Amidst all the playoff planning by the Arizona Diamondbacks came a bit of a scary scene as hitting coach Don Baylor was taken from the visitors clubhouse on a stretcher after fainting due to some lightheadedness. He was taken to a local Milwaukee hospital as a precaution as well as some further evaluation according to Arizona GM Kevin Towers.
Initial reports from Milwaukee where Arizona Republic beat writer Nick Piecoro are encouraging. Piecoro reported that according to Towers, the initial tests were encouraging including an EKG heart test. A CT scan is planned and team doctors are with Baylor at the hospital.
"After those test, we'll probably have more to say. Everything looks good as of now," Towers told Piecoro.
The 62-year-old Baylor has been apart of Major League Baseball since back in 1970 when he made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles, spending 18 years in the majors as a player before calling it quits with the Oakland A's in 1988. Baylor was the first manager of the expansion Colorado Rockies from 1993-98, winning the National League manager of the year in 1995.
He would also manage the Chicago Cubs from 2000-2002. He served as the bench coach for the New York Mets, hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners, and was as a fill-in analyst in 2007 on Washington Nationals broadcasts. Baylor was the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, until joining the Diamondbacks on October 25, 2010, with a two-year contract as hitting coach.