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)
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 Rodriguezsaid. “They’re very cool, very different, very different for the Yankees.” “It’s a good look” Aaron Hickssaid. Even manager Joe Girardioffered 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.