Jason Grilli with the most mouthwatering custom treatment yet for these 4040v2s. Check the 39 on the back of the spike for what I’m talking about.
Click here to see the rest of New Balance’s work so far in 2014, including Nick Swisher and CJ Wilson.
Shop the 4040v2s and the rest of New Balance baseball here.
Ever since we saw this Tweet, we’ve been working to bring you some better shots of Brandon Phillips’ new 2015 Wilson A2K DATDUDE glove. I’m thrilled to say that Wilson came through with even more than we could have asked. Below is the story of the actual process behind Phillips’ latest head-turner, and ultimately the final product—Dat Dude’s most unique and precise model to date.
If you’ve been following along the past couple of years, Phillips seems to get his new model a year ahead of time to break in before putting it into game use, so the 2014 DATDUDE, which he received last year and has been available for sale since last year, will most likely graduate to “Gamer” this year. But what about 2015? The creative process began in the winter of 2014, and here’s how it went down.
Wilson brought Phillips into their Chicago HQ, and they started by laying out some of their best custom gloves for creative inspiration. Then, Wilson Gloves Global Business Director, Michael Markovich (above left), worked with Phillips on WilsonCustomGloves.com to continue the brainstorming process behind the 2015 DATDUDE. Shigeaki Aso (middle), Wilson’s Glove Development Master Craftsman, along with Ryan Smith (right), Glove Development Specialist, were also in on the project.
As they got further along, they realized the glove builder wouldn’t accomplish what Phillips wanted, so they busted out the Cincinnati Red sharpie and got a little more creative.
Phillips drew up exactly what he had in mind. He spent hours with Wilson’s glove team, getting it exactly right.
The end result is the first of its kind: a pattern that Wilson has never produced before, with aspects in the welting and lacing that are not done on any other Wilson model.
That red/camel/black contrast on the back of the glove is my favorite part. It makes the glove look like a claw. Its very distinctive and so different than what we’re used to seeing.
Another first in baseball gloves, the sick Phillips signature branding on the fingers. We’ve seen personal branding with Jeter’s PRODJ2 and A-Rod’s PRORV23, but never on the outside of the glove for the world to see.
Brandon’s version of the Jumpman, the 2015 DATDUDE has a silhouette of one of the many acrobatic ways that Phillips gets it done at 2B. Looks a whole lot like this one from a Yankee/Reds matchup in 2011:
And here are the beauty shots:
And now, the burning question: when will it be available??
It will be available for order exclusively from BaseballExpress.com starting May 1 and other retailers in August.
A huge thanks to Jennette Rauch for working with WPW and for the great photography.
So, what do you think? I’ll use the same girlfriend system as with CarGo’s glove:
We promised you we’d get more looks at this beauty, and thanks to the Colorado Rockies team photographers, Clarkson Creative (Website/Instagram/Twitter), we finally have some better looks at Carlos Gonzalez’ new Nike “White Snow” H-Web glove. Clarkson Creative, the Rockies team photographers since the inception of the franchise in ’93, are a must-follow on Instagram. Their coverage of Denver sports is unmatched.
Did you catch that textured palm? Dimples like you’d see on an outdoor basketball seem to be covering the purple palm, and it looks like they might have a subtle white color? Might need to get a little closer for this but its definitely there.
When I initially saw this glove in the photo above, the white was all that was really shown and I was definitely lukewarm on it. Now that I’ve seen the purple palm and web, I’m 100% in love with it. The “White Snow” is a great ode to Denver, and the Rockie purple puts it all together.
Nike’s attention to detail is nothing new, but in terms of baseball gloves, we’ve never seen anything as opulent as this one. The gold accents. The one-of-a-kind stitching and welting. Fabric on the ring, middle, and index fingers (presumably to make the glove lighter). The mysterious textured palm. If Mike Trout is reading this, you better get your agent on the phone because CarGo just snatched your title belt as the Freshest Fielder in the League.
Follow @ClarksonCreative for more great Rockies content and weigh in on CarGo’s leather below.
There comes a time when you’ve looked at enough cleats, just based on sheer hours of time spent, that your opinion on the subject has to matter. These are the best baseball cleats for the 2014 season, from 6 people who spend too much damn time looking at baseball cleats.
I let each guy pick one exclusive cleat/colorway and another regular retail cleat and colorway. Then I asked them to explain why that was the choice. Here are the responses:
Mike Trout’s Nike Hybrids from 2013
This shot from Angels photographer Gary Vasquez (@garyvasquez) should probably be our new logo. Are you kidding me with that thing? Yeah that’s still an easy call for me.
About the shoe from our Top 10 Players post: “Nike and Trout blended the MVP Pro, the Diamond Elite Fly (diamond-shaped mesh), the Swingman MVP (heel), and a Huarache-style toe into one of the lightest (at less than 12 ounces) and most lethal cleats in the game today.”
Here’s a shot of the greys, and as hard as it is to believe the home whites are on another level:
Nick Swisher’s New Balance 4040v2
I cheated. I don’t care. These Swishy’s are too fire. Look at that shoe and tell me its not supposed to go fast. Otherwise I have to stick with my team’s colors, the green 4040v2s.
CC Sabathia’s Jordan 11 “Concord”
“I like the Concords best because they are the best expression of individual taste and fashion in baseball. Integrating the Jordan retro brand is the next big thing in the MLB.”
New Balance 4040v2 White/Digi-Camo
“They are the best combination of comfort and swagger in the market today. If it was up to me New Balance would be the most worn shoe in baseball.”
Get the 4040v2 White/Digi-Camo here.
Jordan 11 “Space Jam”
“Isn’t it obvious? These cleats were worn by Derek Jeter, ’nuff said. The Space Jam Jordan 11′s were the most talked about basketball shoes of my youth, and seeing them in cleat form is mesmerizing. This is the only pair of cleats I could envision myself wearing for the rest of my playing career. YEAH JEETS.”
Nike Zoom Vapor Elite in White/Black
“Plain and simple, these cleats just look like they could make me faster. I envision myself upping my stolen base total to 4 this season wearing these. Perfect mix of flash and function, which is why I think Nike rules the baseball world when it comes to the cleat game.”
A 4040v2 version of R.A. Dickey’s New Balance Customs
There aren’t any similar colorways made of the 4040v2 that WPW has seen yet, but it looks like Jose Bautista’s new cleat is a better match. We’ll work on getting better shots of those and getting his profile updated.
New Balance 4040v2 Mid in Black/White
“They are the most comfortable cleat I’ve ever owned. Feel like mid-top running shoes with cleats!”
David Price’s Jordan 13s
“It’s a great shoe, and as a pair of spikes they would turn heads.”
Nike Air Huarache Pro Low in Navy/White
“They are comfortable, supportive and low enough to wear with your pants up or down.”
Get them here.
CC Sabathia’s Jordan 11 “Concord”
“Not only are they the shoe that revolutionized the footwear industry but they are extremely rare and a classic silhouette.”
Jordan 12 in Black/White
“I wear the 12s because Jordan brand has finally given the general public a signature cleat for the first time since the early 2000s… This cleat looks smooth with any uniform combo.”
Get the Jordan 12 cleats here.
WPW Social Media Recap: @LeatherHdGloves, @Beavers_EQ, @RawlingsSports, @MizunoBaseball, @EricSogard
Yeah, its February. Sure, you’re probably due for some shoveling this weekend. Who cares? Its baseball season, baby! Two dry patches of concrete is a perfect place for a long toss. I remember doing “Situations” in my high school parking lot with snow mounds 10 foot high and my coach purposely hitting balls up into the slush and ice, then giving me shit when I missed my cut-off. ”ITS ALL IN YOUR HEAD, BOYS,” we were told. He was right (except for the ice caked on the ball, that was real). I loved that stuff. Makes a group of guys into a team. For all of you in the South, cherish every blade of grass. Get down and kiss it. For the cold weather kids, don’t take it for granted—its a blessing.
Another sign of the season is all the awesome gear coming out of Florida and Arizona. So much stuff to cover, luckily we’re putting it all together for you right here.
Another beautiful glove from Leather Head Sports, the T-DHC 1175 PRO Wing-Tip style. This glove isn’t available on their site just yet, but it IS in stock in black and tan at 201-857-4647.
Oregon State catchers? helmets with the matte finish is just dirty.
Fresh Marucci piece. So purdy.
Bryce Harper’s digicamo Evoshield.
Engraved Chandler lumber for Felician College from Chandler’s Marketing Director, Hannah Mein.
Rawlings has been hitting us with a barrage of pro gloves, these the first “neon” gloves I’ve ever seen. Lets hope they’re the last.
Much more palatable, Will Middlebrooks got a Pro Preferred PRO1000-6JB. Last season, Middlebrooks wore a Wilson A2000 G5, as seen in our profile. NOTE: Its important to mention that it is extremely common for MLB guys to get gloves from multiple manufacturers since every manufacturer wants to convince as many guys as they can to use their glove. THIS DOESN’T MEAN THEY’RE GOING TO USE THEM IN GAMES. We have to wait and see on Opening Day what the guys actually go to battle with.
Justin Upton’s new PROS303. Here’s our profile on him from last year. His 2014 version looks a whole lot like Jayson Heyward’s and is available at this link. BJ’s looks like a Torii Hunter model PROTB24B.
Edwin Encarnacion’s Toronto/Dominican-style Rawlings 1B mitt, most likely a colorful version of the PROFM20KB, Adrian Gonzalez’ Modified Pro H game model.
Cliff Lee looking like somebody stole his birthday cake with a new Rawlings Pro Preferred with a finger hood.
Byron Buxton, MLB’s #1 prospect, with a crisp black Rawlings Pro Preferred glove.
A beautiful chocolate-colored H-Web for Anthony Gose.
This is definitely the most interesting post of the last few days. Phillips indirectly told WPW a couple of weeks ago that he was going to be picking up his new glove this week and here it is. I can tell you honestly, I don’t like LOUD for the sake of loud. But this thing made me weak in the knees. We are working on getting you guys an in-depth look at this beast. Stay tuned.
Wil Myers with some fully custom UA Spines with an inexplicable taxi-colored sole. I know the Rays have that subtle gold in their unis, and that looks great, but this is not the way to compliment that. In fact, there is no reason at all for yellow/gold to be involved in any way. This is the first we’ve seen him in something other than the Yard 5/8 ST. Check his profile here.
Sogard fell JUST short of becoming the Face of the MLB, and what a face it would have been. A first for WPW, we asked fellow Athletic, Jeremy Barfield, what model “nerd glasses” Sogard wears. Kaenon 401s in Tortoise Clear, available here.
Hank Conger’s new Mizuno leather.
Jose Iglesias looks like he’s got some new Mizuno leather too—check the 2014 highlight reels for more looks.
Ditto for Ian Desmond, who has the triple cross-stitched lace on the strap. Mizuno—if you’re reading this, we’d love to see more of this glove. E-mail me!
Franklin looks to be flirting with the idea of bringing the Player Classics back, a glove available to the pros, but not us. I have a hunch they might be coming back soon.
Up next in our “Show It Off” college features is University of Texas, another storied program who’s collective swagger knows no bounds. Everybody knows, if you play for the Longhorns you’re one of the elite athletes in the country, no matter the sport or the season.
This is the second time we’ve featured Texas, and if it weren’t for the guy in charge, Vince Alcazar (along with Casey Harms at UCSB and my boy Cam), we wouldn’t have any of these features at all. A huge thank you to Vince for tolerating my badgering. Another thank you goes to senior Nathan Thornhill (twitter), a guy with a 2.68 career ERA and a bright future in baseball, who was gracious enough to get me some great shots as well. Below are the contents of one of the finest clubhouses in college baseball, period. Follow @UTBaseballEQ for more looks.
The embarrassment of riches in the leather department is just absurd. These guys get to choose whatever they want to wear, whatever they feel makes them play best. That’s gotta be an amazing feeling, and a nice payoff for playing under 5-time CWS champion coach Augie Garrido, who is known to demand the most from his players.
Here are the links:
Pro Helmet Decals for all occasions
Our guy at New Balance told me to be excited for the 4040v2 player exclusive cleats being unveiled this year, and today we all know he wasn’t lying.
Love the icons on the fabric inside of the heel. The Cleveland skyline is a nice touch for the fan-favorite and hometown guy Swish, and, the shoe in general is just so clean.
Swisher’s 4040v2s are NB Baseball‘s best work yet, and there’s more to come. We should have plenty more exclusive looks at these as the season approaches.
Shop 4040v2s here.
When we were moving servers, some of our posts were deleted, one of them being the last NB exclusive post. So I am reposting the cleats here (that won’t happen again):
Who’s got the freshest pair?
We try to follow as many sports photographers, brands and athletes as we can to stay on top of the daily happenings in the world of What Pros Wear, but I’m realizing there’s so much great stuff flying around the internet with Spring Training in full swing that we need to begin summarizing the findings. We’re going to make this a regular thing, and show off the best of what we’re seeing around the baseball web. Another good piece of this is that you guys can find some new accounts to follow like @MichaelGBaron for example, or @Feinsand, guys that are right there on the field with the players, sharing the great stuff they capture with the world. Enjoy.
Shane Victorino showed off some pretty wild looking snow camo Nike Air MVP Pro molded cleats.
David Wright cuddling up next to Nike leather?
Upon further review:
In his first days with the Yanks, Brian McCann is wearing an Under Armour chest protector available at the link below.
Masahiro Tanaka, another new addition for the Yanks following in his Asian predecessors footsteps, wearing Asics cleats.
Prince Fielder wearing the Nike Mercurial 8.0 sunglasses in an exclusive color (others available at the link below).
Looks like Bryce has his hands full this year with his glove choice.
Which do you prefer?
Marucci showing off some sexy colored leather lately, this one for Astros farmhand and former LSU Tiger Chris Cotton.
Marucci gloves available here.
EvoShield paid SF Giants camp a visit today with these digi camo elbow guards, available at the link below.
Nicky Swish looking goofy as ever with an equally goofy colorway of the CFX Pros. Not sure about these.
Check out the CFX Pro options available here.
We’ve been flirting with a few colleges this year and finally I’ve got a few in the pipeline for you guys. First up is the #8 ranked team in the country, the LSU Tigers. Not a bad place to start, with one of the most successful teams in College World Series history. When you’ve won six National Championships (like the one in the video above), tied for second most in CWS history, you get taken care of in the gear department. Below is an in-depth look at the spoils.
A huge thanks to LSU Baseball Equipment’s Spencer Farley and junior outfielder Chris Sciambra (on Twitter) for the photography. Another thanks to Greg Stringfellow and Jack Marucci for connecting the dots for me.
Check out the links below to shop and don’t forget to follow @LSUBaseballEQ on Twitter for more of the same dirty:
Nike Pro Combat
DeMarini Batting Gloves
Nike Air Huarache Pro (these things are dying for the custom treatment)
Next up to “Show It Off” is the other 6-time National Champ, University at Texas.
It was around this time last year we were introducing the baseball world to Marucci fielding gloves when we spotted Chase Utley wearing one in Spring Training. As many of you know, Marucci went to market last year with their new glove line all while they picked up a few pros, including Bryce Harper, Adam Dunn, Brett Anderson, and a few others along the way.
This Spring it looks like Marucci is still out for blood as evidenced by Ryan Vogelsong’s T-Web in “Smoke,” a sharp-looking light grey color that is sold out on MarucciSports.com. Keep an eye out for more of the Smoke color popping back up after an obviously successful first run, and check out their new “Gumbo” color right now.
Anyone who has considered a Rawlings glove has been faced with the question, Heart of the Hide or Pro Preferred? Lets see if we can clear things up.
From Rawlings, about Heart of the Hide:
“Handcrafted from the top 5-percent of steer hides, Heart of the Hide leather tends to be the prime cut or center portion of the smaller hide and is usually thicker and more durable than other leathers, resulting in a firm glove that is easier to shape. The top-grade leather will allow the glove to mold to the player’s hand for a proper feel while maintaining the durability needed to play at the highest level.”
About Pro Preferred leather:
“Supple kip leather provides a tight grain structure for a smooth look and feel… Pro Preferred gloves feature an impeccable kipskin leather that breaks in to specific playing preferences, forming the perfect pocket. The high-performance sheepskin lining wicks moisture away, keeping the hand dry for better control when players need it most.”
These descriptions aren’t bad and decently informative (for a sales pitch), but I’m always skeptical of marketing speak. If you’re reading this, you’re probably like me and need a little more than that to commit to a glove, the Most Sacred Piece of Equipment in All of Sports. So, you go ask someone you trust, a coach, or a teammate, or your dad, and you unfailingly will get an extreme opinion on one or the other. If they like their HOH, then the Pro Preferreds are “garbage” and “overpriced” or if they’re a Pro Preferred guy then they will tell you why HOH sucks. I have seen anonymous message board ogres argue the same exact points for both gloves—on one forum, HOH takes longer to break in but lasts longer, on another forum, its Pro Preferred that is the longer-lasting glove.
Instead of consulting anonymous people who most likely have no idea what they’re talking about, I figured I’d seek professional opinions.
Note: You’re probably not going to get a black-and-white answer from reading this post, but what I tried to do was get a few guys who had experiences with each (playing a pro-level schedule) to get a body of knowledge on the subject.
Daniel Klein, Catcher, Blue Jays Org.:
“I’d go with Heart of the Hide, but I’d prefer most brands instead of Rawlings. In my experience, Rawlings leather tends to vary based on the color of the leather. I found that the Pro Preferred all black took a very long time to break in and it seemed to keep form much longer than other Rawlings. I used a Pro Preferred Mocha for a very short period of time in 2013 and It broke in easily and turned into a P.O.S. way too quickly. It got soft and had lost all previous form after a few game uses. Not a big Rawlings fan.”
Taylor Motter, UTIL, Rays Org.:
“To start, as a utility guy I don’t have time to break in all the gloves I’m going to need for the year so I need a glove that is game ready in a week or two. In the outfield I can have a glove that is a little stiffer and be fine with it, that’s why I like the Rawlings’ Heart of the Hide in the outfield. The Pro Preferred is to hard to break in and have game ready in less then a week. Heart of the Hide is easy to break in, but that doesn’t mean its bad leather. It is great leather—most big leaguers use HOH. Heart of the Hide is a little heavier but in the outfield that doesn’t bother me. It’s more about feel and comfort. The HOH doesn’t crack and dry up as much as the Pro Preferred does, it stays moist and doesn’t dry out. HOH holds form well and can be formed by just playing catch.
Pro Preferreds are still great gloves. They’re very light and the leather on the glove makes for a little longer break in, but they hold form very well. The binding of the Pro Preferreds are very stiff, which makes it harder to break in. One negative in my opinion is that the Pro Preferred leather can dry out pretty quick, causing cracks. However, I found a trick that has prevented cracking—it is a spray you can find at any auto store, it’s called Lexol in a brown spray bottle. After using the glove for 2-3 months it will dry out, so 2-3 times a week (if you use the glove everyday) spray that stuff on the entire glove, rub it in with a towel, let it sit for the night and the leather should suck that stuff up and stay moist.”
Giuseppe Papaccio, SS, Cubs Org.:
“The differences between Rawlings HOH and the Pro preferred are mostly in the durability of the glove. The Pro Preferred definitely takes longer to break in but from my experience, it is certainly worth it because the glove lasts a long time.
Heart of the Hide seems to be a tiny bit thinner leather, so it breaks in a little bit easier and gets worn out a little faster. I used an 11.5 all black I-web Pro Preferred last year and it held the shape for over 100 games that I played in along with practices so I loved that one.
I used a HOH Pro Mesh and either I broke it in bad or it just isn’t what I thought t would be. I used it for a month and sold it because it wasn’t stiff enough for me.”
David Lyon, Catcher, Rangers Org.:
“I used Rawlings my entire collegiate career. I found that the Heart of the Hide glove took a fair amount of time to break in. I used it for roughly 2 weeks of games before the leather ripped and I had a 3 inch hole in the pocket. The mesh-backed catchers glove (also Heart of the Hide) I owned was very easy to break in. It became floppy very quickly and almost felt as if the glove was bending every time I caught the ball. Just awful.
I only use Pro Preferred now after trying the different kinds in college. The Pro Preferred takes a long time to break in, but I believe that is why it lasts so long. This is the only Rawlings glove that holds up to the every day beating. It holds form great and the leather stays soft but durable with little treatment. (I like to use saddle soap to condition my gloves probably once or twice a month.) Ultimately, I prefer the Rawlings Pro Preferred catchers mitt over any other make and model.”
Joshua Bell, OF, Pirates Org.:
“I’m definitely all about the Pro Preferred models but this year Rawlings is releasing the Gold Glove Collection which I’m gonna check out for sure. That is supposed to be Rawlings ‘best’ leather. As for Heart of the Hide, it is a softer fit. I like hard leather but that means more effort in the break in process.”
What These Opinions Tell Us
I think there’s a few interesting points in here, one especially from Motter, the Rays Utility guy. He relies on HOH to be game-ready quick whereas he sees Pro Preferred as a longer-term option that “holds up to the every day beating.”
Bell made mention that the harder Pro Preferred leather “means more effort in the break in process,” which is also something to consider.
As for the catchers (Lyon and Klein), they clearly have a strong opinion on the HOH’s not being catcher-capable, which I can completely understand when you’re talking about a “softer” leather getting pounded with 90+ mph ched on a daily basis. To me (a guy who’s caught a total of 1 very confused and disoriented inning in his baseball career) I feel like the stiffer the leather, the better off you are. You don’t want something that’s going to flop around when you’re trying to quietly frame a pitch, right? Just seems counter-intuitive. So, to me it makes sense that these guys would opt for Pro Preferred leather.
So how about the MLB stars we’ve profiled?
Of the 33 WPW-profiled MLB players wearing Rawlings, 21 wear Heart of the Hide and 12 wear Pro Preferred.
This is an interesting split, 64% opting for the Heart of the Hide. As for my call on catchers wanting stiffness, I was completely wrong, or so it seems. Every catcher (Yadi, Buster, Mauer, Wieters) we polled uses Heart of the Hide. Why? I have a theory, and you might agree or disagree: guys like the ones we profile get their gloves by the plenty, whenever they need one. They don’t need them to last 3 seasons like a lot of us out there, even minor leaguers. It is not an “investment” like it is for the average player, so its less risky to go with a glove that will break in easier, even if it might not last as long. In that way, I think it might be more of a luxury to go with the softer HOH leather, knowing that you can just re-order when it loses its shape. Also, there is the possibility that these catchers, all Rawlings contract guys, get the finest .000001% of leather and that the label means absolutely nothing.
What do you think?
Feel free to chime in in the comments below, but keep in mind we just heard from some of the most qualified people in the baseball community, so you should be ready to back up your opinions. And let us know, if you’re a Rawlings guy, which is the leather for you?
Brandon Phillips was on set this afternoon shooting for Playstation’s MLB The Show. I so happen to have a good buddy (and WPW fan) who works with Playstation—he mentioned WPW to Phillips and, as you would expect from a swagger-hound and all-around good dude like Phillips is, he was happy to snap a few close-up shots of his A2K DatDude for the site. Check ‘em out and grab yours at this link. And follow @MLBtheShow because they’re winners.
As you can see, Phillips does not take his social media game for granted.
Oh and CC was there, too…
I’m a little late to the party here, but I just read this and couldn’t believe it. The guy behind BaseballHeatmaps.com, Jeff Zimmerman, wrote an article before last season predicting that 44.8 starting pitchers would hit the Disable List in 2013, based on a model he created. The final number of pitchers to hit the DL in 2013? 44.
Pretty amazing stuff, and perhaps I’m more astounded than most because this morning I used a calculator to solve 28 + 15…
(Its 43 if you’re still finger-counting). Nonetheless, even though its not gear-related, I think Zimmerman’s prediction for 2014 is worth a look. What’s even better is he predicts EVERY STARTER IN THE BIGS. This is Fantasy gold.
- There are only 4 pitchers with less than a 30% chance of hitting the DL.
- MLB average is 39%, so for every 5 man rotation, 2 will hit the DL.
- Bartolo Colon weighing in at 64%, the greatest percentage chance by a significant margin.
- Andy Pettitte has retired but clearly Zimmerman isn’t falling for his tricks this time, because he’s included in this list.
Some of you may have seen this on Rawlings’ Twitter account, but here’s some better looks at what might be Bryce Harper’s gamer this season.
The 13″ H-Web Heart of the Hide pattern has a special model number for the young killer, the PROHARP34. From what I hear, this is one of a few options Rawlings will be supplying Bryce with in Spring Training. We know from the past the Bryce has been fickle about his glove choices, so Rawlings will need to bring the heat to win his favor.
We hope to bring you some good shots at all of Bryce’s options as they become available.
Carlos Gonzalez just threw this out to his Instagram followers, a new custom Nike glove that is unlike anything we’ve seen from them before. A couple of things that stand out:
Is that mesh? Looks like some kind of fabric and it is placed in the area between the ring and pointer finger (possibly even the thumb) where you’d normally see mesh.
The gold Swoosh: Nike’s way of celebrating CarGo’s 2013 Gold Glove, they were careful not to tread on Rawlings’ Gold Glove trademark which got Wilson in some hot water a couple of years ago.
We’re hoping to get more for you on this very soon. You guys love it, hate it? Will he wear it this year? Let us know on Twitter and vote below.
It wasn’t the first maple bat used in major league baseball, but it is the most important. Barry Bonds’ 2K1 from Sam Bat, for better or worse, ushered in the most radical change to the game of baseball since the introduction of the aluminum bat.
In hitting, business and life, timing is everything, and in 2001, Barry Bonds decision to use the 2K1 (originally called the B1), eschewing the ash bats that dominated the game at the time in favor of sugar maple bats, produced by Sam Holman in his small workshop, opened the door to new wood species and a large number of new manufacturers producing approved bats for MLB (28 in 2013, and the number is increasing in 2014)
Bonds’ bat, at 34 inches, and weighing around 32 ounces was based loosely on the C331 Louisville Slugger model that was originally turned for Carl Crawford. While Bonds was willing to pay up to $500 each to make sure he could continue to use his Rideau Crusher in 2007, similar models are now offered by dozens of companies around the world.
Aside from its obvious impact(s), the 2K1, because of what is now known as the 73 knob, caused an entire generation of hitters to learn about, and discuss the hamate bone, a tiny bone in the wrist that has caused more pound-for-pound DL trips than any other bone. The innovation of the 73 knob is leading other bat makers in new directions as they attempt to reach new customers and prevent costly injuries, although it is still to be seen if these will ever catch on with major league players.
Here’s a quick look at the newest custom college armor outfitted by Evoshield. They’ve been touring the top schools lately and thankfully got a few shots.
Below are the links to the products (no custom logos unfortunately), and a question I’m really interested to hear from you guys on…
For all those aspiring D-1 recruits out there, how much does a school’s gear play into your decision-making? Is gear the deal-breaker, or is it just an accessory? Is it more important than anything? Lets get right down to it—is it more important than school itself? Be honest!