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  • Rays turn Kevin Kiermaier's home run robbery into bobblehead

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago

    Your browser does not support iframes. If you're looking for the next great bobblehead to add to your collection, the Tampa Bay Rays have produced a prime target.

    On April 16, the Rays will be giving away a Kevin Kiermaier bobblehead depicting his incredible home run robbery of Manny Machado last season at Camden Yards.

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    Sound familiar? 

    It should. Mike Trout once made an eerily similar play at Camden Yards during his rookie season, and that too was turned into a bobblehead by the Los Angeles Angels.

    There's just something about that ballpark that lends itself to memorable home run robberies (probably the low fences from the left field line to the right field wall) and makes it look good on a bobblehead.

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  • Check out the newly approved protective headgear for pitchers

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 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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