Wearing masks is a necessity for many softball players, but not for baseball players. Softball players are exposed to the sun, dirt, and clay when they are on the field. All of these substances can make you tired or sick if you breathe them in. Masks are much easier to put on than helmets because you can still see everything in front of you while wearing one.
A mask can shield a person’s mouth and nose from breathing in airborne particles that can aggravate allergies or be introduced to the lungs. Softball players wear masks and baseball players don’t because the ball comes at softball players’ heads at a much higher speed than at baseball players’. It was the first time in several years that a player had taken a pitch to the mask, though other players have been hit with foul balls. Two years ago, Dodgers shortstop Bill Russell was knocked out of the game when he was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Colorado’s Brad Hawpe. Helton has an incredible knack for hitting his head on baseballs.
Masks are often worn in softball because the ball often hits the face due to the close proximity. Baseball players might not wear masks because they play at a distance and don’t have balls hit toward their face, but that is just speculation. The main reason for wearing masks is for safety, though. Softball players also wear these face masks because they protect the face from injuries such as broken noses or cuts caused by ball’s hitting the face. The nose is a very sensitive area of the face and a broken nose can often be very painful. Masks are made of metal, plastic or even wood. Sometimes they are painted with logos and team colors. There are several different types of designs that vary in price.
The formative reason why baseball players do not wear masks is because it would interfere with their fielder’s masks during a game, and also because it has been a tradition for a long time. The mask is a representation of the player’s courage and fearlessness, and even though there are more protective masks that exist today than ever before, they do not have the same emotional effect as the original catchers’ masks. The kinds of masks found on the market today include the full face cage, with two or three bars to protect the face; the half-mask, which protects the eyes and nose; and the mini-mask, which is similar to the hockey goalie mask.