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Discussion: face mask rule

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Dec. 15, 2013
j33
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face mask rule
I have been pitching for over 30 years. In the last 12 years I have had my forearm broken twice by line drives while pitching. I wear an arm pad now mostly to keep the wife happy. It limits my range of motion while fielding the ball. I was a catcher in high school and wore a mask then. it does limit the vision radius and just about cuts off the peripheral vision completely. I also wear glasses and a mask interferes with that.
I contend that the most important rule to enforce is the batter box.
The box is 3 ft wide and 6 in from the plate
the plate is 17 inches wide
this equals 4ft 4in from the back of the batters box across to the other side of the plate
the bat is 36in long
Im 5ft 9in and my arms arm 24 inches reaching out in front of me
This equals 5ft
So if I am standing at the back of the box and extend my arms in front with the bat it should reach over the entire plate.
There is no way I can hit a ball with a full arm extension up the middle with power unless it is pitched outside.
How many times do you see guys six feet and up with long arm spans "in the box" and can't even reach the plate with the bat with their warm-up swing.
This is when pitchers get hurt.
It would help if the people making the decisions on these rules actually played.
If they don't want the box enforced then put the penalty on the batter and team.
If you hit the pitcher while he is in the lane then you end the inning. and 5 runs are subtracted.
Dec. 15, 2013
AcePV
Men's 60
21 posts
As a pitcher myself, I personally like the idea of a narrow pitching lane. If the ball is hit over the pitcher without touching him then it's a legal hit, even if it was directly over the lane. I also think that even if a pitching lane was established and enforced, at his option, a pitcher should still wear a mask.
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