New Batting Helmets: Baseball Players Are Not Too Bright

Rawlings unveiled its new S100 batting helmet, guaranteeing protection from pitches up to 100mph.  The current models are dent resistent to 70mph, making them worthless in a Major League context.

The Players’ Union fought doggedly against steroid restrictions, yet allowed it’s membership face death daily with nary a whimper?  That’s stupid.  Even more stupid is that some players will refuse to wear them.

Here was Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur’s opinion.

“No, I am absolutely not wearing that,” Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur told the Times after seeing a prototype model of the S100. “I could care less what they say, I’m not wearing it. There’s got to be a way to have a more protective helmet without all that padding. It’s brutal. We’re going to look like a bunch of clowns out there.”

Jeff Francoeur is more concerned about looking fly than potential brain damage and death.  It is that logic from motorcyclists that keeps neuroscientists supplied with human brain tissue.

In Francoeur’s case, it’s that exact foresight that has led him to maintain his purely instinctive hitting style, despite a less than stellar .295 OBP the past two seasons.

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