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This is Why Alex Torres Wears a Funny-Looking Cap

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This is New York Mets pitcher Alex Torres.

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You’re probably asking yourself: “What’s the deal with his cap?”

Torres is the first — and only — MLB player to wear this huge padded cap.

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It’s designed to protect ballplayers from life-threatening head injuries. Torres, a left-handed relief pitcher, wears the MLB-approved cap to protect him from “comebackers.”

Torres has seen the damage a baseball can do.

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When he played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Torres’ teammate, Alex Cobb, was hit in the head by a line drive.

Cobb’s standard MLB cap did little to protect his head.

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Players from both teams watched Cobb in agony.

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Cobb had to leave the game with a mild concussion.

As Cobb was taken off in a stretcher, guess who replaced him?

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Alex Torres. When asked about Cobb, Torres told the New York Times: “I thought he died.”

When traded to the San Diego Padres, Torres began wearing this hat.

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Torres continued to be deeply affected by incident involving his former teammate, Alex Cobb.

And the Twitter jokes began:

But getting hit in the head with a baseball is no laughing matter.

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In 2012, Brandon McCarthy needed surgery for a skull fracture and brain contusion after he was hit in the head by a comebacker.

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Last year, Cincinnati Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman suffered facial fractures when a line drive struck him above the left eye during a spring training game.

Chapman shared this post-surgery photo on Instagram.

Mi gente todo esta bien gracias a dios ya salimos de todo tipo de problema estoy aquí esperando q me den de alta

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But guys don’t get hit that often, right?

Well, it happened again this year.

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Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco suffered a bruised jaw after this comebacker during a game in April.

So Torres continues to wear his funny-looking hat.

It’s a different version from last year’s. Although the hat does not protect Torres from facial injuries like the ones Chapman and Carrasco suffered, it is designed to protect players from potentially life-threatening injuries, like getting hit in the temple.

And, of course, the jokes continue.

Keep laughing, Alex Torres isn’t listening.

“I don’t care how I look, I care about the protection,” Torres told ESPN.

Stephanie Sigman: 10 Things You Must Know about this Latina Taking Over Hollywood

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Stephanie Sigman: 10 Things You Must Know about this Latina Taking Over Hollywood

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She stepped into the Hollywood scene three years ago with her first feature film Miss Bala, produced by Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal…and if Luna and Bernal like her, you should too.  Here’s why…

She’s filming Spectre alongside Bond hunk Daniel Craig.

Directed by Sam Mendes, Sigman will be playing a mysterious character named Estrella in the latest 007 film. While the role may be minor, this is her biggest Hollywood film to date.

And soon you’ll catch her on Netflix.

The Sonora, Mexico native, will be starring in the new Netflix series Narcos, which follows the criminal life of Pablo Escobar. If OITNB or House of Cards are any indication, this is sure to be yet another hit for the streaming service.

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She dreams of working with Quentin Tarantino.

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Kitchen mood

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“I have big dreams of one day working with Quentin Tarantino. It would be my dream come true,” said Sigman to Movies.com. And it looks like she’s ready to get down to business.

Working with Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger was amazing.

FX’s The Bridge was Sigman’s first U.S. TV series. She played Eva Guerra, a young girl caught up in a love triangle.

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Barbara Mori is one of her besties.

After co-starring with Mori in Alicia en el País de Maria, the two became close pals.

And The Arctic Monkeys totally heart her.

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Last year, The Arctic Monkeys featured Sigman in their muy sexy music video for “Snap Out of It.”

How could they not?

Sigman began modeling at age 16 after winning the Elite Model Look modeling competition.

She’s strong and powerful.

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DREAM 💖 BELIEVE 💜 ACHIEVE💙

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Beating the crap out of boxing trainers is how she stays in perfect shape.

But, even superheroes have weaknesses.

Despite her love for Japanese and Italian food, Sigman admits that she’s a sucker for tacos.

Best of all, she’s just like us.

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There’s something cool about a girl who’s not shy about about posting a mask selfie.

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