Pitchers claim armored hitters have unfair edge
Originally Published: June 1, 2006By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com
Bob Watson played 19 big league seasons when men were men, arms were exposed to the open air, and a fastball off the ulnar nerve resulted in searing pain followed by numbness or a tingling sensation down a hitter's forearm.
Ask Watson for a personal inventory of how many times he took a heater off the elbow, and he replies with the classic all-purpose estimate.
"More times than I wanted," he says.
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesThe elbow guard has come in handy for Craig Biggio, who's been hit by a pitch a record 277 times.
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