Baseball Protective Cup
By Steven Ellis, former Chicago Cubs pitching pro
For all you female pitchers out there, feel free to move to the next pitching article. However for you male pitchers, please read and take heed! The information given in this article may come in handy for some of you. There is nothing worse than taking a line drive off the private parts. Wearing a protective cup on the pitcher's mound will help you in the event of a comebacker that you can not catch.
Some pitchers do not wear baseball cups when they pitch. Others insist on it. It really comes down to personal preference as well as how much you are willing to risk.
It is pretty much a given that it is more comfortable to not wear a baseball cup when pitching, but it is obviously much riskier. Think about all the times a comebacker has hit off your foot or your baseball glove…any one of those could have connected with a much more vulnerable body part.
To protect yourself, you have only a few options:
A) Wear a hard cup.
B) Wear a soft cup.
C) Get faster reflexes.
If you chose option “C”, good luck…developing faster reflexes for comebackers is extremely difficult. However if you chose option A or B, keep on reading!
A hard cup is the most common protective cup for baseball pitchers. A large majority of infielders will wear one, and ALL catchers will be sure to have one handy (unless they are asking for punishment).
These protective baseball cups can be found for very cheap at any sporting good store. It can be worn with a traditional jock strap or sliding shorts. I personally prefer a jock strap, as it keeps offers easier movement than sliding shorts do.
A soft cup is a bit more uncommon in baseball because they offer less support. However, if you are uncomfortable wearing a hard cup while pitching, then a soft cup might offer enough protection to get you by. They are essentially flexible rubber cups that give on impact, making them less than ideal for line drives, but will still help more than no cup at all.
So the choice is yours. If you are really against wearing a cup while pitching a baseball, then don’t. But keep in mind that if you take one off the "boys," you will be in a world of hurt!