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Player hauled off pitch during match after being traded to another team

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Austin Jackson

Think the football transfer window is brutal? It certainly can be. But it's got nothing on baseball, as you'll see from this extraordinary moment in the MLB.

A player was literally pulled off the field during the later stages of an incredibly tight game because he was being shipped off from Detroit to Seattle.

As the video shows, one of the Detroit Tigers coaching outfit notified one of the umpires that Austin Jackson was being substituted out of the game - despite Detroit trailing 5-4 in the 7th out of nine innings - to be told that he'd just been traded to the Seattle Mariners.

That's right: with no warning, Jackson was brought off the pitch and told he was being sent 2,350 miles away to the other side of the country.

It's quite the lifestyle change - a good one, most would agree - but considering that Jackson had spent nearly five years of his life with Detroit, and had been one of their star players in beating the New York Yankees to make it to the World Series in 2012, it seems an outrageously harsh way to bow out.

The crowd clearly appreciated all that he'd done: as the news was announced over the PA system in the stadium, they came to their feet to give a standing ovation to a player who signed for the team at the end of 2009.

What could Jackson do? He simply jogged off the field for a few hugs from his now-former team-mates, and headed off down the tunnel – presumably to clear his locker.

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Being forced to uproot his life isn't the worst of it, however: Jackson wasn't even the player at the centre of the deal, but was instead just one of four pawns in a cat-and-mouse trading game cobbled together between three teams, with Detroit's real aim being to bring in David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays.

You can complain all you like about the excesses of football's transfer window - but at least Premier League players don't get subbed off to join another team while trailing 2-1 with 20 minutes left to go!

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