractures and underwent surgery both last night and today. Word is, he'll probably require more surgery and may not regain vision in his left eye. I'm sure that I'm not alone in hoping that this turns out to not be true.