Baseball is what most people consider to be a non-grueling sport, which for the most part is a matter of opinion. However, inside the baseball community the people who are put through the most abuse are those who catch. Catchers not only have to account for balls in the dirt and use their body to stop them, they are also most probable of getting into a person to person collision. In recent years this percentage has gone down drastically due to rule changes. However, the catcher still has to put there bodies on the line the most to play the game.
The Nutty Buddy was invented by Mark Littell, a former MLB pitcher, and is made out of polycarbonate lexan. Polycarbonate is a durable material that is lightweight yet has a high impact resistance, which is one of the reasons it is found in so many products including riot shields. One of the characteristics that makes it special is that it is able to withstand extreme plastic deformations without shattering, which is uncommon in thermoplastics.