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Blue Jays relief pitcher TJ House took a trip to the hospital after a scary incident during Friday’s spring training game against the Detroit Tigers, taking what’s called a “comebacker”, a line drive hit that injures the pitcher before he even knows what’s happening.
It’s a common occurrence in all levels of baseball, and it’s probably time that something should be done about it.
Baseball is a very traditional sport by it’s nature. The game hasn’t changed much in it’s 100+ years of existence. Instant reply reviews didn’t become part of the sport until this past decade. Helmets for batters didn’t become mainstream until the 1960s.
If you take a look at home plate, the batter wears a helmet, as does the umpire and back catcher. Why doesn’t the player at the closest line of fire wear anything to protect themselves.
Alex Torres recently became a player of note to bring attention to the safety of pitchers, wearing a padded ball cap after seeing teammate Ty Cobb take a baseball to the head.
“I don’t care how I look, I care about the protection,” – Alex Torres to ESPN
At the moment, the MLB is in a big period of change. With recent rule changes coming for replays and intentional walks, maybe some safety rule changes should be looked at as well.