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Brandon McCarthy might try a pitching helmet, but doesn’t think they should be mandatory

Sep 27, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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An update on Brandon McCarthy, who tells Susan Slusser that, compared to a lot of things, getting his skull fractured by a line drive was not particularly painful.  Viva adrenaline I guess.

He also talks about pitching helmets, which we’ve discussed here before.  He tells Slusser that he’d maybe try one, but that he doesn’t think such a thing should be forced on anyone:

I’m all in favor of innovation … and if in 50 years, every pitcher is wearing some sort of soft-shell helmet that looks different, that will be all right. But I don’t want it to be mandatory.”

Seems sensible given that, unlike say seat belts in cars and even batting helmets for hitters, protecting a pitcher’s head is not something that addresses a large-scale threat. It is undeniably dangerous to get smacked with a comebacker, but it’s not a common thing either.

Like we’ve noted before, however, even if it’s not mandated — and I don’t think it should be —  it’s probably something that will happen eventually just because  of technology improving and certain players just choosing to do it and having the habit just become more and more acceptable.

  1. cur68 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    That guy’s so cool, if he does it, everyone will want to do it. That’s why I hate him.

    • Utley's Hair - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      As if having a wife like that doesn’t play into it at all…

      • cur68 - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        Yeah, its part of the coolness. OF COURSE Mr. Tall Witty Pro-Ballplayer has a hot wife. Of course. Jeez.

  2. savocabol1 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    With a wife like he has, he is allowed to do anything.

  3. butchhuskey - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    If the A’s make the playoffs this year, it will be quite the story. Not only did they trade many proven players in the offseason for prospects, but they also had to deal with a lot of adversity : Brandon Inge’s injury, Bartolo Colon’s suspension, McCarthy getting hit in the head, Brett Anderson going down, and having a team chock full of rookies who have never been in a pennant race.

    • El Bravo - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      WTF happened to Manny? I truthfully forgot.

      • butchhuskey - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        He served his 50 game suspension and was playing in the minors, but not hitting for any power. The A’s never brought him up to the big club and he asked to be released, so they let him go.

  4. Jason @ IIATMS - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    McCarthy is one of my most favorite “not playing for my favorite laundry” guys in MLB today. Everything about this guy comes across as though he totally gets it, whatever “it” is. Media, stats, the game, progress, etc. Dude just gets it.

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