Catchers are padded up and wear a helmet. Batters are padded up (to a lesser extent) and also wear a helmet. But what about pitchers? They sit out there with no padding and nothing more than a cloth hat separating themselves from a potential life altering experience.
That’s something Arizona Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy knows quite well as the former Oakland Athletics arm had to have emergency brain surgery after taking a line drive off his head in 2012.
McCarthy’s nothing more than a number though in the amount of pitchers who’ve recently dealt with injury (many of them head related) thanks to comeback hits, so the league has decided to give pitchers more protection. According to McCarthy, Major League Baseball will allow pitchers to wear protective headgear and FOX Sports says it will be ready for the 2014 season:
“It’s going to look silly,” McCarthy said. “But it should be strong enough and capable enough that literally, if I got hit by the same exact ball, I would have been able to keep pitching in that game.”
Silly or not, there’s no reason for pitchers to take the mound void of proper protection.
A step in the right direction for Major League Baseball.