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KCP - Kentavious Caldwell Pope
WAR - Wins Above Replacement
FIP - Fielding Independent Pitching
LD% - Line Drive Percentage.
LOOGY - Left Handed One Out Guy
B/S - Batman/Superman
After Alex Cobb becomes latest victim, it's time for MLB to act before it's too late.
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. That's from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
Well in that case, let me spring into action.
How can we protect the pitcher?
Just as you put your health on the line with every play in the NFL, you do the same when you make the choice to throw a ball just more than 60 feet from a place where the ball could come back at your head with more velocity and speed than which you threw it.