Reliever Logan Taylor of the Las Vegas 51s was attacked on July 1st
More information has come out this weekend about the attack that occurred last week. While in Salt Lake City for a minor league game with the Las Vegas 51s, Taylor noticed that he was being followed. A 33-year-old homeless man approached him and demanded his wallet. The man was armed with a tire iron and a sock full of rocks. Taylor replied that he did not have any money on him.
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In response, Taylor was hit with the tire iron, and would ultimately suffer a concussion. He had to receive about seven staples in the back of his head when he was treated later in the night.
Taylor did attempt to fight back though, grabbing his assailant by the wrists while he was about to swing at him.
Taylor wasn’t fully alone when this happened though. A couple of his teammates were with him, including Dominic Smith. Manager Pedro Lopez had the following to say about the incident:
"“There were a couple guys that saw it, Dom (Smith) and (Kevin) McGowan. They tried to go after the guy when they realized it was Logan, but (the police) ended up catching the guy later on.”"
The man is now in custody.
Taylor is on the disabled list and expected to return after the All-Star break. Obviously it’s great to hear that he’ll be okay, but no one can deny that this is quite a scary situation to be in. It’s good that he wasn’t alone when it happened and he was able to quickly get the help he needed, and it’s good that no one else got hurt — and that nothing worse happened as well.