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Should Pitchers Wear Helmets? Local Coaches Weigh In

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ST. PETERSBURG - JUNE 15:  of the Tampa Bay Rays of the Kansas City Royals during the game at Tropicana Field on June 15, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  ( J. Meric/Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG – JUNE 15: of the Tampa Bay Rays of the Kansas City Royals during the game at Tropicana Field on June 15, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. ( J. Meric/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo (KMOX) – It happened again Saturday, Ray’s pitcher Alex Cobb was struck in the head by a line drive. Its the fifth time in a year a major league pitcher has been struck.

Cobb was released from the hospital Sunday, but the talk of doing more to protect pitchers continues. Former minor leaguer and current youth baseball coach Lance Shermann suggests a specially designed helmet. “Something that would protect the temple area, especially maybe the eye socket.”

But major leaguer Matt Whiteside, says while requiring pitchers to wear helmets sounds like an easy solution, it really isn’t.

“There are so many things you have to take into consideration when you’re pitching,” says Whiteside. “If your head moves around — I don’t think, at least nothing I’ve seen, would be secure enough or stay stable enough so it wouldn’t be in your way.”

Whiteside now coaches young pitchers at All Star Performance.

He tells KMOX putting Kevlar in caps makes sense, but that wouldn’t protect the face.

He believes you’ll never be able to completely eliminate the risk faced by pitchers.

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