Baseball players debate comfort versus protection
After Seattle third baseman Adrian Beltre suffers a groin injury when hit by a ground ball, major league infielders discuss whether to wear a protective cup.
By Ben Bolch
August 17, 2009
There's a new undergarment debate raging among major league infielders, and no, it's not boxers versus briefs.
It's whether to play without a protective cup.
The discussion was prompted by an unusual injury suffered by Seattle third baseman Adrian Beltre, who was put on the disabled list last week after a ground ball caused a severely bruised right testicle.
Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen, always quick to offer a colorful take, called Beltre's decision not to wear a cup "ballsy."
"I can't believe a guy is playing third base without a cup," Guillen told fanhouse.com. "That's a dangerous place."
Among the infielders who confessed to playing without protection are Oakland second baseman Mark Ellis and Detroit counterpart Placido Polanco. They said it's primarily a comfort issue.
Athletics infielder Nomar Garciaparra told the website he has always worn a cup, but if he didn't, "I'm definitely taking ground balls off to the side and not using proper form."
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