Nobody’s got a better set-up than Salvador Perez behind the dish. Check it out here as we get ready for the Royals first playoff game since 1985!
Of the 2014 playoff teams, here are the guys we’ve profiled. There are 39 here, and Josh Harrison will be the 40th. Some may be outdated and I’d love for you guys to let me know if you see something that needs to be changed:
Kansas City Royals
Raul Ibanez (from 2012 playoffs)
St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez (hitting only)
San Francisco Giants
I had a lot more written down, but I just had to scrap it because its all meaningless. Just roll the tape:
“The one I did not want to see forever in the postseason was actually Jeter. Jeter was just uncomfortable to pitch to, especially in the postseason.” -Pedro Martinez
I don’t even know if my brain can comprehend how much I’ll miss my childhood and adulthood idol, Derek Jeter. All I know is that I feel lucky to have been around to see him. Here’s a few shots of his gear through the years so I don’t just sit here and cry all night.
A good look at Jeter’s career-long companion, the Louisville Slugger P72 Ash bat, which he used to rack up 5 runs in his first World Series victory vs Atlanta in ’96. The 22 year old Rookie of the Year hit .361 in the postseason, the Yankees first championship run since 1978.
In ’97, Fila of all companies signed Jeter and outfitted him with some of the ugliest cleats ever made. Jeter managed to steal 23 bags with ‘em, anyways. Notice the Franklin Pro Classics, too.
The 90s were the first of three decades that Jeter has crushed life in. His chances of destroying future decades are still very high.
1998, at his first ASG. MVP OF THE GREATEST TEAM EVER. 125 wins and 50 losses. Finished 3rd in the season MVP voting behind Juan Gonzalez and Nomar Garciaparra. Juan Gonzalez hit 45 bombs and drove in 157 runs. He was the size of a horse. Nomar, at 24, hit 35 bombs, and drove in 122 (in 143 games). He never hit more than 28 homers in a season again.
Some time in August of that season, Jeter steps out of Fila (and the shoes immediately shrivel up and die like in The Wizard of Oz) and into a pair of Nikes. Earth resumes spinning on its axis.
It would be cool if someone could ID those.
As Michael Jordan says goodbye to the Bulls, he handpicks Jeter to be Jumpman’s torchbearer. Jeter wears it well, including these first-ever Jordan baseball cleats not worn by Jordan himself, Jeter’s custom Jordan XIVs.
He switched out the Rawlings wristband, and you can also see him rocking a simple Benik wrist guard. Also switched out the Gargoyle F-8 flip-ups, Ken Griffey Jr.’s signature shades that came out in 1997 (thanks Brent for finding those) for Oakleys. Walt Frazier would say that Derek Jeter, by 1999, is officially stylin’ and profilin’. A third ring, for the pinky, while the Yankees finished the season on a 12 game World Series winning streak.
In the year 2000, he poured a drink on his boss.
Couldn’t help myself on this one. Jeter holding some kind of primitive telescope or something in his fourth ticker tape parade.
In 2001, Jeter earns one of his many nicknames, Mr. November, with a walk-off HR off Byung Hyun Kim to tie the World Series at 2 games a piece. He did it in these Jordans with his “Turn 2″ Foundation embroidered on the heels.
Between 2002 and 2005, Jeter won 3 consecutive Gold Gloves with a Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRODJ2. Major League coaches voted on it. They watch all the games. But he was a terrible fielder, though, because you know, WAR and stuff.
A freshhhh pair of Jordan BGs from his 2006 season, in which Jeter finished second in the MVP vote, behind a big season from Justin Morneau. Morneau’s teammate from the Twins took the batting title, beating Jeter out .347 to .343.
These are Jeter’s 2009 Jordans. He broke Lou Gehrig’s All-Time Yankee hit record with his 2,722nd hit in these, then topped off his World Series resume with a .407 batting average, and a fist-full of rings.
For his 3000th hit game he wore these special Jeter Cut DJ3K cleats. In that game he hit a game tying home run off David Price for 3000 and finished the game 5 for 5, with the game-winning RBI.
He also wore these Jordan Team BGs, some of my favorites ever.
For tonight’s walk-off in his final home game, Jeter wore these gorgeous Jordan Jeter Lux cleats. To see Jeter’s current (and final) profile, check it out here. Thank you, Derek. If there was one guy that I wish could play forever, it would be you.
New Balance released a little more on the 3000v2 and Minimus cleats that we took the wraps off on Monday.
The videos show a little bit about them paired with some skrillexy music that actually is pretty tight.
More in words below…
3000v2, from New Balance:
As the regular baseball season comes to a close, some New Balance baseball athletes will head into the postseason sporting an updated version of the popular 3000 cleat, the 3000v2, featuring the first dual density midsole in baseball. The two layers of the midsole will have athletes questioning whether they are wearing cleats at all. Revlite RC foam runs the length of the foot bed, providing excellent responsiveness against spike pressure, and traditional Revlite foam gives extra cushioning under the heel. With more mesh on the cleat’s no-sew Fantom Fit upper, the 3000v2 gives the athlete the lightweight feel of a running shoe on spikes. A highly polished outsole plate provides a more consistent traction platform, and is easier to clean after each game.
The 3000v2 will release on October 1 at $90, in a low top only. You can order them right now here.
- 12.4 oz
- 11mm drop
Minimus, from New Balance
An innovative concept, the lightweight Minimus cleat offers unrivaled flexibility, providing elite players with the freedom of natural movement and articulation underfoot. The Flex Motion Zone plate maximizes underfoot flexibility, allowing natural foot movement. With a 4MM drop , it is the same as the popular Mx20 training shoe, allowing players to play in the same style footwear they train in.
Minimus also releases on 10/1, at a $120 clip. Order them right now here.
- 9.8 oz
- 4MM drop, same as popular Mx20 training shoe, allowing players to play in the same style footwear they train in
I love days like these. New Balance sent us through some gorgeous shots of their two newest ponies in what is now undeniably a two-horse race between Nike and New Balance for baseball cleat supremacy.
The ones pictured above, the New Balance 3000v2, are the new edition of New Balance’s comfort-driven 3000, worn by guys like Miguel Cabrera and Evan Longoria. New Balance really showed off their attention to detail with the implementation of a digital camo embossed effect that appears throughout the cleat. As much digi camo as we’re seeing these days, NB’s design team did a great job getting it in there in a way that was subtle but still distinctive. I’ve never been one to get too worked up about the bottoms of a shoe since it gets dirty in the first 10 steps you take, but these are pretty sexy.
Below you can get a look at the colorways. Baseball Express is showing these “On Order” right now in 11 colorways. Shop them here.
As for the Minimus, this cleat takes the name of a line of running/training shoes that New Balance says is “a new place on the spectrum from barefoot running to the traditional maximum-cushioning running shoe.” You can tell by looking that the drop (height difference between the heel of the shoe and the toe of the shoe) is minimal (get it, Minimus?) which should make these cleats as low to the ground as any that’s ever been made.
We haven’t seen the Minimus for sale online yet, but our guess is they’ll show up very soon.
We will have more details on this one tomorrow, but I wanted to at least show you guys the photos.
Which would you rock?
Just figured I’d let you guys know about a bat I really like that is on sale at Baseball Express. The Brett Bros Composites. I have been swinging the Gobon 271 thanks to a teammate who let me borrow it and I absolutely love it. It is as balanced a bat as I’ve ever swung, and the ball seems to really jump. That plus the fact that you get a 120 day warranty for $40 is as good a deal as you’ll ever see.
Looks like the sale is on for 3 days.
Get a Brett Bat here.
There’s hardly been advancement in bat weights – until Varo Baseball came along. Varo made an appearance in the All Star Game and since then has been popping up in on-deck circles throughout the MLB.
Why are Big Leaguers picking up Varo? Our advanced weight distribution technology creates game-like swings that improves a player’s mechanics and strengthens baseball muscles. Weight placed at the end also provides barrel ‘feel’ through the zone, encouraging an inside path to the baseball. All this allows you to finish through the ball since you can feel the barrel.
Swing Varo today – Varo is so confident you’ll love the swing, they offer a Perfect Swing Guarantee. If you don’t love it, Varo will take it back, no questions asked.
And, each Varo is made right here in the USA for ultimate quality.
Grab your Varo today and get 10% off your purchase at varobaseball.com with discount code “WhatProsWear”.
Editor’s Note: I want to mention that Varo sent a weight over to WPW (Mike) earlier this year and my teammates and I have really enjoyed it. It truly does give you a balanced feel. I attribute the difference to the air-holes. They slow down your swing using air resistance and the swing was heavier, but much more balance than a traditional weight. Hard to really explain it unless you swing it. I would absolutely recommend it if you’re looking for a new weight. You won’t be disappointed.
Posey was swinging Marucci for long enough now that we needed to update it. A few other tweaks too. Check it out here.
Pedroia will get the next update, since he’s made the opposite switch from Marucci to Louisville (its a variation of the S318 that Pedroia had named for him, the DP318). Louisville tells us that Pedey gave the DP318 a slightly bigger barrel than the S318.
Check these monsters out here.
In case you forgot, Chicago already had a pretty damn good shortstop. Check him out here.
I’ve been on somewhat of a hunt to learn/see more about these new Under Armour batting gloves and thanks to Baseball Factory and the UA All-America game, we got some nice up-close shots to gawk at.
These are called the UA Yard Undeniable, and its looking like they’ll release on 10/1 at $49.99. These are the colors that we might expect, though they are subject to change:
Love ‘em, even despite the Volt. Its so obnoxious at this point that I don’t even want to address it.
UA’s got a new line of armour (I’ll spell it non-America style since that’s how UA does it) that implements a carbon fiber shell that looks tight and is perfect for this application. I think Evoshield might have some legit competition next season (these ship 10/1).
Baseball Factory also gives us our first good look at the 2015 UA Yard Mid and Low ST cleats. You can also expect to see a few different colorways on the 10/1 ship date.
Rather than give you my opinion, what do you think about these 2015s compared to the 2014 Yard style?
Here’s a look at the insoles (Baseball Factory calls them sock liners) that UA All Americans were steppin’ in. They’re a tribute to Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary, where the game took place. Imagine playing at Wrigley Field? My God that’s a guaranteed 3-5 mphs on the four seam, right?
Right. Wrigley-fueled cheddar coming out of these kids’ ears. There’s a good chance you’ll see a lot of these names lighting up the gun at Wrigley on the Big League circuit in short time.
BY MIKE CAROZZA
I went dark for about a week there because I got invited to “pitch” the concept of WPW to some investors. There were 9 other companies pitching, including a dude that built “submarine superyachts” and another that made computer-generated 3-d models of people. Then I came up like, “SUPPP! YOU GUYS LIKE DIGI CAMO ARM SLEEVES?” Its safe to say Mark Zuckerberg can rest easy, I’m not coming for his job. Funny because last weekend I was pitching a baseball, not a business plan, and that was much more fun. Either way, I’m looking for editors (with college degrees in journalism) for basketball and soccer. If you know a good candidate hit me up at email@example.com.
Moving along… let me throw some swag at you as my humble apology.
Turns out that Kole Calhoun’s got red hair and he doesn’t care. He’s got the wristband to prove it:
Unfortunately I couldn’t track that one down for sale but it looked like it was available at some point at a site called “Ginger Problems.” I guess there’s just no shame anymore.
Garrett Richards’ tragic injury robbed us from seeing these babies on the bump:
Just want to reiterate, if you hadn’t already seen it, two Bryce Harper game spec Rawlings PROHARP34 gloves are available online. Check ‘em out here. Check his profile here. (Also, a cheaper “Gamer” version is designed just like the red one, which you can get here.)
As you can see in the caption, Buster’s got a little side-piece he’s been working into the rotation lately in the Marucci BP28 34/32 seen above. It is important to mention, though, that it looks like he’s trying to patch things up with his Louisville Slugger D200, since he went yard with her earlier tonight:
With that swing though, they’re all gonna look good.
David Price is rocking his Jordan 13s with the new club.
As you might expect you won’t be able to find these. Custom Cleats is your only option.
I’d like to go on record and say that Josh Harrison is in direct competition with Chase Utley for the freshest batting gloves in baseball. The one-color look just does it for me.
Also would like to congratulate my high school and summer ball teammate Joe Panik on his first bomb and 4 hits today. Guy just hits everywhere he goes and I don’t expect that to change.
Coming back with a vengeance next week. Win some ballgames this weekend I’m sure its the stretch run for most of you.
What’s up everybody, just wanted to say sorry for the lack of pro content over the last few days. A big opportunity is knocking for WPW and it will be a win-win for EVERYBODY, that includes you, but I have been 100% focused up on it and will be until Thursday. Brian and Jake have been doing a great job keeping it fresh, but just wanted to let you guys know.
Check out the gear of MLB’s newest super-prospect here.
Red Sox just got swaggier (and now no one can use the word swag anymore because that officially killed it forever…my bad).