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MLB Takes Next Step Toward Pitcher Headgear

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Coaches check on pitcher Doug Fister after being hit by a ball in Game 2 of World Series against the San Francisco Giants. (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)

Coaches check on pitcher Doug Fister after being hit by a ball in Game 2 of World Series against the San Francisco Giants. (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)

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In what’s likely the most significant step yet toward protective headgear for pitchers, 12 or more major-league hurlers will soon begin testing padded caps.

ESPN.com’s William Weinbaum reports that MLB has signed off on protective cap liners designed by Unequal Technologies, and now the next phase of testing can commence. Here’s how Rob Vito, president of Unequal, describes the new product:

Vito said Unequal’s padding for each cap weighs 4.3 ounces, is one-eighth of an inch thick and is made of a three-layer synthetic composite that includes military-grade DuPont Kevlar and a polymer with the properties of rubber. He also said Unequal could mass-produce the cap padding and sell it as an insert for about $60 apiece retail.

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