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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ESPN:Pitchers’ protective caps approved

The newly approved caps, manufactured by 4Licensing Corporation subsidiary isoBlox, will be made available to pitchers for spring training next month. Their use is optional.

The company says the caps are a little more than a half-inch thicker in the front and an inch thicker on the sides—near the temples—than standard caps, and afford protection for frontal impact locations against line drives of up to 90 mph and for side impact locations at up to 85 mph. The soft padding, isoBlox says, is made of “plastic injection molded polymers combined with a foam substrate” and is designed to diffuse energy upon impact through a combination of dispersion and absorption techniques.

They look coyote ugly. In an accompanying article:
http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10365050/brandon-mccarthy-arizona-diamondbacks-wear-mlb-approved-protective-cap

Brandon McCarthy opines:

“I won’t wear it in its current form.”...“The technology is there,” he said. “It helps. It’s proven to help. But I don’t think it’s ready yet, as a major league-ready product. And I told them that. I told them that’s where it’s at.”
The first problem, according to McCarthy, is that the new cap “doesn’t pass the eye test.”
“It’s just too big,” he said.
.... it’s so wide that pitchers are aware of the cap when wearing it. And for players to feel comfortable using it in a game, he said, “It has to disappear.”
A second major issue for McCarthy is that the cap is “too hot.” The extra padding adds seven ounces to the weight of a cap, which currently weighs three to four ounces, according to isoBlox.

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 28, 2014 at 02:35 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. McCoy Posted: January 28, 2014 at 06:01 PM (#4647680)
It's amazing how apparently the only people capable of informing the nation about the news of the day appears to be young twenty something good looking females. A Don Mossi isn't capable of understanding the news?
   2. Guapo Posted: January 28, 2014 at 06:09 PM (#4647683)
jmac66 is a twenty something good looking female?!? *straightens tie, takes two spritzes of Binaca*
   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 28, 2014 at 06:13 PM (#4647686)
jmac66 is a twenty something good looking female?!?

oh--I bet you say that to all the girls
   4. zonk Posted: January 28, 2014 at 06:17 PM (#4647690)
Gaylord Perry would definitely be interested in mounting a comeback...

What Petroleum jelly? It's the padding for my cap!
   5. The Ghost, Senior Lounger Posted: January 28, 2014 at 06:27 PM (#4647701)
I am not surprised that McCarthy and others don't want to wear it, but I am a bit dismayed. Anything like this takes tome to adjust to. HE needs to try it starting now, wearing it anytime he throws, in spring training, etc. He might get used to it. Or he might not and abandon it, but at least he tried.

The leagues might come around to requiring it. Batters had to get accustomed to full helmets with earflaps, and they have.
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 28, 2014 at 06:46 PM (#4647712)
All pitchers should have to wear tiki masks.

That it might improve their safety is just a bonus.
   7. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 28, 2014 at 07:20 PM (#4647721)
What exactly are they going to look like? That link was dead and a GIS is showing results all over the place.
   8. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: January 28, 2014 at 07:37 PM (#4647726)
What exactly are they going to look like? That link was dead and a GIS is showing results all over the place.


The article has two pictures of the hat: one of the hat itself, one with players modelling the hat.
   9. I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape Posted: January 28, 2014 at 08:42 PM (#4647756)
The article has two pictures of the hat: one of the hat itself, one with players modelling the hat.


I should have known once I saw the tinyurl links.
   10. PASTE Transcends Almost All Generations (Zeth) Posted: January 28, 2014 at 11:24 PM (#4647808)
Players whined in exactly the same way about batting helmets. Just make all the pitchers wear the damn thing and they'll get used to it.

I imagine that would require collective bargaining, though, so.
   11. JimMusComp misses Jerry Dipoto... Posted: January 29, 2014 at 12:48 AM (#4647825)
"Eff" you #8.

Well played.
   12. Greg Pope Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:05 AM (#4647860)
Players whined in exactly the same way about batting helmets. Just make all the pitchers wear the damn thing and they'll get used to it.

Even more recently, there were coaches complaining about the first and third base coaches being required to wear helmets. Larry Bowa said that on hot days the coaches would be dropping dead from heat stroke, IIRC.

Strangely enough, I have heard no complaining about that and haven't heard of any incidents.
   13. bunyon Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:27 AM (#4647871)
The article has two pictures of the hat: one of the hat itself, one with players modelling the hat.

Goddammit!


Yeah, mandatory will be the way to go. Or better, mandatory in the minor leagues. They'll get used to it. Several years down the road you can start requiring it in the majors with less fuss. Some AAAA pitcher wants to #####, you send him down and bring up a guy who is used to it. AAAA guy ends up wearing it but in the minors.

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