I saw some interesting comments in a discussion a friend told me of. ┬áShould catcher’s in baseball or softball throw off their masks when the batter pops up the ball?
The “Old Way” was that the catcher would throw off their mask to have better vision and to be able to better “find” the ball and make the catch. ┬áThe “New Way” pointed out that the new hockey style catcher’s masks have better visibility and therefore do not need to be tossed away. ┬áSafety issues were mentioned including one person saying that when they were about 10 years old (who knows how long ago) upon discarding the mask to look for the pop foul, the batter continued to swing the bat and managed to hit the catcher. ┬á(1 in 1000??? ┬áI’ve not heard that one before.)
So what is your thinking? ┬áThrow the mask or keep it on? ┬áPlease vote in this poll and feel free to add your comments to the discussion below.
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