In today’s game of baseball, the catcher’s mask is a fundamental
piece of equipment. The player positioned behind home plate is in a vital but dangerous position.
From his vantage point, the catcher can see the whole field, letting him observe and respond to the ongoing game in a way that no other player can. But it also puts him in the direct line of fire during batting. He may be hit by an errant pitch or a flying bat or pieces of a splintered one. Injuries from any of these causes can be serious. Catchers have been known to be knocked unconscious during play. Protective gear is essential. Continue reading