Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has got some new gear.
The Marlins right-fielder was hit in the face by an 88-mph pitch from Milwaukee pitcher Mike Fiers in September, which caused multiple facial fractures and ended his season.
"After what happened last year -- from missing time with my teammates, through all the medical procedures I had to go through -- I wanted to ensure that it will not happen again," Stanton said in a statement.
This year, Stanton will be sporting a new protective helmet custom-made by Schutt featuring a face-guard in the shape of the letter 'G.' It's not all for looks though, the helmet, made of carbon-fiber steel, has been designed to withstand pitches up to 100 mph.
"We spent hours going back and forth trying to create the ideal look, and then conducted some tests to ensure it performed," said Stanton. "Finally, we added some style to the bar and they were able to get it exactly how I wanted it."
Stanton, 25, said he didn't experience any anxiety while taking his first pitches since his injury in the batting cage on Thursday at spring training in Jupiter, Fla.
"It was just like any other spring training," Stanton said, according to ESPN. "I wanted to minimize any expectations on either side. I didn't think that I would have any thoughts about [the injury] and I didn't."
Stanton, who signed a 13-year, $325-million contract during the offseason, hit 37 home runs while hitting .288 with an .950 on-base plus slugging percentage before he was injured last season. He also led Miami with 105 runs batted in.
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