St. Louis Public Radio News
7:42 am
Mon August 31, 2009

Minor Leagues mandate new batting helmet

St. Louis – Baseball's top prospects will have even more protection at the plate next season.

Rawlings and Minor League Baseball announced Monday that the St. Louis-based company's new S100 batting helmet will be required in the minor leagues next season.

Six of the helmets also are being sent to each major league team for players to try out.

The helmet is designed to withstand a 100 mph pitch, but some major leaguers say it's too bulky and uncomfortable.

This month, third basemen David Wright of the Mets and Scott Rolen of the Reds suffered concussions after they were hit with pitches. Wright said he's hoping to try out the S100 when he returns to the game tomorrow.