Larry Bowa Concedes

You may have read on Hot Foot that Larry Bowa was prepared to spit on the new rule that all MLB base coaches were required to wear a helmet — a rule created after minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh died from a line drive to his head last season.

Bowa refused to wear a helmet in LA’s opening spring training game, saying,

“I’ll really make a joke out of it. I’m willing to write out a check for whatever the fine is for every game,” Bowa said. “Whatever 162 games is, I’ll write out a check for it.”

However, in yesterday’s game at Port St. Lucie, it appears Bowa has had a change of heart:

Larry Bowa coaches third base wearing a helmet

There’s still time for Bowa to win this year’s “Gary Busey Award for Big-Mouthed Stupidity in Regard to Protective Headgear”.

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  1. julie March 3, 2008 at 2:27 am
    Seems to me they should have been wearing those helmets long ago.