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In era of safety, pitchers remain dangerously exposed

One of the greatest fears shared by major-league pitchers — and hitters — was realized at a spring training game in Surprise, Ariz., last Wednesday night: Aroldis Chapman, the fireballing Cincinnati Reds closer, was hit flush in the face by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez.

The circumstances were downright frightening: A fastball from perhaps the hardest-throwing pitcher in the sport was pulverized by a powerful young hitter. The impact to Chapman’s head came a fraction of a second later.

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