In 1971, Major League Baseball took its first major step towards protecting players when batting helmets were mandated — sans the ear flaps — for hitters. In 2014, they're attempting to do the same for pitchers by approving padded caps that are available to be worn, but have yet to endear themselves to today's players.
It's a worthwhile effort to be sure, but no matter how hard they try to keep players safe, scary things are going to continue happening on the baseball field because physics dictate as such. Unfortunately for Delino DeShield's Jr., a prospect and former first round pick in the Houston Astros organization, he found out just how dangerous and scary it can be when he took a 90 mph fastball to the left side of the face while playing for Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday night.
According to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, DeShields suffered a broken left cheekbone and will miss several weeks as a result. For those who saw it happen live or saw the photos immediately afterwards,Read More »from Delino DeShields Jr. takes 90 mph fastball to face, suffers broken cheekbone