The average pitcher is more likely to die in a car crash over his lifetime then get hit in the head by a line drive during his MLB career.
If this is where society is going, then we have a lot of other culprits to fix before we start imposing more safety legislation on baseball.
Let’s ban the X-games, where Snowmobiler Caleb Moore died in January, as a result of injuries he suffered. Let’s get rid of strongman contests, where guys get vicious hernias and vomit up intestines. Don’t forgetskydiving and NASCAR. Girls’ soccer is a concussion factory .
Former pitcher and ESPN analyst Curt Schilling is for the protective gear, citing the increased strength of today’s player and speed of the ball and how today’s baseballs are wound tighter like a pool ball.
He’s part of a contingent that believes Commissioner Bud Selig isn’t doing enough to prevent injuries like Happ’s.
It’s hard to expect a pitcher beyond the high school level to acknowledge protective head gear as anything but cumbersome and intrusive to the task.
...The expression, “no pain, no gain,” was made for world class athletes. That’s why Happ was back, chilling at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after suffering a skull fracture.
The public’s reverence and infatuation with pro athletes heavily lies in its belief that losing blood, sweat, tears, teeth and brain cells is part of the heroic and lucrative undertaking.
So while a pitcher might meet his death one day on the pitcher’s mound—or on the way to the store, hiking in the Himalayas, or planking, drunk on a skyscraper—it really is just part of the game.
Chill out and let the players do what they do.
Posted: May 10, 2013 at 04:32 AM | 15 comment(s)
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