The MLB have told the 30 baseball franchises that they have approved a protective cap for pitchers to wear, reports CBS Sports.
Call for pitchers to wear protective headgear reached feverpitch in 2012 when Brandon McCarthy almost lost his life after being hit with a line drive in 2012.
McCarthy, then pitching for the Oakland A's, went down with the hit but managed to leave the field on his own strength. However, after if was revealed his had suffered a fractured skull and an epidural hemorrhage, he underwent two hours of surgery to relieve cranial pressure.
He survived and even returned to Oakland A's as a spectator for the postseason.
"We're excited to have a product that meets our safety criteria," said MLB executive vice president for labor relations Dan Halem to ESPN. "MLB is committed to working with manufacturers to develop products that offer maximum protection to our players, and we're not stopping at all."
4Licensing Corporation, a subsidiary of isoBlox, has been commissioned to start manufacturing the headgear and will make them available to players for spring training. However, the wearing of the headgear will be optional.
The was required to meet National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment standards up to 83 mph, which is the average speed of a line drive when it reaches the pitcher's mound.
"What we've given [pitchers] is a product with protection they've never had before. It changes the game for them," Bruce Foster, CEO of 4Licensing told ESPN. "Short of wearing a helmet, I am doubtful there'll be a product to protect against 100 mph. Hopefully there will be."
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