The rise of the C-Flap

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One of the most notable things of the 2018 season has been the C-flaps on the batting helmets. Those little extensions from the ear flap that cover a hitter’s jaw. Players have worn them for some time, but it seems like this year ten times more guys have them. It’s getting to the point where I guys not using them sticks out more than guys using them.

Danny Knobler of Bleacher Report has a story on those today. It’s about both their creation and ubiquity and on the fact that pitchers are probably in more danger of injury-causing baseball impacts but have no such equipment yet. There are obvious reasons for this — pitchers are in motion and it’s far easier for equipment to disrupt their vision or balance than more stationary hitters — but it’s still a problem baseball needs to solve.

As the story suggests, I bet the C-flap becomes required equipment relatively soon. Likewise, if I had to guess, pitchers will eventually be wearing modified, lightweight molded helmets one day that are more akin to something a jockey or a goalie might wear, with a solid face-mask structure, but what do I know?

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.