So, You Want to be a Pitcher?


Sure, pitchers make more money for less work (relatively) on the baseball diamond. They get the special instructors growing up and the kid glove treatment when the get to the show.

But they’re still standing less than 60 feet from large, muscle-bound men specially trained to smack baseballs with clubs. These bats-men often send baseballs right back from whence they came, directly at the glamorous pitchers mere moments after release.

Sometimes those pitches turn into line drives that strike you right in the beak, like poor John Lannan above. Hit the jump for a more gruesome look at his Friday night at the office.

That probably doesn’t feel very good.

Lannan left the game immediately, though he did walk off the field under his own power. His injury was classed a “nose contusion” which, in the parlance of our hockey brethren, is called “sprouting a Hunter.”

Watch the incident here – the shot is hardly glancing yet the ball manages to make it all the way to center field. Damn.

Hopefully Lannan is okay and returns to the mound in no time. I can safely say my career would be over – my windup goes to pieces whenever I try pitching from the fetal position.

Comments (5)

  1. Remembering from an old article by (I believe) Corey Dawkins, the fact that the ball went out to CF shows that Lannan very luckily did not catch much of the force of the drive with his face.

  2. I’ve pitched in slo pitch a time or two and had line drives come right back at me. That was scary enough and I’m no physicist, but I’d imagine that was coming a lot faster than a softball is.

  3. I’ve twice had my lip stitched from catching a baseball in the face – once where the gums also required stitching and teeth required cementing. I imagine the nose feels somewhat different, but there is this instant jarring, confusing, “stars” thing going on that is really intense as the impact happens, then depending on the state of shock, it dissipates as you realize you are on the ground and you move your face away from the blood that is falling from it.
    Thank god I’ve never been in a fight, or that would probably happen repeatedly. Fetal position indeed – like the last time I tried boxing.

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