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There was a lot of head shaking and finger pointing this week when a news report claimed “85% of NFL players would participate in the Super Bowl with a concussion.” Tongues were clucked and some stated a belief that, perhaps, football wasn’t for them anymore.

Which is fine. Everybody has their breaking point, there are some things some folks simply don’t want to see on their TV. The knowledge that they’re participation in an activity contributes negatively to the well-being of another doesn’t sit well once you lead yourself down that line of thinking.

Baseball – sainted and revered as the Great American Institution as it is, would never do such a thing. Baseball legalized padded caps for pitchers, the first step to protecting the most vulnerable player on the field when he’s most prone. As one might expect, grateful moundsmen from around the globe leapt forth in favor of the product. The game will have a very different look come April.

Sadly, no.

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Major League Baseball is working to find suitable protective headgear for pitchers, but they’re not ready to approve any of the products that have been test thus far. MLB senior vice president Dan Halem told ESPN’s Outside the Lines that there will be no cap lining or padded caps ready for Opening Day.

“If I had a product that passed [high-speed impact] tests, it’d be out there tomorrow,” Halem said. More on brain buckets, via Outside The Lines:

MLB commissioned tests on two padded cap prototypes from EvoShield and received test data on two others from Unequal Technologies, according to Halem. But the results, Halem said, showed none of the four products from the two protective sports gear manufacturers were sufficiently effective against baseballs traveling at velocities that can exceed 100 mph.

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Everybody loves Brandon McCarthy. He’s great on twitter and understands and/or embraces advanced statistics and seems like an all-around swell dude. He just signed a two-year, $15 Mil deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks and every team blogger is super bummed, as 28 other teams wished their team will brought McCarthy into the fold.

After a horrific injury cut his season short in 2012, Brandon McCarthy represents a good cheap buy for an opportunistic GM like Kevin Towers in Arizona. Considering McCarthy pitched to a 2.86 FIP in 2011, signing him for the same dollars and years as Joe Blanton looks like a major bargain. Except for one, unavoidable thing: he is a huge risk for any team.

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Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was released from hospital on Tuesday, less than a week after getting hit in the head by a line drive in a game against the Los Angeles Angels. McCarthy suffered a epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture on the play and underwent two hours of surgery.

McCarty’s wife shared this photo on twitter, showing the scar left after surgery. McCarthy is expected to make a full recovery and plans to return to baseball once he regains full strength.

 

…and it is a glorious thing. While his immediate future as a pitcher is unknown his ability to quip on Twitter remains unmatched.

"...And I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time."

With pennant races getting more and more intense, it seems like baseball people are getting stingier with their quotes. It’s like they’re focusing on winning or something. What’s up with that?

That aside, this week we have terrifying things happening to Brandon McCarthy, sad things happening to Lance Berkman and hilarious things happening to Bobby Valentine because obviously.

What an embarrassing thing to say. If I were there right now, I’d punch you right in the mouth. Ha, ha. How’s that sound? Sound like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing. Why would somebody even, that’s stuff that a comic strip person would write. If someone’s here, watching me go out at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, working with the young players, watching me put in the right relief pitchers to get a win, putting on a hit-and-run when it was necessary, talking to the guys after the game in the food room – how could someone in real life say that?

How could someone in real life say that, Bobby? How could they? By the way, the headline to this article, on the front page of FOX Sports, was “Bobby V. Defends Threat To Punch Host,” which is  just, really, it’s just the best thing. Headline aside, this is awesome. It’s just a fantastic quote (as disastrous as the Sox season has been, Valentine has been on point for quotes all season). It’s the “ha, ha” that really sells it for me. Just great stuff.

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Baseball is a relatively safe sport. Despite the hurling of a spherical object at ungodly velocities and the carrying of wooden clubs, there’s only a small amount of physical contact between athletes on the field of play. However, the danger of something going wrong amidst an athletic competition will always exist.

This hasn’t been more recently evident than on Wednesday afternoon, when Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the side of the head by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels.

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