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  • Alex Torres earns first career save while wearing new protective headgear

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew32 mins ago

    New York Mets reliever Alex Torres was a pioneer of sorts when he became the first pitcher in MLB to wear a protective cap in a regular season game.

    That significant moment in baseball's journey to better protect its pitchers happened last June 21, when Torres was still pitching for the San Diego Padres. What's most notable here in 2015 is that the model Torres wore then is apparently already as obsolete as the old Padres uniform in his closet, which seems to suggest a continued evolution and improvement with the the product.

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    At least that's the feeling we got on Saturday when we first saw Torres trotting to the mound at Citi Field wearing this new, bulked up model that's designed to absorb contact from baseballs traveling at scary speeds and even flying bats like that of Christian Yelich on Saturday.

    Did we mention bulked up?

    Here's a side-by-side comparison for reference.

    Old hat vs. new hat:

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    Sun, Apr 19
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