Major League Baseball is hoping new developments in protective head gear can bridge the gap between equipment that makes the game safer for pitchers and that which those same pitchers will actually wear.
After several frightening incidents in which pitchers have been struck in the head by batted balls, baseball officials are in discussion with a handful of companies about ideas and designs for a protective liner that would fit under the baseball cap, MLB senior vice president Dan Halem said.
Among the materials being discussed for the liners is Kevlar, a heavy-duty, high-impact substance used by law enforcement and the military. The liners are expected to be lightweight, maybe as little as five ounces. Baseball officials also are exploring how to cover the temple, an area particularly vulnerable to serious injury if struck.