Craig Calcaterra


The new protective pitching helmet is not going to catch on


There have been several different attempts at providing protective headgear for pitchers. They’re often mocked for looking unconventional, but to the extent they have not been adopted it’s not because of aesthetics. It’s because they interfere with a pitcher’s windup or otherwise throws them off of their mindset or delivery.

It sounds like the latest version — which we talked about a couple of weeks ago — is likely to face the same fate. Ervin Santana has been trying it and he said that it interferes with vision:

“The visor is pointing down too much. When you do the windup and finish the pitch, you can barely see home plate . . .[other Twins pitchers] told me the same thing. They can barely see home plate during the windup.”

Pitchers will likely eagerly accept greater head protection at some point, but not at the cost of their ability to go about their business on the mound.

The Braves will wear a patch commemorating their abandoning of Atlanta

Turner Field

Remember how, eight months before your divorce, your ex-wife started wearing a t-shirt with a logo on it talking about how she’d be leaving you? Haha, no, that’d be ridiculous and cruel.

In other news, the Atlanta Braves will be wearing a patch on their uniform sleeve marking the premature demise of Turner Field and their high-tailing it to the suburbs:

No word if Cobb Counter taxpayers underwrote the patches, but they probably did.

The Cubs sign Shane Victorino to a minor league deal

shane victorino getty

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Chicago Cubs have signed outfielder Shane Victorino to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

Given that the Cubs have a very full outfield at the moment, with fourth and fifth outfielders who could be starting lots of places, there will not be much room for the Flyin’ Hawaiian. But depth is depth and injuries happen and, worst case, this gives Victorino a chance to work out and play this spring with the hopes of catching on elsewhere.

Victorino played in 71 games between Boston and Anaheim last year and only 30 games in 2014. He was quite productive in 122 games back in 2013, when he was last fully healthy, so it’s not out of the question that he has a bit left in the tank for a backup role.