Breaking news: Long-retired athlete thinks things were better in his day.
This time, starring 64-year-old Royals great Frank White:
Frank White says the game is not aggressive as it used to be. Also says catchers used to get creamed and no one ever complained.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) October 22, 2014
“No one ever complained” is not a particularly compelling argument against change, in baseball or in life.
As an example, for much of baseball history “no one ever complained” that non-white players weren’t allowed to play. In this case it’s basically “no one ever complained” about catchers suffering brain injuries. I’ll bet a few of them complained, in between the dizziness and nausea and sensitivity to light and memory loss.