In case you haven't heard, Rawlings has introduced a new batting helmet, the S100, that can withstand a 100 mph impact from a baseball. It will be available to MLB players shortly (and mandatory for MiLB players next year), and is slightly larger than the current models, with a kind of lacrosse-helmet look to it. There's already been some blowback from players who think it makes them look dorky. (Mark Teixeira passed.) Let me suggest that MLB and the MLBPA should make the new helmets mandatory, and if they don't, each team should do so for all players they have under contract. A player KIA from a beanball—and it's only a matter of time before it happens again—would be both tragic and a disaster for the sport. From a purely mercenary point of view, I'd certainly want my $180 million new first baseman protected to the max. David Wright, of the Mets, is already out for the season after a beaning. As a parent, you want the pros setting the best possible example. Sometimes, in design, function trumps aesthetics. This is one of those times.