Jays' pitcher no fan of prototype padded hats

Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ was hit by a line drive during a game in Tampa last season. (REUTERS)

Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ was hit by a line drive during a game in Tampa last season. (REUTERS)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:05 PM ET

CLEVELAND - The Blue Jays had a couple of the protective caps — prototypes — in their clubhouse that have been proposed by Major League Baseball that could be worn by pitchers to protect them from line drives such as the one that struck J.A. Happ in the head last year at Tropicana Field.

They look ridiculous.

Todd Redmond wore one prior to the game when he was on the field playing catch.

He or anyone else that wore it looked like Elmer Fudd or Kazoo.

The cap had a thick — about one inch deep — protective padding at the front, on the sides and at the back.

It looked absurd and Redmond said that in no way would he consider wearing such a goofy-looking cap.

“It probably weighs a pound and a half,” Redmond said. “It’s not comfortable. It’s too heavy and it’s not anything that anyone is going to wear any time soon.”

Could you get used to it?

“No, I don’t think anybody could get used to that,” he replied. “It’s different, definitely different and you’d


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