Monday, June 23, 2014

Alex Torres First Pitcher To Don Protective Hat

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History was made over the weekend. On Saturday, San Diego Padres reliever Alex Torres became the first MLB pitcher to wear new protective headgear on the mound. While the hat looks odd and unwieldy, Torres insists it isn't a distraction, "The difference between how this hat and the regular hat feels isn't much. I tried it before using it in the game, playing catch. It doesn't feel really bad. It doesn't feel like how it looks on my head." Hopefully, more hurlers will wear the hat and lead MLB to streamline and perfect the gear in the near future. Anyone who has personally witnessed a pitcher—at any level of baseball—being struck in the head will certainly agree.