Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 4/24/13
Last night, while watching the highlights of the Mets game, I saw the comebacker that struck Jon Niese on the right leg and caused him to leave the game. He was later diagnosed with a contusion, which for the Mets sake is good news. At the moment of impact on his right leg, I thought to myself that something needs to be done to protect the pitchers. The mound to home plate is 60 feet 6 inches away and without any protection the pitchers are sitting ducks. There isn’t anything that can truly protect them other than their glove and their ability to react when a ball is headed right towards them. They are even lucky if they can see the ball as it is coming towards them probably faster than it was thrown to the batter. Last night on Twitter I tweeted: I think pitchers need some sort of padding like the catchers have, balls come back faster than they are thrown. #Mets @mlbinjurynews — David Conde (@MetsFanatic24) April 24, 2013 Now it can be argued that there is no way a pitcher will be...
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