HIT BY PITCH
Written by: Craig Shelton
I started doing Sports Talk Radio in 2007 when I hosted the "Sunday Block Party" (SBP) on CBS Radio, SportsRadio610. It was during that time when Cecil Cooper was manager of the Astros. I began making the argument to my co-host Bobby Z and the SBP listeners that Major League Baseball was behind the curve in legislating head gear into their game. We're far beyond the point now where the MLB should be mandating that their million dollar athletes wear protective head gear on the mound, as well as at the plate.
Recently, Astros prospect DeLino DeShields suffered a horrific facial injury after a HBP incident.
How long before a pitcher suffers the same horrific injury (if not death) when a batter sends a fast ball back to the mound off the head of his Louisville Slugger, cracking a pitcher's skull who is wearing NO protective head gear?
Memo to Major League Baseball. NASA put a man on the moon. You yourself Major League Baseball broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson.
How difficult can it be to use common sense and simply place a helmet on the head of a human being? A human being mind you who's only 60 feet away on the mound in the direct path of a deadly, high speed, rock-hard projectile.
Step up to the plate MLB, here comes the pitch.