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Brandon McCarthy sounds off on pitcher helmets

May 8, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

Pitcher safety is being talked about again after J.A. Happ was hit in the head by a line drive yesterday and Brandon McCarthy, who needed brain surgery after being struck by a line drive last season, posted some interesting thoughts on Twitter just now:

He’s right in that “make pitchers wear helmets” doesn’t solve anything because helmets won’t protect every spot on which a pitcher is vulnerable. There have been some recent inventions of modified helmets for pitchers that allege better protection–a padded hat, for instance–but so far at least they haven’t advanced to the point of being viable in the majors.

So yeah, I agree with McCarthy that someone shouting about what should be done right now is probably just shouting to shout, but as far as a general discussion about something it’s still pretty damn important and will hopefully convince some smart people to “get out their tool kits and make a good one

(Incidentally, you should follow McCarthy on Twitter because he’s funny and smart and interesting.)

  1. Francisco (FC) - May 8, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Incidentally, you should follow McCarthy on Twitter because he’s funny and smart and interesting

    and doggone it people like him!

    • number42is1 - May 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      And has a SMOKING HOT Wife

      • indaburg - May 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        Who is also funny and smart and interesting. Only WAG I follow.

      • stex52 - May 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        I have to agree. If anyone is more fun to follow than Brandon it would have to be Amanda.

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 8, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Stupid question, but would this work?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Here’s the wiki page for the product:

    • rmcd13 - May 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Most of my favorite people have been hit in the head with a shovel.

  3. manute - May 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    “No discussion to be had”?

    Um, OK, if you say so. And while we’re at it, let’s all stop talking about football players and concussions.

    You’re right! It’s real simple. #jocklogic

    • Kevin S. - May 8, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      There are ready-to-implement upgrades available for football helmets.

    • dowhatifeellike - May 8, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      No, there’s no discussion to be had because pitchers aren’t going to do it. None of the proposed solutions are adequate.

      Batters with helmets still get injured far more than pitchers do without them, but every time a pitcher takes a shot to the head we act like it’s a crisis. It’s not.

  4. billymc75 - May 8, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    problem is head weight is a big part of pitching.

    • mazblast - May 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Weight and balance are the big concerns. There are literally so many moving parts in the act of throwing a baseball, and so many variations, that a one-size-fits-all pitching helmet is a virtual impossibility.

  5. buckybadger - May 8, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Just like so many other safety measures in sports you don’t start this in the majors. You start it in little league and H.S. When a player plays with some sort of protection their whole life than they don’t really know any different.

    Of course there is a discussion to be had. It is stupid to say unless you don’t have the solution right now than you should just keep your mouth shut. If you don’t start a discussion how do every expect something to change? You start the discussion and than the people who are in a position to make the change will have more pressure to do so.

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