3/20 Heads up

Cubs pitchers know they could have a line drive coming at them at any time, but the new protective hats MLB has proposed apparently aren’t very popular. Would Jeff Samardzija wear one?

“No,” he said. “They look stupid.”

The topic of pitchers wearing helmets was revived after Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face with by a line drive Wednesday night. Chapman will be sidelined at least six weeks. A protective cap wouldn’t have stopped the line drive from hitting him in the face.

“It’s like the old school days in hockey,” Samardzija said. “Those guys weren’t asking for helmets, they made them put them on. We know we put ourselves at risk when we go out there and you need to be ready at any time. I think in Spring Training it’s more common [to have injuries like that] because your sense of awareness and how much you’re into it isn’t like what it is during the season.”

— Carrie Muskat


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