Should baseball players wear helmets?
by LxLabrosse on November 13, 2014 - 10:04am
<p>I'd like to talk about one of the major controversial topics in baseball. My topic is: «Should baseball pitchers wear helmets?» Personally, I think that pitchers wearing is the right idea, but then again I don't think I would. It's hard to give a clear reason why, but I mean I've been pitching without a helmet for over 13 years, and it would feel extremely weird to suddenly change that habit. I'm prettty sure I'd feel very uncomfortable pitching that way. Then again, getting beamed in the by a baseball hit in your direction at 95mph does sound dangerous, and if that were to happen, I would indeed want to have a helmet on. Even though it's rare, baseballs hit to pitchers head happen once in a while, and they're always very scary moments. Obviously, serious brain, skull and face damage can be done and the effects can be devastating on both the short term and long term. I feel like this rule about wearing helmets is going to change when someone gets hit, and sadly, actually dies. Because right now, every pitcher knows about the danger but we don't actually think it's gonna happen. I read a very interesting article about this topic (link will be below) in which they sort of compare the situation of pitchers wearing a helmet, with the mandatory rule that base coaches need to wear a helmet after the tragic death of Mike Coolbaugh, who was killed after by getting hit by a line-drive while coaching at first base. The policy that baseball coaches needed to wear helmets was applied shortly after, and this article thinks it's going to be same thing for baseball pitchers. I also watched a video in which they the first major league pitcher ever to wear a new designed cap that makes it more protectice, and the commentators of the game comment for a really long time about the pros and cons of this new cap. Once again, the main pro is that it's protectice and it's a good step forward towards player safety, but the main con is that it looks really weird and it goes out of the baseball tradition. I must admit that I really agree with the fact it looks weird, and I, unfortunately, wouldn't be ready to wear it, because I fear it would change the way I pitch.</p>