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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pitchers, like Bryan Mitchell, are at the mercy of line drives. What are you willing to do about it?

Bryan Mitchell was hit in the face last night while pitching at Yankee Stadium.

Mitchell had no time to defend himself.

Mitchell was on the mound when a line drive smashed into him.  He was assisted off the field with a towel pressed over his face to stop the bleeding.

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

OK, the outfielders probably don't need it, especially if MLB implements my suggestions about padding the walls. However, the infielders, certainly the pitchers, need this protection...


Catcher's gear is exactly what they need. Yes, including the face mask. If they do not start wearing this gear, pitchers will need the screen that is used in front of the pitcher during batting practice.

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Getting hit with the ball. Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by a line drive. The 34-year-old Kuroda was not wearing a helmet. The ball blasted off Kuroda's head into the seats behind first base.

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Why do you oppose safety for the players? Wednesday, July 23, 2014

You say you do but you really don't...

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

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...

The ball could also be made less lively.

So, why do you oppose safety for the players?

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