LADY AT THE BAT: It's Fine, Until Someone Loses An Eye...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

It's Fine, Until Someone Loses An Eye...

...or their life.

Of all the decisions made by MLB GMs this week in Orlando, the most important one might just be the decision to have first and third bases coaches wear helmuts next season. Obviously a reaction to the tragic death of Mike Coolbaugh (left), the GMs don't want to see another coach lose his life on the playing field.

This is good news and it should be applauded. But why do these changes always happen after someone is killed? I'm of the opinion that pitchers should wear some type of helmut as well, and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. Why can't it be done? A simple grandfather clause is all it takes: If you're a pitcher and you didn't wear a helmut before, say, 2009, you can continue to go helmutless. Otherwise, you must wear a helmut on the mound.

Pretty simple, yes? Why wouldn't MLB and the Players Association go along with something like that? Why should it have to take the death of pitcher before a change is made? It should be done and it should be done as soon as possible.

The Lady

1 comment:

Sherpa said...

I grew up in rural utah, and it was common knowledge that a light would only go up at an intersection when someone died there. I think this is a sad commentary on our society.

I agree. base coaches should wear helmets. Pitchers should have some sort of head gear that doesn't limit their peripheral vision and is comfortable.

A related subject, I personally think Manny Ramirez shouldn't be allowed to take off his helmet when he's running the bases either.