On January 28 2014 — Major League Baseball announces it has approved the use of a new pitcher’s cap with extra padding to try to cut back on injuries from liners to the mound. The headgear, which is a half-inch thicker in the front than a standard cap and an inch thicker on the sides, will be optional for players in the majors and minor leagues, although it is expected to find more users in youth leagues.

 


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