In this piece by Marc Topkin, we learn that Gregg Zaun wants to catch well into his mid-40s (he is 38 now). But the most disappointing news to us is learning that MLB now has a new rule that says catchers can no longer get custom paint jobs on their catching helmets.
With at least three previous teams, Zaun had his helmet customized much the way a hockey goalie would.
Now compare that to his new helmet with the Rays…
Pretty boring. Apparently the rule changed while Zaun was playing for Baltimore so his helmet at the time was grandfathered in. But now that he is with the Rays, it will just be the plain blue.
Ugh. It’s like Bud Selig just told us Santa Claus wasn’t coming this year because the Rays suck.