Given the fact that Brandon McCarthy came within an inch or two of getting killed today, I can't help but wonder whether the player's union and Major League Baseball will at least explore the possibility of some kind of protective headgear for pitchers.
I'm not saying it will happen or that it's practical. I also can't imagine pitchers ever dawning bulky batting helmets -- ever. That would be ridiculous, impractical and ineffective.
But I can't believe there isn't some way to find a protective helmet that would not impede a pitcher's ability to do what he does best -- throw strikes and throw hard.
I'm thinking a sleek, light-weight, modified bike helmet that can be strapped on and cover the temples. Maybe it wouldn't seem cool enough, but given how exposed the pitcher is on the field, it's gotta at least be worth some R&D.
Laugh all you want. But there is no player on the field more exposed and less protected than a pitcher.
I can't imagine there isn't a lightweight protective helmet that can be worn in lieu of a cap that offers more protection than cotton or wool.