NY, NY, United States (NewsBahn) – MLB has approved a protective cap for pitchers according to Dan Halem, MLB executive vice president for labor relations.
Halem told a major media outlet that MLB made the move in consultation with the players association.
“We’re excited to have a product that meets our safety criteria,” Halem told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”. “MLB is committed to working with manufacturers to develop products that offer maximum protection to our players, and we’re not stopping at all.”
The moved was spurred by -Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who was was struck in the head by a line drive and suffered life-threatening brain injuries 17 months ago.
The new cap will be thicker and add seven ounces of weight to it. It is said to be comfortable and not constraining to motion.