Huffing And Horhay-Ing (Updated: Photos)
David Huff of the Indians lifted up his cap and pointed to a spot above his left ear. “I never saw the ball, but I saw everything else. An inch this way, an inch down – I wouldn’t be talking to you guys. But I’m fine. I hope to make my next start.”
Huff looked bright-eyed and (figuratively) bushy-tailed on the Cleveland bench an hour before today’s matinee in the Bronx. He remains unconvinced that any additional safety measures need be taken by pitchers, especially not a helmet, even though the ball that hit him would clearly have been deflected by a helmet or even a plastic liner for his soft cap, the kind batters used to wear. “A helmet is heavy. It would just rattle around on your head, probably come off. Hey, this stuff just happens. The key is just trying to keep it from happening to you.” Huff did not say, other than trusting to luck, how exactly he’ll do that….
If 1st and 3rd Base coaches are required to wear head-gear, why not pitchers?
I remember Kaz Ishii getting beaned by a comebacker line drive while with the Dodgers, and he’s only recently getting his act back together with the Saitama Seibu Lions of the Pacific League.
Didn’t Dick Allen wear a helmet while fielding @ first base with the Phillies and White Sox? Prior head injuries need not be mentioned for others wearing head-gear, i.e. John Olerud. Marvell Wynne of the San Diego Padres in the ’80’s and early ’90’s should have worn one in right field just for general purposes!
When the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1939 started wearing inserts/linings underneath their caps…they were ridiculed. Then they wore helmets. Who is laughing now?
I know…the whole world is becoming a “nanny nation”…but, if these clubs are paying millions for these players services…why not protect their interests???
Tony Conigliaro and Jack Hamilton both would have had better lives if helmets were stronger.
I wish you well! Thanks for listening to my rant!
Baseball. I love baseball. It’s the ONLY sport where ANYONE present can leave the stadium in a gurney from a game-related injury. Think you’re safe behind the backstop screen? Pop fouls land on you. Exclusive box seats behind the dugouts put you practically in the game. Ready to stop a line drive? Only baseball gives you such intimacy.
I wonder what the most dangerous hit in all of baseball is: a line drive foul at a 5 year old child seated just above the dugout down the third base line or a comebacker from a steroid-pumped Yankee?
Baseball is clearly from from a era before lawsuits.
I don’t think baseball is an inherently dangerous sport for fans. Certainly auto-racing is much more likely to cause bystander injury. There is the maple bat issue, but it seems to me an easy fix; just don’t use maple bats. I don’t buy the idea that maple bats are so much better than ash bats that the benefits outway the risks.
MLB, or any other sports organization for that matter, is not immune from lawsuits. Most lawsuits against sports teams are not of the personal injury kind. Nothing is 100% safe. I could die tripping over my cell phone charger and hitting my head on the fireplace hearth.
Ballplayers assume the risk when they play; fans assume the risk when they go to the game. That may offend some (I’m a lawyer so I am used to offending people :>)), but it is the nature of the game. Certainly things can be done to minimize the risk, i.e helmets for pitchers, and they should be done.
Didn’t mean to preach.
I hate that there is no edit function on this blog. I really can spell I just, well, don’t do it as well as I use to. So, the word is “outweigh” not “outway”. I could have just let it go and hope nobody noticed, but I am a perfectionist. Okay, moving on.
Freak accidents make the news right along with politics, sports and the weather all the time. I just finished watching Ken Burns’ ?Baseball? documentary and noted that one ballplayer died from a smack to the noggin with a baseball. (Thankfully, Keith can’t quiz me because I can’t remember the fellow’s name. Google . . . here I come!) Years ago, my former boss was out on the fairway when a member of his golfing party took one for the team in the head with a golf ball. The guy later died.
Granted, the golfing for-instance was probably one of those million-to-one, fickle-finger-of-fate type of occurrences, and I’m not suggesting that golfers play the game clad in a suit of armor. Clearly, no one was aiming his drive at this poor fellow. (Although, ahem, the dearly departed was a lawyer, so who knows!)
Whenever I watch pro tennis, I’m always amazed at the speeds clocked by the serves of the top players. And in tennis, the players are standing much farther apart than the pitcher from the batter in baseball.
Why tempt fate? If the equipment exists or measures are in place to reduce the risk of injury to a ballplayer, then why not take advantage of them?
?Hey, this stuff just happens. The key is just trying to keep it from happening to you.” It did happen to him.? And I sincerely hope this is the last we hear about it.
P.S. Ray Chapman. 🙂
Yeah, I’ve heard the smack the lawyer with a golf ball story before :>) There is also the 9 iron, and the putter, and the golf bag and………
@mrlyngreen: The 9 iron, putter, golf bag . . .
And the golf cart; and those hellacious, freak lightning strikes that come outta nowhere on the green.
I’m just sayin’ 😀
I can understand pitchers not wanting to wear batting helmets because they do fall off pretty easy, but really, they need something. It would be easy to modify a hockey helmet, and they are quite stable on the head.
One thing is for sure, in the world of baseball nobody implements safety devices until there has been a death or critical injury. So even though most people recognize the need, we have to wait for someone to be put on life support, or worse.
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