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Rawlings Designs A Better Batting Helmet

Rawlings Designs A Better Batting Helmet

Rawlings S100 (Image courtesy NYTimes.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

According to a recent article on the New York Times website, getting hit in the head with a baseball traveling at a ‘mere’ 32 MPH will result in a skull fracture every time. So you’d expect that major league ball players would want the utmost protection for their heads when they step up to bat, like the new S100 helmet from Rawlings which can protect an athlete’s head from a 100MPH pitch thrown from just 24 inches away. But surprisingly when the helmet was shown to some MLB players they scoffed at the new design citing concerns that the extra padding was too bulky and too geeky-looking… Seriously?

[ NYTimes.com – Safer Batting Helmet Draws Resistance From Some Players ] VIA [ Popular Science ]







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  • ocentertainment

    Vanity trumps safety. Every dang time.

  • Nintendragon

    Personally I think it looks really cool..and that they should get over it. I didn't realize that baseball players actually think their uniforms and such look good.

  • blairf_felgenheimer

    When the current helmets seem to work just fine I would like to see a helmet that keeps them from doing steroids.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.noble Michael Noble

    “some MLB players scoffed at the new design citing concerns that the extra padding was too bulky and too geeky-looking”

    Because making $$$$$$$$$$$$$ is more important ending up as a vegetable drooling into you pillow! πŸ˜›

  • mcman

    Ironically David Wright said he'd have no problem wearing it just a couple days prior to his beaning.

  • ramon_torres

    all your comments about fashion and steriods have nothing to do with this helmet or the way it looks. the old helmets work fine when pitchers have control and can throw 100 mph where they want to. bBut lets see if anyone out there online would step up to the plate against someone who was throwing 100mph and not wear this helmet, then we can talk! no matter how ugly it is, id want to be safe. we dont drive cars without brakes do we?

  • ramon_torres

    all your comments about fashion and steriods have nothing to do with this helmet or the way it looks. the old helmets work fine when pitchers have control and can throw 100 mph where they want to. bBut lets see if anyone out there online would step up to the plate against someone who was throwing 100mph and not wear this helmet, then we can talk! no matter how ugly it is, id want to be safe. we dont drive cars without brakes do we?