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Yankees Matte helmets
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 27: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees celebrates his two-run home run with teammate Starlin Castro #14 during the sixth inning of a game on May 27, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees Unveil Matte Helmets

A modification has come to the New York Yankees uniforms, virtually unchanged since the team moved to the Polo Grounds in 1913 (the team was established in 1901).  Last night in Tampa, the Yankees new, matte-finish batting helmets made their debut.

Players, after voting on a prototype earlier in the season, had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the new look. “I love them,” Alex Rodriguez said. “They’re very cool, very different, very different for the Yankees.” “It’s a good look” Aaron Hicks said.  Even manager Joe Girardi offered his approval: “I like them. It’s something different…Matte finish has kind of become popular on cars, and now I guess it’s popular in helmets. It’s been pretty popular in some football helmets in college. We’ve seen a lot of that, so I like it.”

Interestingly, it may not be so different after all: Freelance sports photographer Paul Plaine tweeted a side-by-side photo of Mickey Mantle and Brett Gardner both wearing matte navy blue helmets.

Social media immediately was a-buzz with reactions, both positive and negative, from the fans after the top of the first inning.  For those traditionalists who do not like the matte look, the Yankees’ equipment manager has some encouraging news: the matte look will be used for road games only, as they complement the team’s gray uniforms.

Do you like the new Yankees matte helmets?

Yes – wish they’d adopt them for all games
Yes – I like how they use them for road-only
No – I prefer the traditional, shiny helmets