Easton is coming out with a protective head gear for pitchers…great idea or is Easton double-dipping and looking for profit?

9 Responses to “Easton is coming out with a protective head gear for pitchers…great idea or is Easton double-dipping and looking for profit?”

  1. March 23, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Easton announced last week that it would be coming out with “The Dome”, a protective head gear for baseball and softball pitchers. My good friend and colleague, Rick Wolff, mentioned this on his show last week.

    As many of you know, I have the utmost respect for Rick and firmly believe he is the smartest guy walking the planet when it comes to issues of youth sports. However, that doesn’t mean he and I don’t disagree from time to time.

    Rick’s take on all this is that non-wood bats should be taken out of the game and that Easton is playing under the table by coming out with headgear that, in essence, protects a child from one of Easton’s own products…metal bats.

    I wonder what you think about this one. Many of you are torn but is Easton doing the right thing here or are they simply cashing in on a problem that they themselves have created and perpetuated?

    Maybe we’ll get to this one on the show this week.


    Coach Tony

  2. 2 eric
    March 25, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    If the equipment protects kids it I commend them for developing it. It has been discussed on your show before that injury will occur whether it’s a metal or wood bat. So I don’t see it as a double dip.

    The big question is will it be accepted and used.

  3. March 29, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Our company developed a HeadGuard for youth pitchers and fielders over two and a half years ago. It inserts in any baseball cap. You can see our product at our website which includes instructional videos at http://www.sportsguardinc.com. We also have a unique heart protector, the StealthGuard, and the XGrip, a cushioned treaded grip that reduces the sting from aluminum and composite bats.

    • 4 jimjungo
      April 26, 2011 at 10:46 PM

      I checked this out and the product certainly is non-obtrusive and reasonably priced. Do you have research that it is effective?

  4. 5 John DiGuglielmo
    April 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    The single greatest change that can be made to youth baseball (tee ball through high school) is banning any and all aluminum bats and going back to wood bats.

    Ask yourself, “Why doesn’t MLB use aluminum bats?”

  5. April 17, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    While I believe wood bats would be a good thing and separate the true hitters from the kids who only get by becuase of metal bats, you unfortunately are still missing the point.

    If a kid hits a line drive back at a pitcher, it usually means he was right on the pitch and hit it perfectly. Whether it’s a wood bat or a metal bat, the kid won’t have enough time to react and kids will still get hurt and or killed.

    Again I want to see wood bats in older kids but that will not protect our kids. Protective head and face gear along with heart protection are the only true solution.

    • 7 John DiGuglielmo
      April 17, 2011 at 6:31 PM

      You didn’t comment on why MLB doesn’t use aluminum.
      MLB doesnt use metal because its dangerous.
      What has a greater Ball Exit Speed Ratio, wood or metal?
      The likelihood of injury, is significantly greater using metal.
      A pitcher (or infielder) has a greater chance to react, and protect themselves when a ball is hit using wood, that, there is no denying.
      How many of these unfortunate occurrences does youth baseball have to incur, before parents and coaches realize, that they need make winning and personal statics secondary, and truly put a child’s safety first. Protective gear is necessary due to metal bats.
      How many deaths and injuries were caused by aluminum bats? 98%?
      And yes, Easton is cashing in on what they have created.

  6. April 17, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Again I believe you’re missing the point. Only a total moron would try to argue that a ball doesn’t fly off a metal bat faster than wood. I’ve pointed that out numerous times.
    The point here is that people who say the reaction times are “significantly” different are just wrong. Studies have shown that the same line drive off a metal bat that gives a pitcher .32 seconds to react gives the pitcher a whopping .49 seconds to react.
    If you look at the science of it, you’ll see that my point isn’t, nor has it ever been whether or not a ball comes off a metal bat faster. My concern is that the line drive that will ultimately kill a person will do so whether it’s a wood or metal bat
    the only way to solve this is to stop trying to move towards need equipment and start putting protective gear on the kids.
    As for Easton cashing in…would you rather Easton cash in or have our kids unprotected?
    I personally don’t care if Philip Morris makes them as long as someone is working towards a REAL solution instead of going on a witch hunt and trying assign blame in the wrong places.

  7. April 27, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    you gotta imagine that it’s more effective than not wearing anything at all. Seriously, you have to assume there were tests done. My only concern is a lack of facial protection.

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