Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays, the victim of one of baseball’s recent incidents where a line drive struck a pitcher in the head, says he would be willing to try a more protective cap.
Just not this close to the start of a new season.
Talking to Jayson Stark of ESPN, Cobb said it is simply an issue of timing. If an acceptable cap had been available for him to use from day one of Spring Training, he might consider it. But he said he and most pitchers won’t consider that type of change with the regular season around the corner.
I’m not going to try anything now. I’m five starts into spring training and two starts away from pitching in a regular-season game. So I’m not going to go that route any longer, unless it’s something that’s just completely unnoticeable…
…It’s like anything else, whatever field it is. If it’s somebody who’s at the highest level — a guitarist, a pianist, anything that is so extreme in their specific field — if you mess with something that’s going on that they’re not normally used to, it’s going to throw them off a little bit.”
Cobb likely speaks for most of, if not all of his pitching colleagues with this opinion. Hopefully there is something in place for pitchers to try well in advance of 2015.