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
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.
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
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
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.