The hockey-style catcher’s mask is common in baseball now but over the weekend, Matt McBride became the first Oakland Athletics player to use it in a game.
It’s not a big deal but as an A’s fan, I have watched the team all my life and I noticed that ever since that style mask became common, none of the catcher had ever used it in a game. It was until this past weekend when McBride got called up and saw some time on the field.
It was weird for me to see it since I was not used to it. I found it interesting that it took this long for one catcher to prefer this than the old style. I better get used to it now.
Sal Fasano, Mike Rose, and Mark Johnson all wore hockey style masks in their brief Oakland stints.
Thanks for that. It was so hard to remember who has worn it and I couldn’t really look back at all the catchers the A’s have had.
as a kid, hockey goalie gear was the coolest thing in the world; always had a soft spot for hockey-style catchers. Knew I remembered some catchers in Oakland with the mask.
Love your Bay blogging and attention to peripheral topics like this, keep it up.
Thanks. I like to blog about things like this. It intrigues me.