Congratulations to MLB for introducing padded pitching caps to help protect pitchers from line drives that could on a rare occurrence hit them in the head.
If AlexLOGIC had been consulted with, AlexLOGIC would have suggested creating a truly disposable pitching cap that is thrown away after each contact with a baseball. Since the average pitcher may experience one contact every several seasons, a disposable cap makes a ton of sense.
A disposable baseball cap would presumably allow the overall weight to be reduced from a non disposable padded pitching cap. If a disposable cap means less overall weight increase that probably also means it won't generate as much heat as a non disposable pitching cap would while the pitcher is on the mound.
I could see using collapsable accordion designed cardboard for a disposable pitching cap. Good for one impact, then throw it away. I suppose the downside to this concept would be if the pitcher's sweat penetrates the cardboard, resulting in a continual wetting / drying cycle that would weaken or malform the pitching cap sooner rather than later.
Maybe some type of water / sweat resistant lightweight cardboard that collapses on impact would be the ideal solution. In AlexLOGIC's opinion, 4 extra ounces is probably the additional weight threshold that most pitcher's would consider dealing with.
However, if a disposable or non-disposable cap adds weight which in turn makes it hotter to wear when pitching, that could mean less overall use of such a cap.
It is possible that any extra weight added to a pitching cap means the pitcher's neck has to work harder to support their head, which would mean extra energy used, which means extra heat generated and possibly more heat retained within the padded pitching cap.
I suppose the ultimate irony could be that adding any extra weight to a pitching cap could just make it hotter, possibly nullifying the benefit of what the cap was intended for. If a pitcher feels hotter and sweatier, they just may not pitch as well, which could be just as dangerous over the long haul as not wearing a cap that adds weight.
You design innovators who are interested in designing the perfect, light weight and padded pitching cap, MLB is probably receptive to seeing what you have come up with.
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