Pitchers test protective caps

Pirates closer Mark Melancon and reliever Jared Hughes tested out a new Major League Baseball-approved protective cap during Sunday’s spring training workout, according to pirates.mlb.com.

The cap, designed to improve pitchers’ safety on the mound, came at the request of 20 big leaguers who agreed to test them this spring. Boombang, the company that created the caps, created the design that features a hard visor to protect the pitcher’s temples.

Deemed the “Half Cap,” the gear earned positive reviews from both pitchers.

The idea of making helmets a required part of the MLB began in 1940 at the MLB All-Star Game in Chicago. The National League officially adopted the use of a helmet in 1941 and required the use of batting helmets in 1956, followed by the American League passing the rule in 1958.

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