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NEW YORK -- Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season. Major League Baseball has approved a protective cap for pitchers, hoping to reduce the damage from line drives to head that have brought some terrifying and bloody scenes in the last few years. The heavier and bigger new hat was introduced Tuesday and will be available for testing during spring training on a voluntary basis. Major leaguers and minor leaguers wont be required to wear it -- comfort is likely to be a primary concern. "Obviously, itd be a change," two-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers told the MLB Network. "Im definitely not opposed to it." "I think itd take a lot of getting used to," he said. "You dont look very cool, Ill be honest." The safety plates made by isoBLOX are sewn into the hat and custom fitted. They weigh an extra six to seven ounces -- a baseball weighs about five ounces, by comparison -- and offer protection to the forehead, temples and sides of the head. Theyll make the hats about a half-inch thicker in the front and around an inch wider on the sides. Several pitchers have been hit in the head by line drives in the recent seasons. Brandon McCarthy sustained a brain contusion and skull fracture after being struck in 2012 and Doug Fister was hit during the World Series that October. Torontos J.A. Happ and Tampa Bays Alex Cobb were sidelined after being hit last year. McCarthy tweeted that he had already tried out the fortified cap and that it was "headed in right direction but not game ready." Said Arizona reliever Brad Ziegler: "I think theyre on the right track, but the hat they approved isnt remotely close to comfortable enough to wear in games." In an email to The Associated Press, he said, "If youre not 100 per cent focused on executing your pitches, you have almost no chance of success. And that hat is uncomfortable enough that it would be a big distraction to wear it." "We talked to a lot of guys who had been through this, and they provided a wealth of information to help us," said Bruce Foster, CEO of the 4Licensing Corporation, parent company of isoBLOX. "We went through a myriad of different designs to develop this." Foster said the cap went through extensive testing and provided protection from line drives up to 90 mph in the front of the head and 85 mph on the side. Line drives in the majors have been clocked at even faster rates. While the hat is "slightly bigger" than a regular baseball cap, Foster said: "Its not going to be a Gazoo hat." Several years ago, MLB introduced larger batting helmets that offered increased safety. But big leaguers mostly rejected them, saying they looked funny and made them resemble the Great Gazoo, a character on the "The Flintstones" cartoon series. In recent seasons, pitchers have said they would try padded caps, provided they werent too cumbersome. "You see guys get hit with line drives. I know in the last couple of years there have been several of them. So it happens. You want to be wary of it," All-Star closer Glen Perkins of the Minnesota Twins said. "Player safety is important. I think finding a solution is good." "But by the sounds of what they have, I dont know if thats entirely feasible to go out there with basically a helmet on your head and pitch. Without seeing it or trying it on, I hate to make a blanket judgment. But just thinking out loud, that seems a little bit much. Just the bulkiness," he said. In December 2012, MLB medical director Dr. Gary Green presented ideas on protective headgear to executives, doctors and trainers. The prototypes under study included some made of Kevlar, the high-impact material often worn by military and law enforcement and NFL players. Several companies tried without success to make a product that would be approved by MLB and the players union. While isoBLOX was first to get the OK, other firms still might submit proposals. Foster said the caps design diffuses the impact of being hit, rather than only absorbing the shock. The technology will be available on the retail market for ballplayers of all ages in a form of a skull cap. A memo from MLB will advise teams that the caps are available in spring training, and pitchers who express interest in testing will be fitted. MLB can require minor leaguers to wear it, but has no plans now to do that. "I think it will be one of those things that people will wear them when they have to wear them. Maybe a guy here or a guy there," Perkins said. Star closer Grant Balfour said, "I am always appreciative of anything that will make the game safer. That being said, I may try it. Just not sure yet until I see it. Has to fit with a cap and be comfortable." MLB didnt make the use of helmets or protective cap inserts mandatory for batters until the National League required them for the 1956 season. Helmets werent required until the 1971 season and, even then, they werent mandatory for players already in the big leagues. An earflap on the side of the head facing the pitcher was required for new players starting in 1983. "Its nice to see any sport take precautions to prevent injury," San Francisco reliever Javier Lopez said. "That being said, I look forward to seeing what the finished product looks like. And if it helps just one pitcher, then its worth it. Its always nice to have safety nets." Added Boston reliever Craig Breslow: "Im not certain how many players will be testing the new equipment, but I think all at least appreciate the effort. " Kevin Garnett Timberwolves Jersey . Canada had opened Day 2 at the tournament with a 24-0 loss to New Zealand in the Cup quarter-final before beating Samoa 27-0 to cruise into the Plate final. The loss in the Plate final means Canada finished sixth in the rugby sevens tournament. Jeremy Lin Lakers Jersey . Barrichello is thrilled to be racing in front of his Brazilian fans for the first time since joining IndyCar, but admits he still is adapting to the series and wont be racing among the leaders on Sunday. http://www.nbaofficialonline.com/Golden-State-Warriors-Authentic-Stephen-Curry-Jersey/ . The thunderous cheers quickly changed to an appreciative chant: "Ma-son! Ma-son! Ma-son! Headed to New York with new life, Mason sure earned this curtain call. Kyrie Irving Jersey . No way, absolutely no way. If you do, where do you go from there? If you want to progress as a team and as a club you have no chance if you sell players like that. Carmelo Anthony Jersey . -- Brian Dawkins biggest contribution Sunday in the AFC wild card playoffs will be with his talking and not his tackling.SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- The Halifax Mooseheads scored four unanswered goals, including three in the third period, to come from behind and defeat the Saint John Sea Dogs 5-3 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Nikolaj Ehlers scored once and set up four more for the Mooseheads (25-15-1), who trailed 3-1 midway through the second period, and Darcy Ashley had two goals and two assists. Luca Ciampini had a goal and two assists and Timo Meier scored once to round out Halifaxs offence. Marcus Cuomo, Noah Zilbert and Nicolas Hebert supplied the scoring for the Sea Dogs (10-25-3), who are now tied with Shawinigan for last place in league standings with 23 points. Kevin Darveau made 16 saves for the Mooseheads as Sebastien Auger turned aside 31-of-35 shots for Saint John. Halifax went 2 for 6 on the power play while the Sea Dogs scored once on four chances with the man advantage. --- TIGRES 4 DRAKKAR 0 BAIE-COMEAU, Que. -- Goaltender Brandon Whitney made 45 saves and Cameron Yarwood picked up two assists as the visiting Tigres shutout the Drakkar. Carl-Antoine Marcoux, Angelo Miceli, and Gabriel Gagne each scored for Victoriaville (16-18-6) and Mathieu Ayotte capped it off with a short-handed empty-net goal with three seconds to go. The Drakkar (25-11-4) outshot Victoriaville 45-18 but couldnt get anything past Whitney. Baie-Comeaus Philippe Cadorette made 14 saves in the losing effort. --- ARMADA 3 SAGUENEENS 1 CHICOUTIMI, Que. -- Danick Martel scored his 21st goal on the power play, and added his 22nd into an empty net to lead the visiting Armada past the Sagueneens. Frederic Bergeron scored the other goal as Blainville-Boisbriand (27-7-7) outshot its opponent 33-19. Daaniel Walcott chipped in with two assists.dddddddddddd William Gignac scored the lone goal for the Sagueneens (21-20-1). Goaltender Samuel Montembeault made 18 saves for the victory while Chicoutimis Julio Billia stopped 30 shots in the losing effort. --- OCEANIC 4 FOREURS 1 RIMOUSKI, Que. -- Michael Joly scored two goals and Philippe Desrosiers stopped 35 shots as the Oceanic staved off the Foreurs. Samuel Morin had a goal and an assist, and Dominic Beauchemin also scored for Rimouski (24-11-7). Anthony Richard responded for Val-dOr (26-15-1) with a power-play goal in the third period. Antoine Bibeau made 27 saves in the losing effort. --- CATARACTES 4 HUSKIES 2 SHAWINIGAN, Que. -- Alexandre Grand-Maison scored twice and added an assist to lift the last-placed Cataractes over the Huskies. Dylan Labbe and Alexis DAoust also scored, and Jeremy Auger had two assists for Shawinigan (10-27-3). Jean-Sebastien Dea and Liam OBrien scored for Rouyn-Noranda (23-11-5), who outshot the Cataractes 35-15. Storm Phaneuf made 33 saves for the victory, while the Huskies Guillaume Decelles stopped 11 shots. --- WILDCATS 5 SCREAMING EAGLES 3 MONCTON, N.B. -- Stephen Johnson scored once and set up three more as the Wildcats toppled Cape Breton. Josh Pugsley had a pair of goals for Moncton (22-18-2), JC Campagna and Christopher Caissy each scored once and Will Smith tacked on three assists. Jeremy Beaudry scored twice for the Screaming Eagles (21-17-3) and Bronson Beaton had the other. Alex Dubeau made 31 saves for the Wildcats. Cape Bretons Chase Marchand gave up four goals on 25 shots before getting pulled for Alex Bureau, who stopped 1-of-2 shots in nine minutes of relief. ' ' '
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