Pitchers claim armored hitters have unfair edge

Originally Published: June 1, 2006
By 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.

Craig Biggio
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesThe elbow guard has come in handy for Craig Biggio, who's been hit by a pitch a record 277 times.
"More times than I wanted," he says.

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