Originally Posted by RedsManRick
I'm pretty sure the helmet is to protect them from line drives, which still happened back in the day when pitchers could pitch inside.
Seriously though, people have scoffed at nearly every safety measure in sports, from football helmets to hockey goalie masks. I doubt many people would want to roll those back.
I have no problem with the existence of safety gear in sports. I only dislike it when it becomes required. I love to see a football league in which some players wear helmets while others do not.