Big helmet or tiny head? Francisco Cervelli fans (hey, he has some!) have been wondering that for a few weeks now, but in the coming years an entire corps of MLB players may look like futuristic, yet dorky space travelers.
Cervelli is the only Major League regular to wear the Rawlings S100 batting helmet, so named because it can survive the direct impact of a 100-m.p.h. fastball from 24 feet away. (Most current helmets crumble at anything over 70.) It was first made famous by David Wright, who wore one briefly while recovering from a concussion last season, and renders the wearer virtually invulnerable to beanballs. Naturally, no self-respecting ball player would be caught dead in one.