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    Helmets for pitchers

    Seeing J.A. Happ getting hit by the line drive last night got me thinking, the base coaches are required to wear helmets, but why not pitchers.

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    Re: Helmets for pitchers

    My wife was asking me that exact thing last night. I told her that they should...but they won't because it won't look cool.
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    Re: Helmets for pitchers

    It's only a matter of time.

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    Re: Helmets for pitchers

    Sadly I think it will take somebody getting killed before they mandate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moewan View Post
    Sadly I think it will take somebody getting killed before they mandate it.
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    Re: Helmets for pitchers

    There is probably a new type of helmet that could be developed for pitchers. I think you would want front side protection but could possible have a less structured top. I wouldn't be surprised if someone comes up with something that ends up being effective but quite different looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattfeet View Post
    It's only a matter of time.
    I hope. And that it's sooner rather than later. Same goes for changes to the fragility of the bats and adding screening down the lines. To not have some basic safety changes is beyond absurd IMO.
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    Re: Helmets for pitchers

    I think you will see base coach type helmets eventually make it in the game for fielders. A local travel team in my area has been wearing them in the field for as long as I can remember. John Olerud used to wear one in the field, although I believe that was due to an aneurysm he had while in college. Doctors recommended he wear protective head gear while in the field.



    There is not much of a downside to it other than maybe comfort and I guess possibly the bill causing issues when you dive for a ball and it hits the ground. Although that would not be much different than a batting helmet and a head first slide.

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    Re: Helmets for pitchers

    About 6 years ago, we played a Canadian traveling team that wore the field helmets. It was mandatory for them, and while it looked a little different at first, it didn't bother them at all.

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    Re: Helmets for pitchers

    Pitchers should probably wear not only helmets but some form of basic face-guard as well.
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    Re: Helmets for pitchers

    Quote Originally Posted by moewan View Post
    Seeing J.A. Happ getting hit by the line drive last night got me thinking, the base coaches are required to wear helmets, but why not pitchers.
    Why not the base umps too?

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    Re: Helmets for pitchers

    "Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard

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    Re: Helmets for pitchers

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Why not the base umps too?
    And why not football officials, too? They have no protection at all, while sharing the field with 22 gladiators from the Colosseum.
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    Re: Helmets for pitchers

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Why not the base umps too?
    If Eric Milton was still pitching for the Reds I might advocate that fans in the left field bleachers also wear helmets (and maybe Kevlar vests).
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