What was on Shaddy’s thumb

When he is batting? Looks like an old bottle opener, but I know that can’t be what it is

Generic term is a thumb guard, amazingly enough. It was developed to protect players against the sting of an inside pitch that jams them on a wood bat, but some players think it affords them other benefits. This article explains it pretty well.

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