Should cups be mandatory in MLB? | The Tylt
Getting hit by a baseball is never fun, but Gary Sanchez learned how not fun it is when a foul-tip sent a ball to his, um, sensitive area. MLB does not require players to wear protective cups, but after Sanchez's visibly painful incident, it may want to reconsider. While clunky, cups are effective in preventing serious damage to the groin. Still, MLB players need flexibility to perform—a luxury cups do not provide. What do you think? ⚾
Should cups be mandatory in MLB?
Pitcher David Robertson's reaction says it all. Should MLB require cups to protect players from further pain and suffering?
Shots to the groin aren't anything new in baseball. The risks of most men getting hit in that region is too high. Should MLB require a protective cup to be worn?
Depending on how fast the ball travels, impact could be 2,400 pounds of force. That is not the kind of pressure ball players want on their testicles. Wearing a cup may be uncomfortable, but it can decrease the impact down to 450 pounds—a much more manageable amount of pain that won't cause serious damage to the region. Players might want to act tough, but cups save players from a lot of pain. MLB should make it mandatory to wear cups.
Cups are well, but they can be restrictive to movements. This is the very movement that baseball players need to make a living. There is a risk in playing baseball, but in order to achieve peak performance, they need to be comfortable. Wearing a cup restricts that movement, making it difficult for athletes to make plays. MLB currently lets players decide whether they need a cup or not. That choice should be left in the players' hands.