but he never said once that people who wear pads should be paid less than people who don't.
He said people choose to do it because the amount of money (or joy of the sport) they get is worth it. He never once compared the money pitchers get to athletes in other sports.
Those events happen, but they are pretty uncommon. In some cases, the pitcher is able to catch the ball, depends on how fast the ball is going off the bat though. Pitchers aren't the only players who can fall victim to a hit by the ball, it happens to the basemen as well from time to time, though they do have a further distance to react to the play. Pretty sure a couple of grounders have hit basemen in the junk before.
They know the risks involved. Every sport has injury risks. Football players know there is a chance they could have a concussion, even with a helmet, and they still do it anyway. I'm all for making things safer, but if making it safer for pitchers also greatly hinders their pitching ability, then no one is going to want that. If they start pitching wildly, they could also put the hitter in major risk of hitting them.
With wooden bats, it's really not THAT big of a problem. Yeah, concussions and all and some broken bones in your face, but you'll recover from that POSSIBLY one time it happens in your career.
However, metal bats are a different story. In LITTLE LEAGUE (you know, 10 year olds), balls hit off metal bats have been hit so hard they've actually killed a few kids, generally by hitting them in the chest and stopping the heart.
The risk is actually quite small, it's far more likely that the batter will get a broken hand/arm/etc. from being hit by a 95+ mph fastball than the pitcher getting hit with a line drive.
Yes, it happens, it happened I think two or three times in the last 2 years, but you have enough reaction time to turn your head, you won't get hit in the face. Yes, it can fracture your skull (I think it happened to a Blue Jays pitcher last year) but it's highly unlikely.
Good grief what is with the blatant idiotic trolling here, as if nobody here watched baseball in the 90s except you and you're some sort of expert here to enlighten us, do tell us how we've all been duped.
I came by because LaTroy Hawkins (who I didn't even realize was still pitching) had a comebacker hit him in the groin last night and he wasn't wearing a cup. Now maybe some of the padding mentioned in this thread is a bit extreme, but you'd think that'd be the one that everybody would wear, apparently not.
As for pitchers & their risky position on the field, when you consider the average starter will throw around 3000 pitches and be subject to a close call with comebackers 2-3 times per year it's not really that big a deal, most pitchers for all they're derided have the reactions to either get out of the way or deflect it. Are the odd one or two a season hurt by comebackers, yeah, but in the grand scheme of things the vast majority of pitchers manage it without any real harm, so I don't think we're in a position where pitchers need riot gear quite yet.
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