Originally Posted by 757690
I think that there a significant and meaningful difference between a batter facing a pitched ball and a pitcher facing a batted ball.
A batter is focusing on hitting the ball, and expecting it somewhere around the strike zone.
A pitcher, after he has released the pitch, is focusing on the ball and if it is hit. He is, or at least should be, expecting the ball to be hit back at him. At the very least, his primary focus after pitching the ball, is re-acting to the results of the pitched ball.
If a ball goes near a hitter, it is very unexpected. It only happens a few times a game, and the hitter is zoned in on hitting it, not getting out of it's way.
But a batted ball gets hit back towards the pitcher all the time, a few times an inning in some cases, and the pitcher is focused on re-acting to the batted ball.
Hitters get hit by a pitch all the time, but pitchers rarely get hit with a batted ball, even though there are far more times that a pitcher needs to get out of the way of batted ball than a hitter needs to get out of the way of a pitched ball.
This is why I think it's smart to have hitters wear helmets, but not pitchers.
I'm guessing you didn't watch the Sports Science video I posted above. Batters may get hit more often, but pitchers are subject to balls hit back towards them at a much higher rate of velocity and with more than twice the amount of force.
Watch the Bryce Florie portion of the video. He had no chance to react. A ball launched at 120 mph towards a pitcher 55 feet away after following through on his delivery has little chance to react in time to defend himself.