Posted by MikeT23 on 10/26/2012 3:06:00 PM (view original):
Posted by deathinahole on 10/26/2012 3:02:00 PM (view original):Batters are instructed to move. Pitchers aren't.
Batters get hit in the face too. Should they wear a shield? At the very least, they don't take off their helmet and go "the odds are I'm going to get hit in the face anyway".
Should pitchers wear shinguards? 64% of pitchers hit by batted balls are hit below the belt. At what point do we say "This just isn't safe. Scrap this ******* game!"
Seriously, I have to drive to the gym in a couple of hours. Exercising could cause cardiac arrest. It happens. Or I could get hit by a car on the way. It happens. Should I skip the gym? Or should I say "Life is full of risks. You can't live it if you hope to avoid all of them."
Last time I checked, it's pretty hard to get killed having a batted ball cranked off your shin.
Even if you break it down to "career ending injury" instead of "killed", I'm not against a helmet for the pitcher. I think the first pitcher that does it will be a Jacques Plante, who was the first goalie to wear a mask; ridicule, mockery, then other pitchers do it, then 40 years from now he's hailed as an innovator.