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Eric Fisher covers baseball and digital media for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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MLB To Debut Lighter New Era Cap For Batting Practice, Spring Training

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 11 / 20 / 17

MLB next season will debut a new batting practice and Spring Training cap developed in collaboration with longtime partner New Era. The new polyester ProLight 59Fifty caps are said to be 26% lighter than the prior Diamond Era batting practice and Spring Training caps used from '13-17 while still mai...

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, MLB, New Era

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