Ex-Rockies manager Don Baylor breaks leg in freak accident

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Former Rockies manager Don Baylor and now the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Angels broke his right leg while catching the ceremonial first pitch on Monday, March 31, 2014. (Credit: YouTube)

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Just days after signing star phenom Mike Trout to an extension, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim got off to a rough start in their opener Monday night — and that was before they lost to the Seattle Mariners, 10-3.

Hitting coach Don Baylor, the first manager of the Rockies from 1993-1998 and also their hitting coach in 2010, broke his right femur in a freak accident while catching the ceremonial first pitch from former player Vladimir Guerrero.

Baylor had his left knee on the ground and his right leg propped up waiting the pitch from Guerrero, a former Angels player who announced his retirement Monday night and signed a one-day contract with the team.

As the pitch comes in low and to the right, Baylor’s leg breaks. He stayed on the ground until Guerrero came in, not knowing the extent of the injury. As Baylor stood up, his leg buckled again.

He was helped off the field, but he was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center and will have surgery today.

Baylor, a former Angels player, is in his first year as the Angels’ hitting coach.