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Friday, August 04, 2017

Handful of MLB pitchers using protective cap insert

Last Friday it happened to Robbie Ray of the Arizona Diamondbacks after a ball left the bat of the Cardinals’ Luke Voit at 108 mph. The left-hander received stitches and went on the seven-day concussion disabled list, but it was thought early in the week that he might pitch in the team’s weekend series in San Francisco. Midweek, however, Ray was sent back to Phoenix from a road trip for further testing.

The overwhelming majority of major league pitchers, presumably including Ray, wear no special head protection, just a standard, official-issue ball cap.

But several St. Louis relievers are apparently wearing safety inserts in their caps to try to minimize potential head injuries if they’re struck by a liner. On Monday KSDK-TV cited the Cardinals’ Matt Bowman, Zach Duke and Trevor Rosenthal in a story on head guards and Bowman said in a Fox Sports Midwest interview on Wednesday, “I’d say there are probably five of us now that have started to use it and there was a big wave of guys who ordered the insert after the Robbie Ray incident.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2017 at 11:12 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: head injuries, player safety

Monday, June 19, 2017

Putting the future in focus: The blueprint for baseball in 20 years

In 20 years, all players will be monitored to an intense degree. Heart rate and brain function will be watched in several ways, including through the bloodstream, and will detect when the stress level, among other levels, is too high. The monitors will determine when a player reaches failure capacity, which could reduce the risk of injury and alert a performance risk. It’s a paradox: Players are bigger, stronger and fitter today, but they get hurt more often. There will be far more healthy players and less use for the disabled list in 2037.

There will be a greater effort to outlaw takeout slides at second base, further eliminating the artistry of our best middle infielders, and rewarding those middle infielders with poor footwork and poor decision-making around the bag. Penalties will increase—a 20-game suspension, at least—for pitchers that gratuitously hit a batter with a 98 mph fastball because that pitcher—the latest being the Giants’ Hunter Strickland hitting Bryce Harper—simply wasn’t good enough to get him out. But baseball is filled with remorseless, vengeful players; retaliation is never going away; it will always be a hard game played by hard men. Human emotion is a difficult variable to control or eliminate.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 19, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: future, pace of play, player safety, rules

 

 

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