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  • Check out the newly approved protective headgear for pitchers

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago

    In their continuing effort to better protect pitchers, MLB and the MLBPA have approved a new protective headgear design that will be available during spring training.

    According to ESPN's Outside The Lines, 20 major-league pitchers are expected to receive the new Boombang headgear early in spring training and will be the first to experiment with the model.

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    The new model gives the appearance of a partial batting helmet, including ear protection based on which arm the pitcher throws with. Research done by Boombang showed that line drives to the side of the head typically strike right-handers on the right and lefties on the left because of follow-through position, making the side protection crucial.   

    Here's more information from the Outside the Lines report:

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  • Braves will build new Hank Aaron monument at SunTrust Park

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    The Atlanta Braves have announced that they are no longer contesting the  Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority regarding the future location of the bronze Hank Aaron statue outside Turner Field. 

    The team had hoped to bring the statue with them as they prepare to move to SunTrust Park in Cobb County next season, but will now allow it to remain in downtown Atlanta. Instead, the Braves have announced plans to honor Aaron with a new monument at their new ballpark.

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    Here's the Braves' official statement on the statue dispute, courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:  

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