Jul 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) sits in the dugout during the seventh inning stretch against the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija critical of protective caps


Some pitchers, when they heard of the new protective caps that could be worn, had concerns about the weight and bulk and whether it would throw off their mechanics.

Jeff Samardzija, the Chicago Cubs’ ace, has a very simple outlook on it. When asked by MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat if he would wear one, Samardzija said this:

No. They look stupid. It’s like the old school days in hockey. Those guys weren’t asking for helmets, they made them put them on. We know we put ourselves at risk when we go out there and you need to be ready at any time.

This comes a day after Cincinnati Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman was drilled in the face by a line drive. That come-backer hit Chapman where a protective cap wouldn’t protect, although there are some national writers who believe that still more must be done to protect pitchers from sharply hit line drives.

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