S100 Rawlings’ Helmet
I was reading an article in the Pioneer Press (http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_17654305?nclick_check=1) about how Justin Morneau has been wearing a S100 Rawlings’ helmet after his concussion on July 7, 2010 made him sit out the rest of the season. S100 means the helmet can withstand speeds of 100 mph, which should protect batters from most pitches in MLB. The current helmet used by the majority of MLB players and the one Morneau was wearing when he sustained his concussion can only protect against speeds up to 70 mph. Morneau says in the article that he thinks most players would be surprised to find out their helmet is rated for Little League baseball games.
Concussions are a major problem in professional sports. Players do not want to be seen as weak or humans, so they continue to be resistant to change to equipment that will keep them on the field longer, which is why choosing to not wear the S100 does not make sense to me. I will admit it is not the most fashionable thing, but if it keeps you on the field longer then players, fans, and management should all be in favor of requiring players to wear it. Hopefully Morneau will champion a new trend towards wearing the S100.