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Alex Cobb Injury Points to Need for Mechanics, not Helmets

June 16th, 2013 at 10:31 PM
By Cody Fields

Once again, a Major League pitcher has gone on the disabled list with a concussion stemming from getting hit with a comebacker. This time it is Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays. Instead of renewing the call for greater pitcher protection, more should look at the mechanics of former Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux.

Cobb's injury can purely be clamed on his mechanics, as seen here.

As you can see, Cobb's delivery causes him to fall to the side and essentially face first base. Most comebackers like that essentially come off the bat at 100 miles-per-hour. Catchers can catch 100. Hitters can hit 100. But pitchers can't catch that type of heat, because they're not in a proper fielding position at the end of their delivery.

Enter Maddux, who won a record 18 Gold Gloves for a reason. It all started with his delivery, which put his shoulders directly square to the plate, as seen here.

 

Until big league pitchers figure this out, they'll just keep getting hit with comebackers.

Tags: Alex Cobb, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Greg Maddux, MLB, Tampa Bay Rays

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