batters, protective gear and pitching inside

My son is both a pitcher who has pitched a lot at all levels.  He is also a hitter who switch hits.  He wears the protective gear as a hitter to avoid being hurt, especially on his pitching elbow, not to lean in. 

As a coach and a dad, I think all pitchers should wear chest and head protection and all batters should wear protection.   Let's be honest.  Very few high school batters are willing to lean in on your son or mine.  My son has been hit 10 times so far and does not like it but also does not feel that most are trying to hit him.  They are trying to pitch around him and make him get himself out and the pitchers just throw the curve or fastball in a little too close.  He crowds the plate not to draw walks but because the umpires are not the best and he loves inside pitching so he hopes the pitcher will try to pitch inside.

Hitting batters is part of the game, intentional or unintentional, but it should never be at the head.  Throw inside waist high or down to move a batter back but never up to move a batter back.  I believe any pitcher who is deemed to throw at a batter's head intentionally should be suspended for a long time.  No place in baseball. 

I think batters need to be protected from being thrown at but many hitters do  lean into  pitches, even into the strike zone and rarely  get called back. I would like it not counting as a HP if the ball is inside the batters box line. 

If it goes through the batters box it is a bad pitch but I think inside edge to the inside line of the box should be fair game. However you got to have the command for that, if one in three inside pitches go through the box (occasionally is ok but not often) you can't pitch inside.

RoadRunner posted:
  1. I don’t know of any hitters that can intentionally bat the ball into the pitcher.
  2. I wish there was protective gear for pitchers, especially their heads. 
  3. I never like to see anyone injured. 

There are protective hats designed for pitchers.  They are pretty light weight and approved by mlb. Some pitchers in pro ball wear them but 99% don't want to do that.

Dominik85 posted:
RoadRunner posted:
  1. I don’t know of any hitters that can intentionally bat the ball into the pitcher.
  2. I wish there was protective gear for pitchers, especially their heads. 
  3. I never like to see anyone injured. 

There are protective hats designed for pitchers.  They are pretty light weight and approved by mlb. Some pitchers in pro ball wear them but 99% don't want to do that.

Aware. But if the rules do not mandate, then guys won’t use it, which is the same end result as not having it. Remember when batters weren’t required to wear helmets?  

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