Hats Off To Brooklyn -- Part III

[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

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By Phil Hecken, with Chance Michaels

Long-time (and even more recent) Uni Watch readers will recognize the name of today’s lede writer, Chance Michaels, a good friend with whom Paul and I have shared dinners, enjoyed Mets games and some of you may have even met him at a Uni Watch gathering or two (he’s the third from the left in that last photo). Throughout the years, Chance has contributed a number of articles to the blog, and he’s probably most familiar to you as the guy who runs the wonderful Borchert Field Blog.

While the Brewers may be his overriding passion, his obsessive dedication to the athletic aesthetic is what makes his expertise in all fields, especially baseball from days of yore, so invaluable. Today’s article may mark the longest gap between a “Part II” and “Part III” in the history of Uni Watch — but I’m pleased to bring Chance back to report on a good development in the uni world. And after reading this, don’t forget to check out the final set (last two groups) of GRIFFIN DESIGN CONTEST entries (with voting).

I’ll let Chance take it from here… (Continue reading)

Pirates Pitchers Test-Drive New Protective Headgear

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Pirates pitchers Jared Hughes and Mark Melancon, shown above, became the first MLBers — at least that I’m aware of — to try out the new protective headwear for pitchers during yesterday’s workouts. Here are some additional shots, all of Hughes (first photo by Zane Heiple): (Continue reading)

New Boombang Won't Look So isoBLOXy

By Phil Hecken

In a story you may have seen yesterday on ESPN, William Weinbaum reported that MLB and the MLB Players Association have come together with a plan to introduce new protective headgear for pitchers, developed by “Boombang.” Weinbaum has been reporting on this since 2014, when he noted “MLB and MLB . . . → Read More: New Boombang Won’t Look So isoBLOXy

Uni Watch Profiles: Travis Radke

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Okay, I know there’s a lot of content on the site today, so you might be tempted to skim past certain parts and focus on the “big name” stuff. But trust me when I say you’re gonna want to read today’s lede item.

The pitcher shown . . . → Read More: Uni Watch Profiles: Travis Radke