Is vanity worth the life of a pitcher? Why won’t more pitchers wear protective caps?


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Thursday Miami Marlins’ pitcher Dan Jennings took a line drive to the head in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is not the first pitcher for this to happen to this year and in recent years. It seems to be becoming a scary and more common occurrence, begging the question: why aren’t more pitcher’s wearing the MLB approved protective caps?

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review has now seen it happen to three pitchers and that’s only what he has seen.

We also can’t forget what happened to Aroldis Chapman during spring training and to Brandon McCarthy in 2012.  Yet the only pitcher to ever wear one of the MLB approved protective caps in a game was the San Diego Padres’ Alex Torres. He did suffer criticism from the fans and even the Padres’ announcers because of the look of the new cap but is vanity really worth possibly sustaining a life-threatening injury??

To read more about these and other instances where pitchers have been struck by line drives check out the link below:

With the latest injury to Jennings, why aren’t more pitchers wearing protective caps?

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