Some Major League Baseball hitters would rather be safe than sorry in the batter’s box. Some take it a little too far with the amount of protection they step in with, though.
It’s easy to throw on an elbow pad or a shin guard in order to prevent an injury. A pitcher could lose control of a pitch and have it hit a batter right in the elbow. A batter could also foul a pitch off his leg. Either way, he could end up on the disabled list if the damage is serious enough.
But I think that these kinds of pads and guards are becoming overused. I mean, are both really necessary each time a batter gets an at-bat? Babe Ruth never had any sort of protection, and he turned out just fine.
Here are a couple of players that really don’t need to take all of the protective measures that they do. Feel free to throw in your two cents about the players on the list, players off the list and using elbow pads and shin guards in general.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts.