Many youth leagues mandate that pitchers wear helmets. Getting major league pitchers to try something may take time — finding the right comfort, fit and feel isn't easy.
"We might roll out something and have to tweak it a few times," Halem said.
Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro pitched against sluggers Willie Mays, Johnny Bench and Willie Stargell for years, and wishes there had been a similar product in his days.
"You wonder how guys don't get hit in the head more often," he said Monday. "That ball coming back at you, a lot of times you have no chance."
"I don't see how pitchers would like wearing something like that," he said. "If they make it a rule, maybe they'll have to. But I would guess that after some experimenting, they'll figure it out."