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Pitcher Alex Torres Wears Protective Hat During Mets-Marlins Game, Earns Save

Pitcher Alex Torres Wears Protective Hat During Mets-Marlins Game, Earns Save

New York Mets Pitcher Alex Torres uses his head when it comes to safety.

By Peter Elliott – Lead NFL and MLB Writer – @PelliottSports

The 27-year-old left-hander wore special protective headgear in a Saturday night game against the Miami Marlins as seen in this Twitter photo from Mark Craig:

Torres is no stranger to the extra padding, as he wore a cap similar to this while with the San Diego Padres last year.

Torres wears the cap not as an oversized joke, but a safety precaution after he saw what happened to teammate Alex Cobb while he was with the Rays in 2013.

Torres commented on his safety saying:

I love this game and this game is my life, I need to take care of myself.

The headgear is definitely different from last year’s version, as he wore a separate protective ring that gets placed around the base of his cap and cushions the head from ear to ear.

Isoblox, the company that designed the headgear, have also made changes to make the cap lighter than previous versions.

Torres definitely got a lot of attention from fans, reporters, and players alike as many described it as “different.”

While the cap may have helped if a ball was hit at him, proof will have to wait for another game, as Torres struck out the only batter he faced, Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich to end the game.

Hopefully, this type of cap can help prevent disasters from happening in the future.

Peter Elliott writes about the NFL and MLB for Talking Baws.

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