Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 10/24/14

Via Tireball:

In an effort to make the game safer, baseball will have a dozen pitchers try out a new padded hat this week.

Willie Weinbaum of ESPN reports that Major League Baseball has examined caps from Unequal Technologies containing “CRT” padding. After some modifications and testing MLB is sending these caps to pitchers for their thoughts.

The padding for the caps weigh 4.3 ounces and is one eighth-of-an-inch thick.

Other companies are also in discussions with MLB about hats for pitchers that would protect them in the event of a line drive.

One event that raised awareness to the safety of pitchers happened in September. It was then that a line drive off the bat of Los Angeles Angels infielder Erick Aybar struck Brandon McCarthy (then with the Oakland A's) in the right side of the head. McCarthy suffered a brain contusion and skull fracture but is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

4 Comments:
  • Good idea but they will be too hot.
  • Is this the most ridiculous thing youve seen since the batting helmets on base coaches? It all started with one of them didnt pay attention. We are on a feel good knee jerk reactionary adventure where we have to fix everything. Why not just give lectures on how to pay attention? Those batting helmets they are using are the earless ones. So I will guarantee you this right now. WHen the 1st basecoach gets hit in the temple and injured or dies we will have this massive outpouring of know it alls telling us that we need new helmets with ear coverage. America is getting so ridiculous I want to puke. DO you like being told how to live your life? I dont.
  • This is absurd. If pitchers get hit anywhere above the jersey, it's in the FACE, not the top of their heads. Bet they're not going to suggest they wear hockey goalie masks...
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