DIY Helmets and a WFL History Lesson

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By Phil Hecken

I’m joined today by a longtime Uni Watch favorite, Leo Strawn, Jr., who has graced these pages with many great things, including some terrific DIY projects (although he may be better known these days as the guy who gets a lot of “Too Good For The Ticker” entries). Not today, though — today Leo gets the lede, as he’s here with … (Continue reading)

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