Within hours of receiving an e-mail from a fast-pitch softball umpire asking about where he could find a shin guard without knee protection, I saw Cincinnati Reds' shortstop Jeff Keppinger fracture his kneecap from a hit foul ball.
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As an umpire, I know there are body parts that are often exposed such as arms, hands and thighs but in my opinion knees - that have no muscle or fat to lessen the blow - are not ones I'd suggest you'd expose unless you strongly trust your catcher and/or your stance in relation to him or her.
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