Safety comes first for MLB as they switch to safer batting helmets this season

6:34 PM, Mar 24, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- When it comes to safety you can never be too safe, and that's why this year Major League Baseball is implementing safer batting helmets.

The new helmets are made with a carbon shell, and are 130 times stronger and 300 times stiffer than their predecessor, which was made of plastic. The Rawlings S100 Pro Comp has also been approved to protect impacts up to 100 miles per hour.

Last season, several MLB players wore the new helmet, but this year, all players will be required to wear it. Now, along with the added protection, the helmet is also heavier. But, so far, not many of the players have complained.

There are even talks about rolling out safer caps for pitchers to wear, but that may still be a little ways down the road.  

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