USA Today recently had a feature on the new caps that players will be wearing this season. Here are the highlights of that report:
Big-league caps traditionally have been made of 100% wool. The new caps, debuting opening day , look just like the old ones despite being 100% polyester.
MLB and its cap manufacturer, New Era, say the new fabric is designed to “wick” away sweat and evaporate it while reducing the stains, odor, shrinkage and fading that come with wool.
In the old caps, the bottom of the brim was light gray. In the new caps, it is black, aimed at reducing glare. The cloth headband inside the cap, also advertised as new and improved for removing moisture, has gone from white to black.
Wicking technology has been used in an array of sports apparel but “it’s new for us, and it was unique for us in that it’s headwear,” DeWaal says. “But the properties are similar to some of the other products that you see out there.”
Howard Smith, senior vice president/licensing for MLB Properties, says the change is in keeping with Commissioner Bud Selig’s focus on “getting our athletes the best product we can.” MLB also was careful not to change the look.
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