September 5, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy (32) holds his head after being hit in the head on a line drive by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball approves protective cap for pitchers

In a move that is certainly a long time coming in today’s day and age, Major League Baseball has approved a protective cap with padding for pitchers that will give them some much-needed protection on the mound from the line drives.

Baseball informed all 30 teams on Tuesday morning of the approval, and they will be readily available in time for spring training.

MLB Executive Vice President for Labor Relations, Dan Halem, spoke to ESPN’s Outside the Lines about the innovative act.

“We’re excited to have a product that meets our safety criteria,” Halem told “Outside the Lines,” adding that baseball will continue its efforts to come up with more options. “MLB is committed to working with manufacturers to develop products that offer maximum protection to our players, and we’re not stopping at all.”

While the caps will be available for this season, they are optional to the pitchers, although I can’t see a scenario where you would turn down the extra protection from a 100 mph fastball coming straight for your skull.

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