Alex Cobb Talks About Use Of Protective Headgear
Last season Alex Cobb was struck in the head by a line drive and afterward said he felt that pitchers should be given the option to wear some sort of protective head gear – he will have that choice beginning this spring.
When he was rehabbing after being struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of the Royals Eric Hosmer causing him to miss two months of action he said he hoped in the future that pitchers would have the choice of using some kind of protective headgear.
” I don’t want it to turn into something where every pitcher on that mound is mandated to wear something – that’s everybody’s personal choice. It’s one that you want to have a little say so if this incident happens again that you were able to do everything you could to protect yourself, your future, your family.”
According to a report on ESPN’s Outside The Lines (Link) Major League Baseball has informed teams that it has approved the use of protective head gear next season.
Today Cobb was a guest on MLBNetowrk Radio and understands the challenges in protecting pitchers. “You know it’s going to be tough to get this thing right right off the bat as it is in everything,” Cobb said. “You can’t have your expectations too high. I know there have been a lot of critics on the topic of this particular model and you know that’s going to happen but, they had to start somewhere.”
He’s just happy to have that option to protect themselves since the game moves so fast. “I used to think I could get out of the way. I had a ton of close calls in my career and minor leagues and high school – I always thought I could get out of the way of it. That one (Hosmer’s line drive) obviously I couldn’t.”
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