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Easton-Bell Sports unveils pitcher's helmet

Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:00 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

As the sports world continues to further work toward eradicating head injuries, Easton-Bell Sports, in conjunction with Little League International and several others, has released a new pitching helmet prototype.

The goal of the helmet was to protect the pitcher from line drives to the head without sacrificing comfort or performance.

"With our pitching helmet prototype, we have redefined what is possible and launched a new era of protection for baseball pitchers," Easton-Bell Sports CEO Paul Harrington said in a statement.

The helmet is made of expanded polystyrene polycarbonate, which is attached to a comfortable liner and elastic strap, according to Easton's press release.

The helmet might look a little weird, but surely the batting helmet looked strange to people when it was first introduced. And, actually, it doesn't look that bad. With many youth pitchers and even some in higher levels taking batted balls to the head, it's not a bad idea at all to throw a little extra protection atop the hat.

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Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:47 am
 

Easton-Bell Sports unveils pitcher's helmet

I believe this new helmet may look and feel unusaul but it WILL save the pitchers lives! I am a surviver of one of these accidents. 5 years in high school I was pitching in the batting cages and after I threw the ball the batter lined it back to me and it was so fast I had no time to react to it. I was in a coma for 3 weeks,respiratory arrest for a couple minutes twice, my skull fractured in 8 places, I tend to have siezures, had brain surgery because my brain was swollen like a balloon, I had a frickin 5% chance of surviving, etc. I had to re-learn talking, walking, reading, writing like I was a kid a again. Baseball players may think these helmets are useless but once you experience a brain injury like I did, they should think twice about avoiding these new helmets! I wish these helmets were made a couple years ago! I would definitely be an asset to market these helmets.  




Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Easton-Bell Sports unveils pitcher's helmet

You idiot, playing defense isn't as easy as it sounds right after delivering a pitch.



Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Easton-Bell Sports unveils pitcher's helmet

You wouldn't be laughibg if you had ever taken a line drive to the face, trust me, it hurts.  Its the reason I switched to soccer. Took two and then realized that it is a bad idea to take a third. That was just in the first two years of kid-pitch



Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Easton-Bell Sports unveils pitcher's helmet

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Easton-Bell Sports unveils pitcher's helmet

It does not look that bad. I do not think it should be manditory but offered. In slow pitch mens softball pitchers wear masks like a hockey goalie.  To the guy that said teach to "play defense and focus on the ball."  Then why do batters wear helmets, that is all they are focusing on. Should teach them to "matrix" and learn how to move and not get hit.   



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Easton-Bell Sports unveils pitcher's helmet

Do you ever see 1st baseman and 3rd baseman closer to homeplate than the pitcher?  There's a reason.  It's called reaction time.  Obviously, you've never stepped on the mound.....and if you did, I'm sure it was T-Ball.  Some people are just clueless.

Btw....according to your theory, a batter's main focus should be on the pitcher....so why should they have to wear helmets?  I mean, after all, they should be able to out of the way....right?  (Did you know that batted balls often come back faster than what they are pitched at?)



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Easton-Bell Sports unveils pitcher's helmet

Anybody know when these will be available & how much they would cost? Any Easton folks out there? I like the idea--it does not look to intrusive & could save a life or injury.



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Easton-Bell Sports unveils pitcher's helmet

Anyone who says learn how to pitch is just plain ignorant and has never been on a mound vs a composite bat... I challenge anyone of you to stand 35-50 feet away from the plate and let a high school baseball team hit balls at you with any model easton bat, then let me know how it went if your still alive. No its not 60 feet like the majors its 35-50 depending what level of ball. and where talking about kids who are just learning to play the game. Now go yell at the tv how you could have hit that fast ball that a major leaguer didnt lol



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Easton-Bell Sports unveils pitcher's helmet

 @ Nate .. i hear you ! my son will be 3 and i couldnt imagine anything like that happening . I have a feeling this will be required very soon. When we were kids there was no such thing as a bat that could produce the velocity that these new ones do. Speaking from experience i had my shin broken by a come backer 10 years ago by a miken ultra, i was in perfect position and still was completely helpless. To this day it still hurts when i touch it. Could you imagine a under developed skull on a chid. This needs to be mandatory.



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Easton-Bell Sports unveils pitcher's helmet

I mean, pitchers get to wear gloves, just like all of the other fielders. I understand making the coaches wear helmets since they're often not looking at the plate when a ball is delivered. The pitchers only job is to focus on the plate once the delivery is made.


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