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Discussion: Pitchers new rule of mandatory face masks for pitchers..

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Jan. 19, 2014
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Pitchers new rule of mandatory face masks for pitchers..
I have been pitching for approx 30yrs now.. Never worn a fack mask, but
as I get older (66yrs old now) my reflexes aren't anywhere near what they
were, obviously. My philosophy was, if you want to be a pitcher, after you
pitch the ball, one then becomes a infield.. It is then your decision if
you want to pitch and take the responsibilty of getting hit. I can't tell
you how many times I have been it in over 30yrs, ( fortunately never in
my face) Many of my friends all over the USA have been hit in the face,
and I feel with the new Miken Ultra bats as powerful as they are now, one
should protect ones self on the mound. Face, shins etc. etc.(Please don't eliminate the up the middle hit for the batter).. This will take away the
context of the game of batting. This new face mask rule will help the
pitchers feel confident in catching the ball,and watching the ball better after the batter hits the ball in their direction.. Safety comes
first in all situations.. Good rule change.

Does anyone have a good recomedation of a really good face mask? I want
one where I can also put my hat on too! I know a player in my league
who has one, but can't put his hat on with his face mask on..This is really important with the SUN issue in a pitchers face.. Especially as he is the closest player to the batter after contact.. I saw Markwork mast on Amazon.. Looks pretty good and a quality face mask too.. Larry
Jan. 19, 2014
Men's 50
68 posts
I've switched to a worth batting helmet with face guard. I used a mask before, but at times I took it off because of the sun issue. Also, my mask was the polycarbonate material and it obstructed my view on grounders once the got about 3' from me. I don't have the same problem with the helmet/mask combo. It is warmer, but definitely worth the change
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