Pete Rose and other decryers of player safety may have another blow struck against them.
Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy went on a podcast called "The Buzz" and revealed that pitchers may be wearing helmets as early as this coming season.
"They're coming," McCarthy said of the headgear. "From everything I know they'll be available this year. I don't believe they're going to be mandatory. Actually, I'm almost certain they won't be mandatory."
Now, everybody would love to take the skull-cracking comebackers out of the game. And someday, when pitchers are hurling from inside a protective, transluscent bubble on the mound, we'll look at images from 2014, in which pitchers are wearing prototype helmets, and we'll laugh and laugh.