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SBD/June 23, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Padres' Alex Torres Becomes First MLB Pitcher To Wear Protective Cap During Game
Published June 23, 2014
WILL TORRES BECOME A TREND SETTER? FS San Diego's Dick Enberg said of the protective cap, "It looks unusual. It isn't quite as form fitting and as chic as the baseball cap." He added the cap "isn't as heavy as it looks," though it is a "little heavier, obviously, than a simple ball cap." FS San Diego's Mark Grant said, "The appearance has to change. A lot of players these days want to look the part, they want to look really good. That is not a good look if you're watching the game." Grant added, "It surprises me how big it it. I know it's obviously going to be a little more bulkier, but to me that's way too big. ... I don't design hats, but I tell you what, it's going to be tough to sell to players to get them to wear that." Enberg: "It's not sexy" ("Dodgers-Padres," FS San Diego, 6/21). FS1 MLB analyst C.J. Nitkowsi wrote on his Twitter feed, "For me better to just design a pitcher's helmet than a traditional cap with insert. Looks like a lost Mario brother" (TWITTER.com, 6/21). ESPN's Dallas Braden said, "These guys are not okay with wearing something that could be cumbersome or something that could take away from their approach on the mound. You have a lot to think about, especially with guys up at the plate that are paid a lot of money to square baseballs up. The last thing you need to be worried about is a piece of your uniform that could get in the way of your thought process, your balance and might throw you off. It's a little heavier than what we're used to wearing, so I'm not sure we're going to see a lot of guys making this switch until they absolutely have to." ESPN's Eduardo Perez added of Torres, "Give him a lot of credit. ... He has the presence of mind of wearing it, I applaud him for it" ("Baseball Tonight," ESPN, 6/21).