Brandon McCarthy Counters Push for Protective Headgear for Pitchers Due to Lack of ‘Acceptable’ Technology

Few could relate to J.A. Happ‘s condition Tuesday night more than Brandon McCarthy, and the Diamondbacks pitcher had some harsh words for those clamoring for immediate reform in baseball.

Happ, of course, was hit in the head with a line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings, sending the Blue Jays lefty to the hospital on a stretcher. McCarthy suffered a skull fracture and brain hemorrhaging as a result of similar circumstances while pitching for Oakland last season. Though early signs indicate that Happ’s injuries were not as major, many around the game say that it is finally time to require pitchers to wear protective headgear while on the mound.

McCarthy hopes that such headgear will be introduced some day, but he expressed via Twitter on Wednesday — as he did when MLB was considering implementing padded hats this past offseason — that no suitable technology currently exists.

See what he had to say in the tweets below.

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