"It's mandatory. No ifs, ands or buts about it," Bob Watson, MLB's vice president of rules and on-field operations, said Saturday night. "If you aren't wearing a helmet, you will be warned by the umpire.
"If you then still don't wear it, you will be ejected and fined -- and the fine is significant."
Second, some don't mind the helmet:
"It's no problem at all," said Dino Ebel, the Angels' third-base coach. "I wore it around the field and the clubhouse for a few days, and it felt perfectly normal. I'm good to go with it -- and you do get some line drives coming your way."
Third, some don't like the rule at all:
But Andy Van Slyke, the Tigers' first-base coach, said, "It's very odd, because it's leading to many headaches. It's uncomfortable. It's hot. It's unnecessary."
And finally, I can't figure out what the deal with Jose Oquendo is:
"It's hard, uncomfortable," Oquendo said. "You can't chew gum. Not happy with it."