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08/31/2009 9:45 AM ET
New helmets required for MiLB in 2010
Rawlings, MiLB announce new S100 batting helmet to be worn next year

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NEW YORK - Baseball's top prospects will have even more protection at the plate next season.

Rawlings and Minor League Baseball announced Monday that the St. Louis-based company's new S100 batting helmet will be required in the minors next season. Six of the sturdy helmets also are being sent to each major league team for its players to try out for the rest of this year.

The helmet is designed to withstand a 100 mph pitch but some major leaguers say it's too bulky and uncomfortable.

Just this month, third basemen David Wright of the Mets and Scott Rolen of the Reds were beaned and landed on the disabled list with concussions. Wright says he's hoping to try out the S100 when he's activated before Tuesday's game in Colorado.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.