Last evening, Toronto Blue Jays lefthanded pitcher JA Happ was drilled with a line drive back to the box that his him in the head. (Video available here) He was taken off on a stretcher and was bleeding from his ears on the mound. Of course, this happens more often in college baseball due to the sheer numbers of games played compared to the pros.
There was a proposal this preseason in college baseball to go to a padded hat for the pitchers on the mound but Major League Baseball declined to allow their use. Could Happ’s injuries be less severe if he was wearing one of these hats? It couldn’t have hurt though. You can check out a full Outside the Lines report on the issue below.
So will we see these sort of padded hats in College Baseball soon? What do you think? Leave your comments below.