Chapman hit by liner

Aroldis Chapman suffered fractures to bones in his nose and left eye after he experienced a pitcher's worst fear: getting hit by a line drive comebacker. Chapman had essentially zero time to react to Royals catcher Salvador Perez's hit -- considering that Chapman is the hardest thrower in baseball, any well-hit fastball of his is potentially quite dangerous. This frightening injury comes a few months after MLB approved protective caps for pitchers, and although one probably would not have helped in this case, we wouldn't be surprised to see at least a few hurlers sporting them come Opening Day.

Should pitchers be required to wear some form of head protection?

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  • If you were a pitcher, would you wear a protective helmet?

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  • How many pitchers do you expect will wear protective caps this season?

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