MLB and New Era unveil new lightweight spring training caps

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MLB and New Era got together to create some new spring caps. (New Era)
MLB and New Era got together to create some new spring caps. (New Era)

Major League Baseball players will look stylish under the Arizona sun next year. The league has teamed up with New Era to unveil some new lightweight spring training and batting practice caps to be worn next season.

The goal here was to create a much lighter cap. The caps, officially named the PROLIGHT 59FIFTY, are made of a polyester material. These aren’t made with the typical fabric fans have come to expect from New Era. These caps are 26 percent lighter.

Every team will have a new PROLIGHT 59FIFTY cap, but roughly one-third of the league will feature different variations with the design. Eight clubs — the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals — will feature caps with alternate logos.

One of the alternate logo caps for the Royals. (New Era)
One of the alternate logo caps for the Royals. (New Era)

The caps will be worn during spring training and during batting practice throughout the 2018 season.

You may also notice the logos on the caps look a bit different. They aren’t embroidered on as usual. Instead, the main logos are made on little rubber badges. The spring training versions of the caps will feature logos of either the Grapefruit League or Cactus League on the side as well.

If you would like to purchase the caps — which, of course you do — they are available for preorder online at NewEraCap.com, MLBshop.com and Lids.com. They’ll be available to pickup in stores Nov. 24, but you’ll only be able to get them at Lids or at MLB park stores.

If you aren’t a fan of fitted caps, Dick’s Sporting Goods will carry a stretch-fit version of them.

According to MLB executive vice president of business Noah Garden, both Buster Posey and Bryce Harper have given the league positive feedback on the new caps.

Let’s be honest, there’s no greater compliment than Harper approving a cap. If he’s willing to cover up his luscious head of hair for these new designs, we should probably all pay close attention.

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