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Discussion: Took one off the chest pitching BP

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July 23, 2013
bkb555
88 posts
Took one off the chest pitching BP
I usually pitch BP for our team and get a few guys hit a few through the middle...luckily I either field them or get out of the way but Monday night was the exception....we were running late and we tried to get a quick BP session in...5 balls and get out...I was scrambling getting balls while pitching and not really too worried that a guy might hit middle BUT...as I pitched the ball, I took a step to the right barely to get a ball without really fielding my position and before I knew it, the ball was nailing me in the left side of my chest....it felt like a sledgehammer hit me...I didn't go down but I went back and walked it off and promptly went to bench for my ice packs....it hurt but I still played outfield...later that night it still hurt and the next morning the same...I am sure I will have a massive bruise but really I was lucky...a few inches to the right and I have a broken sternum...a few inches up, I have a busted mouth or broken throat...I was mostly concerned that my heart would beat irregularly but I was ok in that regard.....it really opened my eyes to pitching and the dangers associated with it...it was only BP with less than full swings and old balls.....and U-Trip bats in our senior league...under the right conditions, this could have been catastrophic...here is a link to a picture....nice bulls eye ring and bruising starting to appear only 2 hours after the hit....copy and paste this link....

https://picasaweb.google.com/114024028227182823464/SoftballBruisePitchingBP?authkey=Gv1sRgCJPctZLe75yzDw#5903944369953273986

July 25, 2013
garyheifner
361 posts
We have 4 guys who can pitch. All have taken a shot in BP. We try and NOT to hit at the pitcher. However, we end up pulling everything and as a result don't practice hitting opposite field etc. We all kicked in and bought a screen. Now guys can free wheel, hit anywhere, try new stuff, stances, swings, grips etc with no worry. Worth every dime we spent. I am seeing more and more screens at senior events for batting practice.
July 25, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
Think seriously about using the screen for BP.
July 25, 2013
Jawood
Men's 50
798 posts
You got to be kidding? I'm glad you were not seriously hurt, but who goes up the middle in BP without a screen?
July 25, 2013
Enviro-Vac
Men's 60
400 posts
Bob, you would be hard to miss even with a screen LOL

Happy to hear your OK.
July 25, 2013
Chief144
Men's 60
67 posts
We NEVER take batting practice with out a screen! We hand some close calls a few years ago and we got a screen that travels with us no matter what. Every team should have one, no questions asked.
July 25, 2013
Omar Khayyam
999 posts
Forgot our screen once and so we pitched BP without it. Mistake. No one was hit, but scariest time pitching I have had in awhile. Balls are being thrown in behind you, guys coming in flip a ball to you, pitching as quickly as you can, not getting set since you don't expect your teammate to hit middle, etc. etc. Maybe best argument for a screen is garyheifner's though, it lets the batters practice hitting middle and opposite field and also experiment with grips, etc. No reason not to use a screen—they aren't that expensive.
July 28, 2013
bkb555
88 posts
great input guys...the screen is the best...we used one for BP indoor sessions ...lost count of how many times it got hit and also from a batter's perspective, it is nice to experiment and go with all sides of the field to hit.....chest still feels it one week later and I was really lucky
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