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Rawlings is amping up their batting helmets

May 16, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Kurt Suzuki

From a Today Show story, Rawlings — the leading maker of batting helmets — is raising standards across the board:

Now the company is designing a set of helmets with the age of the batter in mind. There’s a helmet for younger players that is lighter and designed to withstand a 70 mph hit. For 12-16 year olds, helmets are a bit heavier, but can withstand the force of an 80 mph strike. Helmets for high school and college age kids can take a 90 mph impact, while those rated for major league baseball players can withstand a 100 mph hit.

You can’t prevent all injuries, obviously, but it’s good to see this kind of thing.

  1. heyblueyoustink - May 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I don’t see how this will help the HBPiD metric.

    Then again, I suppose that’s not it’s intention.

    Moving on……. carefully.

    • historiophiliac - May 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Man, everyone seems so angry today? What happened?

      • heyblueyoustink - May 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Don’t know, not here :-)

      • historiophiliac - May 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Spread a little of that brotherly love, will ya? I log out for a bit and come back to find people crabbing at each other.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Can’t say it enough, every day you wake up above dirt is a good day. I try to limit my anger, especially in the forum of a baseball blog.

      • historiophiliac - May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        How seriously petty and burned up do you think a person has to be just to go around thumbing down someone’s comments? That’s really pathetic.

  2. hittfamily - May 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    “…but can withstand the force of an 80 mph strike. ”

    Who wrote this, Ann Curry’s empty chair? You don’t usually need a helmet for strikes.

    Also, Craig, bro, the Today Show! Really? Is our next story going to be from Judge Joe or Steve Wilcos?

    • jwbiii - May 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      I think they’re using the word “strike” in the sense of “a pitch which strikes you in the head,” not in the sense of “a pitch in the strike zone.”

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 16, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      He’s giving credit to where I’m assuming he came across the story. Citing sources is what weiters are supposed to do unless you work for ESPN.

      • DJ MC - May 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        Matt Wieters doesn’t cite sources. Sources cite Matt Wieters.

  3. astrofaninkc - May 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    That’s great, but what does Kurt Suzuki’s old catcher’s helmet have to do with it?

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