Attention, pitchers. Has this ever happened to you?
That’s Hiroki. He’s 38 years old and he pitches for the New York Yankees. Last night he found himself in the most perilous position a pitcher can be in. He had a line drive coming right at him, and as he ducked out of the way he put up his bare hand to try to stop the ball. In doing so, he made an already dangerous situation potentially more dangerous, both for him and his team. Hiroki could have seriously injured his pitching hand trying to make a play like that, and in the process seriously injured his team’s chances of maintaining a strong starting rotation and winning baseball games. Hiroki’s not the first pitcher to do this, but his case brings about the perfect opportunity to remind all pitchers out there about the safe, correct way to handle this situation.
What Hiroki should have done was not even bother trying to put any hand up in the first place. … Click here to read the rest