Player advocates for pitchers to wear helmets
UNDATED (WHDH) -- It is one of the most disturbing sights in the sport of baseball -- a pitcher getting hit in the head by a ball traveling more than 100 miles-per-hour.
Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb tweeted he woke up with “only a minor headache” the day after being hit by a line drive.
Cobb is hardly the only victim. Last month, Toronto’s J.A. Happ had to be removed from the field on a stretcher, blood pouring from his ear. Last year, Arizona pitcher Brandon McCarthy required emergency brain surgery; he is still struggling with seizures.
"You don't think about it when you are on the mound because that will never... you'll have a positive outcome, but when you see it happen, and you see line drives and hard groundballs go up the middle, you know, it definitely cross your mind,” said David Price, a pitcher for Tampa Bay.
It’s not just in the major leagues. Gunnar Sandberg was 16 years old when a line drive struck him in the head during a high school game.
Sandberg and his family now want to see the widespread use of protective pitcher’s helmets.
"I think it'll give everyone who wears it confidence out on the field," said Sandberg.
While major league baseball officials have studied several possibilities,
They note such helmets only cover about 40 percent of a player's head.
Cobb, for example, was hit in the ear, below the cap line.
Anything more protective, like a hockey goalie mask, is considered too bulky for a player to wear and still pitch properly.
"Whoever comes up with the solution for this, they're never going to have to work again in their life and probably for generations of their family won't have to work,” said Price.