The Dodgers Go 3-D

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The Dodgers unveiled new batting helmets for their home opener yesterday. The matte finish is nothing new, of course (the entire N.L. west has now gone matte), but the “LA” logos on the helmets are definitely worth a closer look. They’re raised off of the helmet shell, and were produced by a 3D printer. The slideshow above provides a good sense of how it looked. (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

NFL Goes for a Bit More Gold

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As we all know, the NFL has been building up to Super Bowl 50 with all sorts of gold-themed promotions — the gold 50-yard-line markers, the gold version of the league’s logo, gold-accented sideline apparel, and so on. But the players’ uniforms had been unaffected by this — until now. As you can see above, the NFL logo decal on the back of the players’ helmet turned gold this past weekend for each of the eight teams in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, a move that hadn’t previously been announced (at least not to my knowledge).

Does anyone else think this was a downgrade? Obviously, it’s a very small element, so it’s not a big deal either way. Still, I don’t care for the tone of gold they used — it looks drab, not flashy.

The NFL logo on the jerseys and pants retained its usual red-white-blue color scheme, at least for now. But will those logos change to gold for the Supe? It wouldn’t surprise me.

A few other notes from the Wild Card games: (Continue reading)