After hearing and seeing the recent event of J.A.
Happ being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat
I wonder if we will ever
see pitchers required to wear a protective helmet or face mask in the Major Leagues. I know the League is looking into it and
considering options possibly starting out in the Minor Leagues. It could be an
inner protective liner in the cap or a full helmet like those worn by the base
First let us go back to the mid 1960's when I began my
I wore a batting helmet
even in the Minor Leagues though it was not mandatory. In 1971 Major League Baseball made it
mandatory for all players to use one. However, any players who were already in
the Major Leagues had the option of wearing one. Fellow Cincinnati Reds Star Pete Rose wore a plastic
insert head liner under his cap that just protected the skull. Some players like Brooks Robinson and
even had their helmets altered. Brooks
had his helmet brim shortened and Carl
had his ear flap changed.
Norm Cash of the Detroit Tigers never wore one. My
team mate Bob Montgomery of the 1975 World Series Boston Red Sox is credited
with being the last player not to wear one and finished his career in 1979.
Then in 1983 three years after I retired the League office made it mandatory
for new players to use a helmet with at least one ear flap. Again, current players had the option to wear
an ear flap.
Tim Raines was the last Major
Leaguer to wear a helmet without earflaps and ended his career with
Marlins in 2002.
It seems that
when all the current veterans of my era finished their careers it just became
the norm to all players since and they have gotten use to wearing one. Technology
has made them a lot more comfortable and safe than those worn during my career.
As important as a helmet can be in the game of
baseball I am reminded of the importance of a helmet in the game of life. The
apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter 6 wrote about the helmet of salvation.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in
the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able
to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of
this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand
in the evil day, and having done all, to
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with
truth, and having on the breastplate
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye
shall be able to quench all the fiery darts
of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of
the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in
the Spirit, and watching thereunto with
all perseverance and supplication for
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me,
that I may open my mouth boldly, to make
known the mystery of the gospel
20 For which I am an ambassador in
bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
In the day of Paul the Roman Army wore a helmet to protect
themselves from the attacks of the enemy.
Without the helmet of salvation we are unprotected
from the evils of the world we currently live in
and the attacks of Satan that
come into our thoughts and minds. The helmet of salvation also gives us confidence
in our future. Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my
light and salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord
is the strength of my life; of
whom shall I be afraid?
We are also reminded in 1 Thessalonians 5:8 "But let
us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love,
and as a helmet the hope of salvation,"
It reminds us of the importance of protecting the head, a soldier or player
can survive a broken arm or leg but an impact to the head can cause instant death
or life changing circumstances.
The only way you can have the protection of the helmet
of salvation is to be re- born, the only way to be
re-born is by accepting
Jesus Christ as your personal savior. You must believe and repent.
Romans 5:8-10 "But God demonstrates his own love
toward us, in that we were still sinners, Christ died for us, Much more then,
having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through
him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of
His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life."
If you would like to know more about being re-born in Christ please
Will we ever see a pitcher in the Major League Baseball
wearing a helmet or facemask? I believe it is a possibility. You see it in Little
League Baseball and in Girls Softball today. A lot of girls wear helmets
pitching and playing the infield in softball.
As it becomes more the norm of sports we
could see more of it. It may be because of a necessity and personal
chose of the individual. Playing baseball
has inherent risks to it as does all sports and either we accept them or we don't.
But we should take necessary precautions especially with the technology we have
today. No one should die or suffer life changing effects from playing baseball.
You now see most every major contact sport offering some
sort of helmet or facial protection.
Some are required use and some are
optional. We have seen a progression of head and face safety in
NASCAR, Hockey, Football, and even on the Professional Rodeo Circuit. With the youth of today
starting to wear protective head
and face gear at an early age it is more likely you may see it happen starting
from the bottom up.
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