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FL little league coaches weigh in on helmets for pitchers

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It's the few seconds of video that stunned fans. Rays' pitcher Alex Cobb was flattened by a line drive that hit him in the right ear. Accidents like that have some calling for "pitcher helmets," similar but smaller than what batters wear.

The "Clearwater 10-11 All Stars" are getting ready for their Saturday game. Some have pitched with their team, and are worried, a helmet could impede their throwing skills. 

"When you're throwing it, you have to watch where you're trying to throw it to. So if you want to throw it to a certain place across the plate, then you have to hit that spot," said player Dominick Jannelli.

A helmet might not be enough. A prototype model for pitchers only covers 40% of the head. Rays' pitcher, David Price says, it's a problem that's tough to solve.

"Whoever comes up with a solution for this, they're never gonna have to work again in their life and probably for generations, their family won't have to work," said Price.

The Cobb hit is making little league coaches take notice. 

"With these kids, safety is always first. Yeah we play to win the game, we want to have fun out here. But safety, absolutely," said Clearwater 10-11 All Stars Coach Ed Sohoski.

Some of the safety procedures at Little League Baseball starts with the bat. Some have too much spring which means the ball comes back way too fast towards the pitcher.

"I teach these kids, as long as you're watching the batter, you know where the ball is gonna go. So don't take your eyes off the batter," said Coach Sohoski. 

For little league, it's a dilemma with no easy answers.

 

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