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Old 06-22-2013, 12:15 PM
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Nick Franklin's batting helmet

I just watched this video clip of Mariners' rookie infielder, Nick Franklin, hitting a 3-run HR:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=28237167

What's up with his batting helmet? I don't think I've seen one like that before. At first I thought he was just wearing a minor-league-style helmet with the two ear guards, but when I got a closer look I realized it was different. Different enough that the announcers are commenting on it (comparing his look to the Great Gazoo from The Flintstones).

He is a switch-hitter, so I guess a helmet like that means he doesn't need to keep two helmets handy, but I don't think I've noticed other switch-hitters using special helmets.
 

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