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The average pitcher is more likely to die in a car crash over his lifetime then get hit in the head by a line drive during his MLB career.
Let’s ban the X-games, where Snowmobiler Caleb Moore died in January, as a result of injuries he suffered. Let’s get rid of strongman contests, where guys get vicious hernias and vomit up intestines. Don’t forgetskydiving and NASCAR. Girls’ soccer is a concussion factory .
Pitchers dying isn't part of the game, but nobody's ever died. There's no evidence this is happening more often and pitchers themselves don't really want to wear helmets. Every incident where something dangerous happens in sports is not a crisis that involves radical change.
Pitchers dying isn't part of the game
While we're at it lets remove batting helmets as players went without for a century with only one guy dying from it. Protective cups? C'mon, a player who can't protect himself shouldn't be in the majors, or at least not on the field. And so on.
Sigh. These macho guys who say any protection is a negative need a kick in the rear.
Haven't most of the pitchers that have been hit gotten hit in places where a helmet wouldn't have really helped all that much? If they really want to protect a pitcher's head they may need to go with a hockey-goalie style mask similar to the ones Charlie O'Brien helped design, no?
Well, if we have taken their cups awat, I say approach the kick from the other side...
With the protective head gear one could have the third option of ducking into the ball so to speak. Sort of similar to the way BP pitchers just duck behind the screen.
I freely admit to catching 10-15 games over the past year or two without a cup. Though that's more laziness and stupidity than machoness.
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