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Coaches all over weigh in on the great helmet debate of 2008
2008-03-02 14:02
by Bob Timmermann

At the risk of being the object of further ridicule, here is a link to Tom Singer's story in about coaches thought baseball giving their opinion about the mandatory helmet rule for base coaches.

First of all, MLB is going to enforce the rule:

"It's mandatory. No ifs, ands or buts about it," Bob Watson, MLB's vice president of rules and on-field operations, said Saturday night. "If you aren't wearing a helmet, you will be warned by the umpire.

"If you then still don't wear it, you will be ejected and fined -- and the fine is significant."

Second, some don't mind the helmet:

"It's no problem at all," said Dino Ebel, the Angels' third-base coach. "I wore it around the field and the clubhouse for a few days, and it felt perfectly normal. I'm good to go with it -- and you do get some line drives coming your way."

Third, some don't like the rule at all:

But Andy Van Slyke, the Tigers' first-base coach, said, "It's very odd, because it's leading to many headaches. It's uncomfortable. It's hot. It's unnecessary."

And finally, I can't figure out what the deal with Jose Oquendo is:

"It's hard, uncomfortable," Oquendo said. "You can't chew gum. Not happy with it."

I'm curious as to just how Mr. Oquendo chews gum
2008-03-02 14:16:46
1.   RZG
Oquendo should probably get a slightly larger helmet.

Or maybe his shoes are too tight?

2008-03-02 17:25:49
2.   xaphor
All your photo belong to us...

"Online outlets will be able to post no more than seven photographs from any games and will not be allowed to create any sort of photo gallery from those images. Audio and video will be limited to a scant two minutes each and cannot be streamed live, and the only sites allowed to post any highlight footage will be those that have inked deals with MLB Advanced Media..."

Summary from ArsTechnica:
Original article from the Sports Business Journal (subscription required):

2008-03-02 18:57:39
3.   ToyCannon
In my world Dino Ebel would wear his helmet, Andy Van Slyke would not, and Oquendo would get an MRI on his brain.
2008-03-02 19:12:01
4.   Saburo
Next step: helmet with ear flap.
2008-03-02 19:34:39
5.   Bob Timmermann
High school players who serve as base coaches have to wear double ear flap helmets.
2008-03-02 20:16:34
6.   Raf
2 So will MLBAM post more than 7 pics per game? Will they have photo galleries?

Seems pretty restrictive, not surprising given who's in charge

2008-03-02 22:39:16
7.   68elcamino427
Hey, they left out "I can't wave my arms with this helmet on."
2008-03-03 08:39:56
8.   williamnyy23
Didn't Coolbaugh get struck near the neck? Also, aren't the helmets being used the ones without the ear flaps? Like frantically trying to find a test for HGH, this is an example of baseball addressing a non-issue with a cosmetic solution. At least it gives Bob Waston something else to do and Bud Selig another way to show he really cares.

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