It's always a high-wire act to accuse Major League Baseball of over-thinking something, but this time it might actually be doing it.
MLB is trying to come up with some sort of lined cap that would protect pitchers from brutal comebackers through the box of the sort that laid out Brandon McCarthy of the A's last summer. So far, the models submitted haven't been up to snuff.
In the interim, the solution's right in front of them, and they've even acknowledged as much: Batting helmets. MLB says there's no rule that says pitchers can't wear them on the mound, but that's up to the individual pitcher.
Well ... in the interim, maybe MLB should pass a rule requiring pitchers to wear batting helmets on the mound, at least until a workable protective cap can be rolled out.
Seems simple to me.