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Giancarlo Stanton Helmet Features Protective Face Guard for MLB Star

By    |   Friday, 27 Feb 2015 08:25 AM

Giancarlo Stanton got a chance to try out his new protective helmet this week during spring training after the Miami Marlins slugger had his season cut short last year when he was hit in the face by a pitch.

The helmet features a unique, newly designed face guard that was created by Schutt Sports, which normally makes football helmets for the NFL and college football teams, according to the Miami Herald. The helmet is made with carbon steel frame that can stand up to 100 mile-per-hour pitches.

Stanton told manufacturers he needed something that would not only protect his face, but would also allow him open sight lines and freedom of movement at the plate. The star flew up to the Schutt plant in Illinois to recently to check out their new creation, the Herald noted.



"We were so impressed with him when he came up earlier this week," Glenn Beckmann, Schutt's marketing and communication director, told the Herald. "He was genuinely interested in working this whole batter's guard out. He gave us the final instructions on what he wanted, and we had a working prototype to go (Wednesday). He was intensely engaged in every step of the development process."

Beckmann said getting the helmet guard perfect to where it does not obstruct Stanton's view of pitches in his batting stance while still providing maximum protection to his face and head took quite a bit of individual attention to detail but he believes they were able to get it down pat for the star.

The helmet meant an investment from the Marlins, as it costs between $500 and $1,000 and team owner Jeff Loria had to fly Stanton up the Illinois on his private jet for each fitting, according to NBC News.

Despite missing the rest of the last season after being hit by pitch Sept. 11, Stanton still managed to lead the National League in home runs with 37 a year ago, according to The Washington Post. He suffered multiple fractures and dental injuries when he was hit by the pitch in the game against Milwaukee.

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Giancarlo Stanton got a chance to try out his new protective helmet this week during spring training after the Miami Marlins slugger had his season cut short last year when he was hit in the face by a pitch.
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