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(Bleacher Report)   MLB to make protective headgear an available option for all MLB pitchers, a mandatory requirement for all Houston Astros pitchers   (bleacherreport.com) divider line 25
    More: Spiffy, Astros, Major League Baseball, Brandon McCarthy, J.A. Happ, pitchers, MLBPA, HAPP, Diamondbacks  
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2013-12-21 08:49:16 AM  
Does that include HANS devices? Inquiring minds (and Josh Beckett) want to know....
 
2013-12-21 10:44:49 AM  
Goddamndogassastros
 
2013-12-21 10:51:28 AM  
I look forward to  Fernando Rodney of Tampa Bay tweaking his cockeyed . . .
 
2013-12-21 11:06:35 AM  
Were they prevented from wearing headgear before?
 
2013-12-21 11:07:05 AM  
Including picture of said headgear would have been nice.
 
2013-12-21 11:12:49 AM  

Creoena: Including picture of said headgear would have been nice.


That also. I've seen this reported in a few different places this week, and no pictures of said headgear.
 
2013-12-21 11:37:30 AM  

MFAWG: Creoena: Including picture of said headgear would have been nice.

That also. I've seen this reported in a few different places this week, and no pictures of said headgear.


I don't think they could break uniform with the other players on the diamond. Chipper Jones got in trouble for pulling his socks up high outside his pants until the rest of the players did the same.
 
2013-12-21 11:37:49 AM  
Here would be an example of a pitchers helmet:

img.fark.net
 
2013-12-21 11:45:45 AM  

OrionXVI: Here would be an example of a pitchers helmet:

[img.fark.net image 550x473]


Ugggh. That farking thing is ugly.

Something wrong with a batting helmet?
 
2013-12-21 11:48:45 AM  

Mercutio879: MFAWG: Creoena: Including picture of said headgear would have been nice.

That also. I've seen this reported in a few different places this week, and no pictures of said headgear.

I don't think they could break uniform with the other players on the diamond. Chipper Jones got in trouble for pulling his socks up high outside his pants until the rest of the players did the same.


Uh, no. There are various levels of stirrup heights  every night. Changing headgear to a non- uniform item might be a different matter. I know Olerud wore a batting helmet in the field due to a medical condition, and Ichiro Suzuki's hat is slightly different than the standard 59-50.
 
2013-12-21 12:01:54 PM  

MFAWG: OrionXVI: Here would be an example of a pitchers helmet:

[img.fark.net image 550x473]

Ugggh. That farking thing is ugly.

Something wrong with a batting helmet?


It's a matter of weight/balance. A lot of pitchers feel that something bulky like a helmet would mess with their delivery.
 
2013-12-21 12:03:53 PM  

studleystudstutterson: MFAWG: OrionXVI: Here would be an example of a pitchers helmet:

[img.fark.net image 550x473]

Ugggh. That farking thing is ugly.

Something wrong with a batting helmet?

It's a matter of weight/balance. A lot of pitchers feel that something bulky like a helmet would mess with their delivery.


Fair enough. I'll hate it but live with it.
 
2013-12-21 12:11:48 PM  
Honestly if I were a pitcher I would welcome this, from the wind up and delivery, most pitchers don't have the reaction time - although getting hit is rare, it does happen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC39VdPtWj4

Just watch this, yes you would wear that ugly son of a gun too.
 
2013-12-21 02:39:17 PM  
Do what the NHL did and make it mandatory for all new players.  And put some serious $ into a cool-looking helmet.  Hell, one reason I didn't wear a bike helmet as a kid was the helmets back then looked so lame.
 
2013-12-21 02:42:18 PM  
Learn to field your position!

/with cat-like reflexes
 
2013-12-21 03:17:04 PM  

upndn: Learn to field your position!

/with cat-like reflexes


Its going to look retarded as hell but I support it 100%
 
2013-12-21 03:51:03 PM  
i.a.cnn.net

Gibby didn't need no helmet
 
2013-12-21 04:13:21 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Goddamndogassastros


Came for this. Leaving... still mildly annoyed but oddly satisfied.
 
2013-12-21 04:33:38 PM  

Tavillion: Leaving... still mildly annoyed but oddly satisfied


I hear ya.
 
2013-12-21 04:43:31 PM  
It may be ugly but it's not as ugly as someone knocked out with a head injury caused by a come-backer. This is something I think MLB should change about baseball. It would then be adopted by the minor leagues, college, high school and little leagues, etc., which would be a good thing. It wouldn't change the game, just make it safer.

There are also discussions going on within MLB about not allowing the catcher to block the plate, which I am not convinced would be a change they should make (even though I'm a SF Giants fan). It changes the way the game is played and would introduce new rules. Blocking the plate is optional (the Giants, for instance, have instructed Buster Posey not to block the plate) so I'm leaning toward leaving the rules the way they are.
 
2013-12-21 06:09:28 PM  
I could swear I saw this story here only 2 days ago. But maybe it's just me head injury talking.
 
2013-12-21 06:11:17 PM  

bearded clamorer: [i.a.cnn.net image 479x680]

Gibby didn't need no helmet


If any comebackers got within 10 feet of him, he'd simply scowl and the ball would explode.
 
2013-12-21 06:46:28 PM  
 
2013-12-21 07:48:30 PM  

red5ish: There are also discussions going on within MLB about not allowing the catcher to block the plate,


There are no discussions. It's a done deal.
 
2013-12-21 09:06:03 PM  

The Bestest: red5ish: There are also discussions going on within MLB about not allowing the catcher to block the plate,

There are no discussions. It's a done deal.


All except the part where they write the new rule, get it passed by the rules committee, get it approved by the owners and get it approved by the MLB Players Association.
The managers and general managers have agreed to the change - in theory - but it's still in the works.
 
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