Coming soon: pitcher helmets

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Via Pete Abraham, we are pointed to a press release about a new product coming to a baseball diamond near you: helmets for pitchers. It actually appears to be more of a shield that fits over a cap, but I can’t tell. Head protection is head protection, I suppose.

The press release makes mention of a high school player, Gunnar Sandberg, who was seriously injured by a comebacker to the head.  And as these things usually go, I suspect that we’ll see more of this in the amateur ranks before it works its way up to the majors.

And once it gets to the majors: like with most safety measures, I presume this will follow through the normal progression: mockery-outrage-denial-grudging acceptance-acceptance.  All that will ultimately matter is if pitchers’ mechanics are the same with it and without it.  If so, players will be wearing them soon enough.

Troy Tulowitzki poses as a pitcher on photo day

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Update: The photographer was apparently in on the action, according to Topps. Still pretty funny. (Hat tip: Mike Ashmore)

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.