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MLB Umpire

Torii Hunter Broke My

Nose ... But I Forgive Him

8/16/2012 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0816_greg_gibson_torii_hunter_getty_articleMLB umpire Greg Gibson suffered a broken nose and a nasty gash near his eye when L.A. Angels star Torii Hunter accidentally cleated him in the face during Wednesday's game ... but Gibson tells TMZ he isn't holding a grudge.

We spoke with the 43-year-old umpire ... who tells us he's recovering nicely after Hunter's foot collided with his face during a botched slide at home plate.  

Gibson says he required 5 stitches to close the wound near his eye. During an exam with an Angels team doctor during the game, Gibson says he was informed the bridge of his nose was fractured.

Doctors also performed a CT scan, but determined he did NOT suffer any head trauma.

Gibson tells us ... Hunter visited him after the game and apologized.

Gibson says Hunter seemed "upset and worried" about the accident ... but the umpire tells us he doesn't blame Torii ... chalking it up to a "freak play ... an accident."

In fact, Gibson says Hunter is one of the nicest guys in the league ... "One of the princes of the game."

Gibson says he has another eye exam Friday morning ... and if he passes, he hopes to get back on the job ASAP.

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1.

Areader    

This is good news!

797 days ago
2.

laffnbear    

Hunter acted like a gentleman and one class act. Bravo! and good going. He is the sort of man to be admired and looked up to.

797 days ago
3.

Kabala    

Sue his azz! :-D

797 days ago
4.

Pat    

Glad he's going to be ok. If he has any loss of sight or anything that keeps him from being an MLB ump, he can always become a Big10 football or basketball official...

797 days ago
5.

Michael    

I have been an Angels fan for over 40 years and was watching this game live last night when it happened. He was down on the ground for over a minute. If you look at the replay from a few angles, it was NOT Hunters fault. He was trying to slide around the tag and fell very awkwardly while trying to touch home around the tag. I hope the ump is ok.....BUT.... I think this umpire was TOO CLOSE to the play to avert the possibility of this happening. Either way he got a standing ovation from our respectful fans when he got up and walked off the field and the ANGELS WON!!! : )

797 days ago
6.

badabing    

Was Hunter called out then? I'm just curious... Nice guy though!

797 days ago
7.

royalredus    

Ain't that a kick in the head!

797 days ago
8.

Harlin's Garage    

For now.... Down the road, countersuit, pain n sufferin, lost wages, racial profiling, sexual battery, phantom whiplash..... Smell a quick settlement....
Darrell trying to keep it real folk.. No charge.

797 days ago
9.

Carl    

Leave your mask on next time.

797 days ago
10.

mebrat24    

Tori is one of the nicest guys in baseball, down to earth and loves the game. I miss watching his smile when he has one of his great catches out in center field. Minnesota twins lost one of the good ones when they traded him.

797 days ago
11.

verlinda    

The pic shows his cleat at the side of the ump head. How did the Bridge of her nose get broke???

797 days ago
12.

Sersi    

That is part of playing sports, sometimes accidents happen. I am just glad that he is ok.

797 days ago
13.

john johnson    

....that came from PLASTIC cleates, if those were metal(which is usually worn) that would be really gross.

797 days ago
14.

Glenn    

Doesn't look like he hit his nose at all

797 days ago
15.

LDB    

Well ain't that a kick in the head

797 days ago
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