This is rather old news. In fact, Deadspin covered it over a year ago.

But I live in Tucson and we’re on a bit of a delay. So today, via the AZ Daily Star’s baseball blog, comes news that former MLB pitcher Mark Littell has developed a bigger, better athletic protector — the Nutty Buddy.

From the AZ Daily Star:

Littell now works around the minor leagues as a pitching coordinator, and the idea for the Nutty Buddy came several years ago in the dugout.

“I asked my pitchers, how many of you guys don’t wear cups? And half of them raised their hand,” he said. “So I went off on a little mild tirade at the time.”

Littell made his first prototype with a moldable plastic for splints and two golf balls. He says he’s now sunk $40,000 of his own money into refining the model and applying for patents. His company has sold about 3,500 of the cups through the Web.

But really, it’s all about the video. Make sure you watch all the way through to the end. You wouldn’t want to miss former Reds 3B Chris Sabo talking about how much he wished he was wearing the Nutty Buddy when a line drive split his cup.

Here’s what Littell has to say about how his cup compares to those made by other companies:

“Let’s get the CEO of every cup company,” he says. “You put your cup on, and I’ll put my cup on, and we’ll see who’s left standing.”

The gauntlet, er, cup, has been thrown.

5 Responses to “Meet the Nutty Buddy”

  1. bc twins fan says:

    Santana and Redmond for Wright and Milliage (sp?)

  2. I love Johan Santana (who doesn’t?). But the Mets cannot and will not part with their franchise player who’s signed to a reasonable long-term deal for a pitcher (no matter how talented he is) who may walk after next season. Even if they can resign Santana, when weighing their respective values based on their costs, any team, I think, would prefer to have Wright over Santana. Throw in Milledge, who still projects as an above-average OFer, and it’s not even a contest.

  3. Coley Ward says:

    Looks like the Mets have found their catcher. According to Metsblog, today New York traded Guillerma Mota for Johnny Estrada.

    “In 120 games with the Brewers last season, Estrada hit .278 with 10 homers and 54 RBI.

    Estrada underwent arthroscopic surgery on October 4th to repair torn medical meniscus in his left knee. He also had a bone spur removed from his right elbow.”

    Estrada has now worn out his welcome in Arizona and Milwaukee. He must be a real gem.

    This was the Mets trading their steroid user for the Brewers’ malcontent.

  4. I expect very little from Estrada. But I don’t expect much at all from the catcher’s position all together. The only impact guy was Posada and he never became a free agent. If that’s the case, then a one-year rental of Estrada for useless Guillermo Mota is OK by me. Estrada won’t get any better, but I’d rather him for a year than any of the other available guys for three.

  5. Jojo Fireball says:

    When this gets out to the S&M community I bet Baseball Express will have a rash of sales on their two wheel jugs gun and practice balls…. Just looks “nutty” enough to take off and become the next trend for lonely s&m couples looking to spice up the bedroom atmosphere….

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