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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why do you oppose safety for the players?

You say you do but you really don't.  Yankee fans want their pitchers to make David Ortiz uncomfortable.  No, not throw at him, just pitch inside.  Yeah, right.  Ortiz would only become uncomfortable if he is terrified of serious injury, possible death.  Make penalties for hitting batters flush, especially in the head, such that pitchers simply won't do it.

I've advocated eliminating the catching position.  No one supports that.  Why?  It's part of the game, the universal excuse for doing nothing.  At least now catchers are examined for concussion.  What, you thought all those years that getting belted in the head by foul balls multiple times a game did no damage?

60 years ago when batting helmets were being introduced, players resisted but so did fans.  Why change things?  After all only one player, Ray Chapman, had been killed by being hit in the head with a pitch.

No pitchers have been killed, so why should changes be made to protect pitchers?

The Top Priority: Safety or Vanity?
Alex Torres Stands Alone Wearing Safer Isoblox Hat
By BILLY WITZJULY 22, 2014  The New York Times

Since Torres began wearing the cap in a June 21 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he has been laughed at by opponents, razzed by teammates and mocked by fans. But he is resolute about wearing it...

Mets pitcher Dillon Gee is glad there is an option to wear a more protective cap, but he views the danger of being hit as an unlikely occupational hazard, reasoning that there are millions of pitches thrown during the course of a baseball season.

“Yes, it’s dangerous and can be life-threatening, but unless you’re out there pitching with a hockey mask, you’re not going to be totally protected,” he said.

I can remember when hockey goalies did not wear a mask.  At one time baseball catchers did not wear masks.

Everyone should wear catcher's gear. Saturday, July 5, 2008

I've advocated padding the walls with the stuff in the bottom of the pole vault pit.  Failing that, make catching a fly on the warning path not an out; this reduces the chances of a fielder running into a wall.  But most fans prefer for their amusement that players run full speed into a wall while looking in the opposite direction.  Amazing that's not an Olympic sport.

Randy Johnson August 27, 2008
by SD Dirk via Wikimedia Commons
If pitchers are not required to wear a hockey mask, then they must be moved back or placed behind the protective screen used in batting practice.  Basic fairness dictates that pitches should be released from the same distance, not that the pitchers start their motions from the same distance.  Yankee relief pitcher David Robertson is 5'11" but has one of the longest strides.  He essentially leaps off the mound and releases the ball much closer than he would without a mound.  That simulates more speed and less reaction time for the batter, both to hit and to duck.  Eliminate the mound.  It's just a groundskeeping oddity.

Two Hall of Fame pitchers demonstrate how silly the 60'6" rule is.  By the way, that distance is measured to the BACK of home plate, not the FRONT, so the pitcher is 17 inches closer than you probably think.  Whitey Ford is 5'10", Randy Johnson is 6'10".  With that extra foot in height, Johnson must have released his pitches much closer to home plate than Ford.  How is that fair?  It's an advantage that probably dwarfs that of performance enhancing drugs (PED).

The ball could also be made less lively.

So, why do you oppose safety for the players?

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