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We at WhatProsWear.com, like many of you, are amateur baseball players.  That doesn’t mean we use amateur baseball equipment.  We are just as passionate about our game as we are about our gear.  We know that the right equipment is fundamental to our success.  When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you play good.

Our mission is to help you find the best equipment from the premier glove, bat, batting glove, cleat, and other baseball equipment manufacturers around.  The best way to find the best equipment is to consult the true professionals, the superstars of Major League Baseball.  We bring you the most accurate and up-to-date information on pro gloves, pro bats, pro cleats, and other Major League equipment, and show you where you can find them so you can add them to your game.

We will do our absolute best to keep information accurate and up-to-date, but just like you, Major League players make changes in their batting stance and sometimes in their equipment choices.  If you have any tips for us or corrections, please let us know.  We are dedicated to making this the best venue in the world for information on What Pros Wear.

Who We Are…

Mike Carozza, Founder

Pitching until my arm falls off.

My name is Mike–I’m a ballplayer.  Grew up in New York, live in San Francisco, and still play in a men’s wood bat league, the SFNABA.

I have always been a sucker for style and swagger on the ballfield, which is why some of my all-time favorite ballplayers are Griffey, Jeter, Andruw Jones, Carlos Beltran—guys that not only play the game hard, but make it look good.

Growing up, I cocked my hat to the side like Mike Cameron, slapped my glove on my leg like Rickey Henderson, flipped the ball in underhand like Andruw Jones, and wore (and still wear) my favorite player, Ken Griffey, Jr.’s Rawlings PROTB24.  We always tried to emulate our heroes as I’m sure you do too.

Just like we’d talk gloves in the dugout, I always thought an online community for this kind of thing would be a fun and informative way for ballplayers all over the world to see what the pros wear, and figure out for themselves how to add those tools to their game.

I hope you all enjoy this stuff as much as I do, and please drop me a line (or e-mail me) if you have any suggestions of any sort.

Also, I’m always looking for researchers, and welcome any info on specific players you want to see, or corrections on the players already featured (I will most definitely shout you out).  The community aspect makes this a much more dynamic source of information and will help sustain WhatProsWear.com for many seasons to come.

Jake Perkins, Social Media

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From Jake: “Much like Mike, I’m a lifetime ballplayer.  I played my college ball at a D-II school in Mass, and I currently play in a wood bat league.  My glory days may be behind me, but I’ll be damned if I’m not going to look fresh jogging to first after a bloop single.

I’ve always subscribed to the theory ‘look good, play good,’ which, like a lot of you, meant I was always harassing my parents for the newest Nike cleats, even when I didn’t need them.  It also means that I’m constantly trying to find the newest and freshest gear to wear on the diamond, and since I’m at the controls of WPW’s Instagram account, works out for you.

As far as WPW goes, I’m constantly digging for good Instagram material and would be happy to know of anything we’re missing.  If you think you have a photo or anything that belongs here, or on our Instagram, definitely shoot me an email here.”

Will Startup, Pro Ballplayer and Cleat Expert

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Will Startup is a pro pitcher in the Tigers’ organization.  Will starred at the University of Georgia and was a 5th round choice for the Atlanta Braves in 2005.  He has been as high as AAA, pitching to a sub-3 ERA paired with a sparkling 30-10 record in 8 seasons.  Where I’m from we call that Pumping the Pearl.  Will is currently working his way back up the foodchain after a 2008 elbow surgery, waiting for the call we’ve all dreamed of getting.

Will is a cleat guru. He has been a wear tester for Nike, New Balance, and Mizuno, and as an 8 year pro is as qualified as anyone to educate us on baseball footwear.  He also has a leg kick that puts the Rockettes to shame.  You can learn more about Will and his family at The Startupdate, his personal blog.

45 Responses

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  2. Grant Mona

    I was wondering if you could tell me what the brand of the arm sleeve that Evan longoria, jacoby ellsbury and Chris Getz wears. It’s like an arm warmer. Many Texas rangers wore them in the 2011 playoffs. Thanks!

    April 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

  3. Mason

    Can you do a player profile on Alexei Ramirez? I might even be able to help some.

    May 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

  4. Jay he Hitman

    Love the site. How about an Ian Kinsler profile? Dude it pretty old school.

    June 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

    • mike8

      glad you like it. and absolutely.

      June 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  5. brad

    I love this website! Can we get some catcher love?

    June 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

  6. Cody

    Awesome site. Love the Mike Trout update but can we get one on Justin Upton?

    June 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm

  7. Andrew

    Hey I send you an email a month ago asking for you to do a Rivera player profile. Im going to a signing in 2 weeks…. Just wanted to see how it was coming alone. Keep up the great work

    June 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

  8. i am trying to find the shirt underneath robinson cano jersey by nike

    June 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

  9. Brennan

    wondering if you could do a page on jason heyward, and the gear he uses. Thanks

    June 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

  10. Troy

    would love to see an adam jones article

    July 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm

  11. Carlton

    Hey Mike, Lovin the site. I have been searching for something like this for far too long. I am located on the East Coast, but I am interested in your search for researchers. I was wondering if you could shoot me an email, with the specifics of you search for researchers. Thanks, keep up the good work.

    July 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

  12. Jack

    I love your site.
    1. what about Buster Posey’s glove
    2. can you do a chipper jones one since hes retiring?
    3. teixiera adrian g. youk and konerko would be nice too. thanks!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:36 am

  13. Can you do a Rafael Furcal?

    August 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

  14. jimmy

    can you do one on josh reddick. also great website

    August 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm

  15. jmart

    http://breconknittingmill.com/demologin.cfm Evan Longoria’s sleeve

    August 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm

  16. Suicidaltoddler

    What kind of tape does Ian Desmond have on his wrists?

    September 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

  17. Shane

    i been looking all over for years for a white shin guard for when i hit. Can’ seem to find anything. You got anything for me.

    September 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

  18. T-Poc

    can you do one on brian mccan? Miguel Olivo? Aj Pierzynski? Jose Molina? Jp Arencibia

    September 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    • Mason

      You should do one on Ian Kennedy. He came in 2nd last year for the Cy Young and is a really good pitcher.

      October 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  19. T-Poc

    can you do one on brian mccan? Matt Weiters? Miguel Olivo? Kurt Suzuki? Aj Pierzynski? Jose Molina? Jp Arencibia? Mainly more catchers! Awesome site!

    October 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm

  20. MaJo

    This website is great very helpful, and can you do one on Freddy Sanchez?

    October 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  21. Caleb

    You GOTTAAAA do Cargo, smoothest outfielder in baseball and has the coolest equipment and accessories and stuff!

    November 29, 2012 at 10:18 pm

  22. Jake

    what is the wrist strap thing that Yadier Molina has connected to his glove? I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

    December 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

  23. Talan Roepcke

    where can i find the compression sleeve that kurt suzuki wears? its like a tan color.

    January 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm

  24. jon

    hey, can you do a player profile on Ryan Roberts from the Tampa Bay Rays?

    January 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

  25. Corey

    Could we get some player profiles for the WBC?

    March 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

  26. Jared

    Does anyone know the sleeve Joey votto wears and the gloves Derek Norris and Jose Molina use?

    April 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm

  27. kf panda 48

    mike go to rakutans website they have asics gloves their

    April 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

  28. Corey

    Can we get a Mariano Rivera? I don’t think there will be much on him but it’d be a cool tribute to the greatest.

    April 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm

  29. I think the arm sleeves worn on the 4th of July looks like a watermelon. Oh well it is part of America’s favorite food.

    July 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  30. Charlie

    What cleats is Many Machado wearing in this picture (if you scroll down)? Also, have you noticed players wearing an Evoshield sliding wrist brace on the base paths?

    August 7, 2013 at 6:45 pm

  31. Let’s work together. Checkout Glowpanda.com and email me. We can link the pics to buy the products in your website.

    August 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    • mike8

      Hey Andy… What’s your e-mail?

      August 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm

  32. Nate.O

    Can you verify me so I check out the forums? Ive been lurking for a few months but am interested about the forums, thanks!

    August 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm

  33. Matt

    Does anyone happen to know the exact kind of sliding wrist guard that Jason Heyward wears on his left hand on the basepath.

    August 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm

  34. Evan

    WPW, you guys should do an article on a sponsored guy like Adam Jones, and the process he goes through to create (or tell nike how to create) his sick cleats with nasty prints that you cannot get if you were to customize on Nikeid. I think this is a great idea.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    • mike8

      that’s a great idea evan. i sure hope we can do that really soon.

      September 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm

  35. BMIL THE CATCHER

    Best website ever

    September 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm

  36. BMIL THE CATCHER

    But can you do somebody on the padres please

    September 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm

  37. David Montgomery

    Awesome website for baseball equipment “junkies” like myself. Any word on the new glove Puig was using last night in Game 3 of the NLDS? It was not his old Wilson A2000 with the “Y” web. I noticed it was red, and blue mostly. Perhaps it was still the same Wilson A2000 with a different color scheme. Hopefully that is the case because how cool is it to have a nice pro quality glove, in your team colors, with a web that has your first name initial on it!

    October 7, 2013 at 7:19 am

  38. Roberto Azua

    What type of wrist tape do mlb players use? Even if it’s pre wrap & tape together or just one. But what brand is it. Thanks a million

    May 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

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