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Umpire Brian O’Nora leaves Cubs-Rockies game mid-inning


An MLB umpire left a game at Coors Field Monday night mid-inning — never to return — in a truly strange situation.

The strange scene occurred in the top of the third inning of the Cubs-Rockies game when home plate umpire Brian O’Nora stopped play and began running toward the dugout.

The action was halted for 15 minutes while second base umpire Tom Hanahan took over behind home plate.

When play resumed, the game ended with only three umpires and O’Nora never returned behind the plate.

An official explanation never came, but ESPN reported that O’Nora was not feeling well and shouldn’t work for Tuesday night’s game.

“He was sick. I think he was throwing up or something,” Rockies starter Kyle Freeland told the Denver Post after the game. “That never happened to me. I don’t remember ever seeing a home plate umpire being taken out, like with a foul ball or something, and having to change.

“Not while I’m casting, at least.”

Home plate umpire Brian O’Nora (7) inspects the glove of Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland during the second inning against the Cubs at Coors Field on September 11, 2023.
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The Cubs won the game 5-4 and entered Tuesday night with a two-game lead for the second National League wild card spot.

O’Nora, who has been umpiring in the majors since 1992, has appeared in three different All-Star Games (2000, 2010, 2019) and one World Series (2012).


New York Post

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