The one of the more “famous” cases of a head injury in baseball occurred in 1957. Pitching prodigy Herb Score of the Cleveland Indians took a shot off the bat of the New York Yankees’ Gil McDougald to his right eye. His blurred vision would eventually improve, but Score’s budding career was effectively derailed.
Catchers have masks. Batters are helmets. What about pitchers though?
Boston’s Bryce Florie suffered a similar injury in 2000. It was the result of a ball off of Ryan Thompson‘s line drive that struck Florie in the right eye. Both were bloody. Both had irreversible consequences. Nonetheless, both were rare. Fewer have been seriously injured. Never has such an incident been fatal. Overall, few major league pitchers have been hit in the head by a batted ball.
That was until last season.
Three times in a span of less than two months, batted balls hit pitchers in the head. Three. Spurred by the first of those incidents, discussions within Major League Baseball immediately took ...