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Great comment Chad
I agree. I pitched for years and never wore a mask until the composites came out and shaving got out of control. I never had a problem with hitting middle until it was made clear that it was hit there with intentions of hitting the pitcher. I don't know what all went down this weekend but if someone was telling their players to hit the pitcher, they should be called out and reprimanded in some way.
The worst middle shot i ever saw was with the old aluminum EST's. The team was known for using altered bats. They were up 25 on us and were still hitting middle. One of the guys hit our pitcher right below the eye. I was playing 1st and I heard someone in the dugout say that a boy when my pitcher went down. The batter didn't make it to 1st and i'll leave it there.