Giancarlo Stanton’s season ended with a horrific beaning which broke several bones in his face. With the Marlins making a gigantic investment in him this past offseason, his safety and comfort in the batter’s box is pretty important, so it’s not at all surprising that he got a new helmet.
And it’s pretty cool. Go here to see pictures of it. Unlike a lot of helmets with face guards, his guard is not solid but, rather, made from a carbon steel frame like a football face mask. And no, not like Dave Parker’s football face mask.
And while the Marlins are often called cheap, Jeff Loria does understand the value of his investment here. The helmet costs between $500 and $1,000 and he flew Stanton up for a final fitting of the helmet earlier this week on his private jet.