(Read about the Easton-Bell Baseball Helmets here)
As you know I am a very big supporter of pitchers wearing helmets. I have blogged about it often.
Read Safety Equipment for Youth Baseball
Read Youth Baseball: Game Starts and Ends with a Prayer.
Read Youth Baseball: Wanted MLB Pitcher to Wear a Helmet on the Mound
The Main Point
I applaud the efforts of Easton-Bell to protect pitchers. Easton-Bell is a great company with lots of credibility so I trust that they have designed a helmet that works well. Still, from the photo of the prototype I am skeptical. A kid from my hometown was seriously injured by a line drive that hit on the top of his head as he tried to duck out of the way. Judging from the picture alone, this helmet does not seem to protect the top of the skull. Also, this looks cool, but until an MLB player wears one and makes it vogue I fear that no one will use them. Easton-Bell I hope that you can get Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay to wear your new helmet.
Until this helmet is available, my son and his teammates will be wearing All-Star catchers helmets.