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MLB base coaches don protective helmets, but some see kinks in new rule

Updated: February 27, 2008, 6:37 PM ET
Associated Press

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Glenn Hubbard trotted on the field Wednesday wearing a helmet -- and feeling downright ridiculous.

"You know what it feels like?" he asked before a spring training game. "Look at that kid over there."

Hubbard pointed toward a young batboy standing at the edge of the Braves dugout, his head dutifully covered by a helmet.

"That's what I feel like," Hubbard said, not bothering to hide the disgust in his voice. "A batboy."

Actually, Hubbard is the first base ...

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