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|March 5, 2009|
|Topic: Rules of the game|
Discussion: DBO/PPR rule - still protecting nobody
Being a pitcher myself, I'm in favor of implementing some kind of rule to protect the pitcher but the DBO/PPR is not the answer. I'm not in favor of the pitcher having a screen either as I still enjoy fielding my position.
I also know as a hitter that I can not ALWAYS avoid hitting the ball up the middle whether it is due to poor swing mechanics (timing) and/or due to movement (curve, knuckleball, etc.) of the ball being pitched.
Since getting hit in the face 3 years ago from a hard hit ball that took a bad hop off the pitching rubber, I do wear protective equipment. However, even though I will continue to wear my face mask and shin guards, I believe that it is all of our responsibility to do a better job of keeping the 'hot', illegal bats from being used in our sport (The true homerun hitters don't need to use the latest bat technology or cheat to hit HRs).
Injuries to pitchers, infielders and even spectators has increased from batted balls since our sport started using composite bats and even more so, when some batters start juicing/altering these already HOT bats.
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