We do not like the new S100 Rawlings helmets

So you’ve probably heard the groundbreaking news that worked its way out today. The minor leagues will switch to the new Rawlings S100 batting helmet for the 2010 season.

We think they’re ugly. And players have been playing without them for over a century. How many have died? We understand protecting the investment. But this is just getting out of hand here. Hopefully enough MLB players speak out and they just leave the damn helmets the way (or as close to as possible) they were when we were growing up in the 80’s.

  • Why do you care?

  • Ray Chapman was killed by a beanball. Other serious head injuries due to beanballs: Mickey Cochrane (almost killed, career ended), Don Zimmer (almost killed), Pete Reiser (career shortened), Lou Boudreau (career ended), Mike Piazza, Kirby Puckett, Tony Conigliaro, Dickie Thon, Ron Santo. Then there are the thousands of career-ending head injuries due to beanballs in the minor leagues, college, high school, and internationally.