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So, who already drafted Chapman in fantasy?
Happ, who returned three months later, was one of a dozen major league pitchers tagged by line drives from 2008 through 2013, according to one estimate from Major League Baseball.
SSS, but this is the fourth incident in MLB in the last ~1.5 seasons. J.A. Happ, Brandon McCarthy, Alex Cobb, now Chapman. If that is really the current rate, they will have to do something, because eventually somebody's going to die.
I'm in a league with a guy who drafted both Chapman and Patrick Corbin. He's not a happy camper.
not sure you need a helmet as the top of your head seems in less danger. I would think a padded mask that covers the cheek bones, eye sockets, forehead and temple. It would look like a large googles.
Do pitchers wear padded hats in little league?
Another help is to de tune the bats. Bill James idea for thicker minimum handles, less breaks(faster games), less shrapnel, and a little less velocity on line drives
I think one thing that could happen though is pitchers would be trained to duck into the batted ball and take it off the protected top of the head rather than trying to flinch and leave their face exposed. I'm not sure that would work but it feels like a feasible system to me as the movement is basically the same as ducking behind the L screen.
Something like this, perhaps?
Chapman having surgery to put a metal plate in his head, but they are still saying he could begin throwing in 6 to 8 weeks.
The helmets all coaches wear now wouldn't actually have prevented the death (he was hit behind and below the ear), but hey, looked like a good thing at the time.
I'm in agreement with James about mandating thicker handles and heavier bats in general. Slowing down the bat speed a tick would be beneficial to the game in a lot of ways
Wouldn't a face mask / helmet of some type be a better idea than the screen? My thought is that pitchers have a lot of different follow-throughs: one screen would not fit all.
Yep, if there is one thing MLB desperately needs, it's more strikeouts.
in a game with reduced power, wouldn't walks become more rather than less important, and similarly plate discipline? I could easily see the result as more pitches taken rather than less.
hasn't this problem already been addressed and solved by cricket hurlers? a padded hat would do nothing to prevent getting hit in the flesh side of the head, but a cricket-style hard shelled helmet with a full face cage would seem to prevent this kind of incident from ever happening again.
Just scanning Google images, not a single bowler wears any kind of protective head gear. Most don't even wear hats.
in a game with reduced power, wouldn't walks become more rather than less important, and similarly plate discipline?
Less power = more scratch hits and walks.
Exactly the opposite; getting on base is less valuable in an environment where you aren't likely to be driven in.
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