Major League Baseball has seen enough.
The league, alarmed by pitchers suffering serious head trauma when struck by batted balls, is trying to address the problem.
Specifically, baseball is looking into protective headgear that would help pitchers avoid catastrophic injuries, according to major league sources.
While some youth leagues and high schools require pitchers to wear helmets, MLB does not intend to take such an extreme step, sources say.
Instead, the sport will investigate existing products, many of which are worn under a pitcher’s cap and would not dramatically change the cap’s appearance.
Furthermore, Baseball’s Medical Advisory Committee plans to tackle the issue when it gathers at the winter meetings in December.
... To achieve more immediate change, baseball almost certainly will need to involve the players’ union, which could help educate pitchers on the merits of wearing protective headgear.
All of that, however, is in the future.
The first step for baseball was to acknowledge that its pitchers are in danger. Now, finally, the true work can begin.
Posted: September 18, 2012 at 05:02 AM | 42 comment(s)
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