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Wilson Sporting Goods picks up company protecting ballplayers at the plate

Wilson Sporting Goods picks up company protecting ballplayers at the plate

When Kris Bryant or Javier Baez step to the plate for the Chicago Cubs on Friday night, few will be paying close attention to the gear protecting them from a wild pitch.

But one who just might be is Mike Dowse, president of Wilson Sporting Goods, the Chicago-based company that on Thursday bought protective gear-maker EvoShield for an undisclosed sum.

Athens, Ga.-based EvoShield produces an array of equipment, including batting gloves and chest and back guards, designed to protect athletes from sports injuries. EvoShield also makes protective products for hockey, lacrosse and football. Sales in 2015 totaled $12 million, said Wilson spokeswoman Kristina...

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