Mets pitchers skeptical of protective hats

February, 18, 2014
Feb 18
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isoBloxMLB pitchers will have the option of using protective hats during the 2014 season.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets have not yet received their shipment of the new protective caps designed to protect pitchers on the mound. And while pitchers on Tuesday expressed a willingness to try them during a spring-training bullpen session once the caps arrives, none polled indicated with any conviction that he would wear the clunkier caps in-season.

"Let's be honest, I go by odds," Jonathon Niese said. "The odds of getting hit in the head are pretty slim."

Dillon Gee agreed, asking how many pitchers were nailed by line drives last season.

"Two?" Gee asked.

He was correct: J.A. Happ was struck on the left ear and suffered a fractured skull and Alex Cobb suffered a concussion in 2013.

"I'll try it here," Niese added. "I want to see it. Of course I'll try it."

Said Bobby Parnell: "I wouldn't exclude the possibility, but it would have to be comfortable."

Said Scott Rice: "I'll see what it looks like -- or see what it feels like -- but I'm not planning on wearing it." Rice added he would wear it if it felt normal, but "I have a feeling I won't," he said.

Said Zack Wheeler: "Maybe in a bullpen. Probably not, though."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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