Took them long enough. I bet these will be used pretty wide spread by the end of the year as pitchers realize it's nothing to be afraid of.
Yeah this is actually a good move
The pussification of Amerca continues!*
*Not serious at all.
The caps look awful if they are that big but its good to see them integrated into MLB.
Doubt these will be used widespread. Probably only for pitchers with recurring head trauma.
Really tho, how much protection will they give against a 100 mph line drive?? I think the thought is great but after seeing those pics, they don't look overly protective.. Never tried them on myself tho and looks could be deceiving so idk
Your baby can't do this
Foster said the cap went through extensive testing and provided protection from line drives up to 90 mph in the front of the head and 85 mph on the side.
Line drives in the majors have been clocked at even faster rates.
The hat is “slightly bigger” than a regular baseball cap, Foster said. He added: “It’s not going to be a Gazoo hat.”
Several years ago, MLB introduced larger batting helmets that offered increased safety. But big leaguers mostly rejected them, saying they looked funny and made them resemble the Great Gazoo, a character on the “The Flintstones” cartoon series.
In December 2012, MLB medical director Dr. Gary Green presented ideas on protective headgear to executives, doctors and trainers. The prototypes under study included some made of Kevlar, the high-impact material often worn by military and law enforcement and NFL players for body armor.
Foster said the cap’s design diffuses the impact of being hit, rather than only absorbing the shock. The technology will be available on the retail market for ballplayers of all ages.
Yea i read that, still not buying it tho.. Hope I'm wrong cuz this would be great for baseball if it works properly.Originally Posted by metswon69:27882723
Your baby can't do this
they just need a spring loaded fence that shoots up if it detects a fastball coming. Obviously, it would have to be very accurate and lightning fast, but if the ball hits the fence, automatic single.
Obviously it won't completely protect the pitcher. Not even batting helmets can protect somebody anywhere close to 100% from baseballs to the head. The point of these padded hats is to absorb as much of the force as possible. Any little bit will help.Originally Posted by jaydubb:27882677