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Protecting pitchers must be priority

After Alex Cobb becomes latest victim, it's time for MLB to act before it's too late

Updated: June 16, 2013, 1:06 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

I would love to sit here and pontificate about how Major League Baseball needs to do something drastic -- and soon -- to ensure that pitchers are finally safe from ill-fated line drives through the box. It would be wonderful to never again endure the anxious, gut-churning moments that accompany a fallen pitcher being carried from the field, and waiting for him to flash a "thumbs up'' sign to let the crowd know that he's conscious and in good spirits.

Now for the reality check: Even commissioner ...

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