I have no idea why Adrian Beltre chose not to wear a cup, but it might have a lot to do with something I just learned, speaking with someone who has been very involved in Latin American scouting. Players in the Dominican and Venezuela tend not to wear cups while playing, largely because they can’t afford them as youth.
A cup costs about six bucks. If you go for the Nutty Buddy, the highest-tech in cojone protection, you’re talking about twenty bucks. Let’s split the difference and say ten bucks each.
If there’s ten thousand kids playing baseball in the Dominican, that’s $100,000. A hundred K to outfit every kid with proper protection. Are you telling me we can’t find that somewhere to help protect, quite literally, the next generation of baseball player? That’s just a damned shame.