Index Caps Helmets Jerseys Numbers Patches

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Helmets

Here you can find detailed information about all helmets worn by the Diamondbacks.  I have arranged them in the order that they were introduced.  Especially in the early years, the caps and helmets did not always much.  Lately, they have fallen more in line with tradition, though, as the caps and helmets are almost always the same.

1998 Home

The inaugural helmet was only worn for one season.  This was worn for all home games, no matter which jersey or cap was worn.  The snake "D" logo was used only on the helmets in 1998, but the next season it would be used on the road caps and helmets.

1998 Road

As with the home helmets, the original road helmets were only worn for one season.  They were also worn for every road game, no matter which jersey was used.

1999-2006 Home

The purple shell with the "A" logo had been used as the primary home cap since 1998, but it also became the design for the home helmet in 1999.  This would be used for the remainder of the purple era, though it was also available in the CoolFlo style for 2006 only.

1999-2006 Road

The second season saw a change in the road helmets as well, as the snake "D" logo from the inaugural home helmets was now used on both the road caps and helmets.  There was a slight difference, however, as the helmet logo featured an extra white outline, whereas the cap logo did not.  As with the new home helmet, the design would remain unchanged, other than the addition of CoolFlo helmets.

2006 Home CoolFlo

Rawlings introduced a new style in 2006 which was adopted by a few teams.  It featured vented holes along the sides, top, and back of the helmet.  The Diamondbacks kept the basic style as well, so each player had the choice of which helmet to wear.

The design was first used by a few teams in the 2005 All Star Game, but it did not make its regular season appearance until the following season.

2006 Road CoolFlo

The new style was also available in the road helmet.

2007-Current Home/Road

Identical to the home cap, the slightly altered snake "D" appeared on a red helmet for most home and all road games.

2007-Current Home Alternate

This is only used on Saturday home games when black jerseys and caps are worn.  It also is identical to the cap style, all black with the "A" logo.

Rawlings S-100

With an increase in concusions from batters hit in the head, Rawlings created a new helmet in 2009 designed to withstand a 100-mph fastball, called the S-100.  A few MLB players have tried it out, most notably David Wright of the Mets.  However, most players find it to be too bulky and akward, and no Diamondbacks player has yet worn one in a game.  They are required in the minor leagues, though, and some minor leaguers wear them during Spring Training games, such as David Winfree, below in 2011.

Catchers' Helmets

Most of the catchers for the Diamondbacks have used the traditional style of a helmet without an ear flap turned backwards.  There have been a few that used the newer "Hockey Style" mask.

Almost always, the helmet has been the same as the cap being used in that game, other than 1998, where the helmets and caps did not match.  For whatever reason, Damian Miller often chose to wear the road helmet no matter where the game was played.

Damian Miller (far right) started the trend of wearing the road helmet at home way back in 1998.

He would still wear the road helmet as late as 2002.

Only on the road did Damian Miller's helmet
match the caps of his teammates.

In 2003, Chad Moeller was exactly the opposite, choosing the wear the home helmet for both home and road games.

Mismatching headgear would again return in 2007, as Chris Snyder would often wear the black helmet.

Though he would also wear the red helmet on occasion, matching the caps worn by everyone else.

But Miguel Montero went the opposite direction in 2008, wearing the red helmet, no matter the jersey.

In 2011, Montero started using a Cool-Flo helmet, a flapless style similar to the ones worn by batters as early as 2006.

Other catchers, such as Henry Blanco, continued to use a traditional, rounded helmet with no ventilation holes.

Hockey Style Masks

To my knowledge, there have been four catchers who have worn hockey masks: Kelly Stinnett, Johnny Estrada, Robby Hammock, and Miguel Montero.

Kelly Stinnent (1998-2000, 2005), the backup catcher on the inaugural team, was the first to sport the hockey mask.

Unlike hockey goalies, catchers are not allowed to have personalized paint jobs, as they must conform with the colors and logos of the rest of the uniform.  Stinnett's style was fairly simple, with a large "A" logo on the front, small primary logos above the ears, and a purple/gold diamond pattern down the sides.

Robby Hammock (2003-2008) would bring
back the same style as Stinnett.

Johnny Estrada (2006) came out with a flashy new design, with snakes wrapped around the shell, and many of the team's colors splashed across.

The back of Estrada's helmet also featured a unique design.  I am not sure what the logo represents.

Robby Hammock debuted a new helmet to match the new colors in 2007.  There wasn't much as far as style, as pretty much the entire helmet was plain red.

Hammock's 2008 version was black with a Diamondbacks logo on the back and red and white panels on top.

Miguel Montero (2006) had a bland design, with an all black shell.

Montero changed early in the 2007 season to all gray gear, which he continued to wear throughout the playoffs.  By 2008, he had switched to a traditional style helmet and mask.