The new protective pitching helmet is not going to catch on

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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.