Alex Torres First Pitcher to Wear Protective Cap: San Diego Padres reliever Alex Torres became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to wear the new protective padded cap in a game. The league has been testing different protection since Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck by a line drive and suffered life-threatening brain injuries 17 months ago. The look inspired comparisons to Dark Helmet and Super Mario on Twitter, but Torres said, "It doesn't feel like how it looks on my head."
So Alex Torres becomes the first pitcher to wear the new protective hat. Thoughts? Ridiculous comments? pic.twitter.com/H3TsYtZM7p— Covers.com (@Covers) June 22, 2014