Molded, hinged plastic plates debut in baseball caps

A former major league soccer goalkeeper named Mark Dodd has invented shock-blocking pads using molded plastics that will debut next month in caps of major league pitchers.

Pinwrest Development Group (New York, NY) acquired the technology last year from Dodd (Allen, TX) and announced this week that its Protective Cap insert has been approved for use in the 2014 season by Major League Baseball.

"Introduction of the Protective Cap represents a very significant step in the protection of major league pitchers," said Bruce Foster, Chief Executive Officer of 4Licensing Corp, which established Pinwrest last year with other investors. "Our isoBLOX technology, combined with a foam substrate, is molded into a lightweight, flexible, impact resistant head form that provides significant impact protection and can be inserted into a regular baseball cap worn by MLB Players."

Dodd is the founder and former CEO of isoBLOX.

A spokesman for 4Licensing could not be reached to discuss the polymer technology, but patents listing Dodd as the inventor show the basic ideas.

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