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Old 08-26-2019, 09:53 PM
Chessic Sense is offline
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It happens all the time, and it stings, but unless it's a direct shot to the head, it's typically not a big deal. Batter get hit all the time, and that's usually a harder, straighter shot, but they rarely get seriously hurt.

While a pitcher is pretty immobile after throwing the pitch, they can usually move their head the 6 inches needed to dodge the ball, or at least get a glove up there to block it.

It's far, far more common for a skipping grounder to hit their legs, and often pitchers outright try to kick the ball to knock it down and get the out.

So in short, they defend against comebackers the same way anybody defends against a punch. They cover up, duck, or both.