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Discussion: Player protection

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Jan. 31, 2012
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
Player protection
I usually don't say much about the safety of players, especially infielders but I need to let everyone know about something that happened this past weekend.
While playing in Tampa against Hollis this past Sunday, their hall of famer and my good friend, Mike Gainer, hit a hard line drive to me at first. The ball broke up and into my right hand side. I pulled my glove up to catch it but the ball hit my right wrist about 4 inches above my glove. Luckily I was wearing a kid's shin guard on my wrist.

About 3 years ago after being hit on that bone just above my glove thumb I decided that I needed protection there. This was my first hit on the guard since then.

Anyway, it shattered the guard and the ball sailed into short right field.

I would recommend to all infielders, at least pitchers, first basement and third basement to think about wearing one of these. They are inexpensive, under $5 and now I see how they could save a broken arm.

I hope this won't bring out the guys that say we need the 52/275 ball (Bob)! The ball that was used was the Tatoo, a very, very good ball. I can only imagine the tournament if we had been using a lesser ball.

One more thing, maybe I should have been wearing a guard on my left hip when Terrell Stokes hit me with a line drive while I was standing on third :). I now sport a 4 inch bruise there. I'll survive.
Jan. 31, 2012
birdie
Men's 60
671 posts
Bruce, Glad you are not seriously injured.You should have stopped at second or scored with Terrell coming up. I know that I would not have wanted to be on third. Thanks Harry
Jan. 31, 2012
Paco13
352 posts
Bruce, I play SS and I have the one made by evo if I recall correct they are around $25 but they mold to your wrist. I strongly suggest investing in one, never got hurt but got hit there many times and it is very painful. Definetely a good investment. Have a nice day.
Jan. 31, 2012
goforit
97 posts
Hey guys, where do you purchase one of the wrist guards? I play third and took one off the wrist last year, did not hurt to long but i can see where it could be a problem.
John
Jan. 31, 2012
Paco13
352 posts
Here is the website

http://www.evoshield.com/Softball-Protection-s/33.htm

Jan. 31, 2012
Paco13
352 posts
I suggest the one for $24.99 it comes with a sleeve rather than the stand alone for $10. Mis dos centavos.
Jan. 31, 2012
mad dog
Men's 60
3919 posts
bruce glad to hear your ok....paco those evo shields are great,a little pricey,but great......


oh bruce kevin makes a great 52/300 ball by AD starr,the tattoo ball....we are going to have to use that ball in our senior league(well all leagues as the park is making it mandatory for the park) and sunday we were hitting it to get used to it,and it was going over the fence and and traveling pretty good.before practice i hit 2 off a tee over......
Jan. 31, 2012
Gunny2
30 posts
I play ss & I wear the Hanson wrist band. It does have a plastic insert in it. I've been using it for years, even now that the sweat band gets wore out I just buy Nike, Underarmor or whatever & I make a cut on the back side & insert the old plastic into it. Just a thought. Hope to see everyone out there having fun & playing safe. Semper Fi Gunny
Jan. 31, 2012
garyheifner
334 posts
I bought a pair of kids soccer shin guards about 4 years ago at a Walmart. Always wear one on my glove side wrist when pitching or playing infield. Protects the entire forearm. I also wear a face mask for both positions. I am not afraid of the ball or the senior bats.
It is for the bad hops that come often on poorly groomed infields.
Feb. 2, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Men's 55
70 posts
I play 2nd and have been wearing an inside wrist guard under a wristband for about 20 years. For any infielder that has ever taken one off of the inside wrist, they know how much that hurts!
Feb. 2, 2012
Hitman 34
2 posts
Hey pal, glad to hear the guard worked. I have been telling you for years it works better if you use the glove.........
Jeff
Feb. 2, 2012
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
Thanks Jeff, I really needed to hear that!

I hear your team is now major plus! congrats
Feb. 3, 2012
Hitman 34
2 posts
Thanks Bruce, will I see you at TOC?
Feb. 3, 2012
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
No, not this year. We are talking about the Spring Nationals. Maybe I'll see you there.
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