Players to keep their cool in 2007

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. – One question facing baseball this season: Will cooler heads prevail? On Opening Day, the sport will doff the traditional wool cap in favor of a new polyester blend model designed to wick away sweat before it can stream down a player’s face. The change is part of commissioner Bud Selig’s focus on boosting player performance, a Major League Baseball official said, and follows a general trend toward moisture-managing “performance” materials in sports apparel. “We started to think, `How can those developments be applied to our headwear?”‘ said John DeWaal, vice president of brand communications at New Era Cap Co., the manufacturer that holds the cap contract. Among early supporters of the new cap is AL Rookie of the Year Justin Verlander, who got a preview while shooting a commercial for New Era. “They look exactly the same, they breathe more and they won’t shrink,” Verlander said. “The best thing is, when it rains, the hats won’t stink like the wool ones did.” In broaching the change, New Era was well aware of the 100 percent wool cap’s long-standing place in baseball history, DeWaal said. Aside from tweaks here and there – a switch from leather sweatbands to cloth in the 1980s, for example – this is the first major overhaul of the baseball cap since the current, six-panel model was adopted in 1954. “There’s a lot of tradition in baseball and we couldn’t completely go against that tradition so we always had that as a parameter,” DeWaal said, “but we wanted to take as open-minded a look at this as possible.” Steve Vucinich, equipment manager of the Oakland A’s, didn’t think there was anything wrong with the old caps when he began testing the new ones with the team’s pitchers about a year ago. center_img “This one is just so much better,” he said after putting it through its paces atop Dan Haren, Joe Blanton, Huston Street and others. The key is the new cap’s ability to absorb sweat so that it can quickly evaporate. “The heat is from the inside of the cap where your head is,” Vucinich explained. “Before, it would just sweat to the band and it would drip kind of toward the bill but drip off there. Now the sweat goes out of the cap, even on top, and then it dries naturally.” There are also some changes to the cap’s underside. The piece under the visor, for example, has gone from gray to black to reduce reflection and glare from the sun and stadium lights. The new caps will retail at about $32, up from the current $29, DeWaal said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgOver one hundred and sixty runners and walkers took to the roads in Churchill this morning to take part in the inaugural Bluebird Care 5k, raising an impressive €1,700 in aid of The Órán Nibbs Foundation.Family, friends and neighbours of young Órán Nibbs, from Trentagh, were delighted with the great show of support as people from all parts of Donegal joined in to do the distance to make a difference.“We are heartened by the great turnout here today in support of Órán. Thank you to the team at Bluebird Care and everyone involved in making this event possible, and a special thanks to Bernie Heron, Órán’s Bluebird Carer who helps and supports us everyday” says Aisling Nibbs, Órán’s mother. The first over the line with an impressive time of 16.55 was Gerard McGrenaghan from Letterkenny Athletic Club, closely followed by Marcus McClintock, from Letterkenny Athletic Club at 17.20 and Pádraig Breslin taking third place in the men’s category with a time of 18.22.Irene McFadden, from Letterkenny Athletic Club was the first female over the line with a time of 19.38, tailed by Monica McGrenaghan, from Letterkenny Athletic Club at 19.40 and Frances Judge, from Letterkenny Athletic Club coming in third place in the female category at 20 minutes exactly.Donal Haughey, from Tir Conail Athletic Club took first place in the males over 50 category with a time of 19.34. Antoin Boyle, from Letterkenny Athletic Club came first place in the junior boy’s category at 29.26. Kathy Boyle, took first place in the female over 45 category with a time of 23.44. Aine Duddy, from Churchill came in first place in the junior girls category at 28.58.All of the funds raised from the Bluebird Care 5k today will go towards helping Órán, who suffers from a rare and progressive condition called Mitochondrial Disease, to receive vital medical treatment in America. Speaking after the event in the Gartan Outdoor Education Centre, Director of Bluebird Care (Donegal and Leitrim) Marty Kelly, said, “well done and many thanks to all of you who have made today a great success, especially to all our runners and walkers who have helped us raise €1,700 to go towards youngÓrán’s vital treatment in America.“I would also like to thank Gartan Outdoor Education Centre; Aura Leisure Centre; Glenleary Stables Ramelton; Evolve Menswear; The Swing Room; Neary’s Pharmacy; The Zip Yard; Jiffy Dry Cleaners and HairDO’s Hairdressers for generously sponsoring today’s great prizes”The Bluebird Care 5K will become an annual event to raise funds to support local charities. For more information on Bluebird Care log INAUGURAL BLUEBIRD CARE 5K RAISES €1,700 FOR ORAN NIBBS FOUNDATION was last modified: October 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more