MLB pitchers' protective hats approved

Jan 28, 2014, 10:44 AM EST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 7: Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy #32 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park on September 7, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
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Major League Baseball has approved a padded cap for pitchers to wear voluntarily to protect themselves from being hit by a batted ball. After many tests and developments on different prototypes submitted by companies all around the world, MLB has finally agreed on a design. The hats, designed by 4Licensing Corporation subsidiary isoBlox, will be available to pitchers starting this season. 
 
Background:
 
MLB balks at new pitcher headgear 
 
Pitchers' protective caps approved