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Jose Altuve’s Profile Added

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After two-and-a-half seasons of WPW snubs, Houston is on the map.  Here’s your two-time All Star and proof that its not the size of the dog in the fight that matters.  Check his gear here.

What Pros Wear: Jose Altuve (Bat, Glove, Cleats, Batting Gloves, Sunglasses)

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Altuve is proof that in baseball, size really doesn’t matter.  The 5’6″ Venezuelan flash is leading the AL in AVG, SB, and hits at the time of this writing and just bagged his 2nd All Star appearance in 3 full seasons.  Baseball is the only sport where you can line up 9 Jose Altuve’s against 9 LeBron James’ and still have no clue who will win.  For that, and for Jose Altuve, us sub-6-footers are thankful.

Cleats

Nike Air Huarache Pro Low

Nike Lunar Vapor Trout Spectrum in Orange/Volt  (All Star Game)

Altuve is a player that relies on stealth, and his gear reflects that.  He keeps an understated grey/black look throughout his gear, including the Air Huarache Pro Low you see below. These are available at the link above.

In the All Star Game, however, Altuve indulged and went with the head-turners, the Nike Lunar Vapor Trout Spectrum in orange, available at the link above.

Bat

Tucci TL-238 Maple 33/31

As you can see in the feature, Altuve handles a Tucci TL-238 Maple.  This cut is not available, but you can shop Tucci’s available pro lumber here.

Batting Gloves

Nike MVP Elite Pro in Various Astros Colors

Nike Vapor Elite Pro (All Star Game)

Altuve has mixed in just about any colorway of the MVP Elite Pro that would possibly work for the Astros awesome color palette.  Unfortunately, none of them that we’ve seen are available.

In the All Star Game, Altuve went with a little more flair than we’re used to seeing from him with the Vapor Elite Pro batting gloves you see below, which are available in a few colorways.  Volt fans, eat your heart out.

Glove

Wilson A2K 1786 2015 in Black/Grey

Jose showed this beauty off on his Instagram on Opening Day, along with some Nike batting gloves and a TL-S318 Maple.  (He hasn’t been swinging this lately.)  GOOD NEWS: Altuve’s Wilson glove is the 2015 Pro Stock version, which is available on order at the link above.

Sunglasses

Various Oakley Models, including Oakley Radar Path, Oakley Fast Jacket

We’ve seen Altuve wear a few different versions, including the all-white Radar Path below, as well as the Fast Jacket further down.

The Fast Jacket:

George Springer’s Profile Added

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The future of baseball in the Lone Star State.  Check Springer’s stuff out here.

Houston: We Have a Problem–Astros Whiff on 1st Pick of MLB Draft.


Brady Aiken Easton XL1 Best Baseball Bat

BY BRIAN DURYEA

The Houston Astros have had the 1st pick in the MLB First Year Player draft for the last three years. However, they can no longer claim they’ve also signed them. Brady Aiken, the big left handed highschooler with a 96/97 mph fastball with Scherzer-like control and a curveball that Clayton Kershaw might even appreciate, was drafted 1st by the Astros in last month’s (2014) draft. However, the Astros and Aiken failed to come to terms by the signing deadline. This marks, by my count, only the 3rd time a 1st overall pick didn’t sign with the club he was drafted by since the MLB draft was instituted in 1965.

At the risk of pointing out the obvious: Houston, we have a problem.

Leave it up to the Astros to make something fairly routine more than difficult. At the same time, rumors abound that Aiken was originally offered 6.5 million yet the offer was lowered to around 3 once some testing on his elbow came back. Astros then raised the offer to 5 million in an attempt to make a deal happen only to have Aiken refuse and they both allowed the deadline to pass. ESPN reports that the commissioners office was in favor of the offers and stand by the Astros. Or so reads the comment sections of some of the ESPN buzz.

It’s hard to blame a kid like Aiken for not signing with the dumpster fire of Major League Baseball Organizations at the moment. But passing up a 5 million dollar offer out of principle seems like the beginning of a story of unfortunate events. Let’s hope he stays healthy in the next 12 months while playing semi-pro t0 enter the draft next year. Or, depending on how the NCAA sees the dealings, Aiken might go to a D-I school (like UCLA) and go into the draft when he is a Junior in college.

And since we are talking about him, why not mention that Aiken swung the BEST BAT OF 2014 in the Easton XL1 BBCOR in high school (or at least poses with them in pictures). A fantastic endloaded bomb dropping fool of a bat from Easton’s Power Brigade Series. It swings about 20% heavier than its similarly weighted cousin in the S1.

Astros fans may not be able to feel any worse for their team so I don’t suspect this is any salt in the wound. On the bright side, the Astros will get both next years 2nd pick in the 1st round as well as the pick they end up getting–which, we can guess at this point, will once again be the 1st.

Go Astros!

Brian Duryea, the author, is the owner of justbatreviews.com and is a regular contributor to whatproswear. He can be reached at admin@justbatreviews.com or

Louisville Slugger’s 80-Year Streak Splintered, Marucci King of the All Star Game

Last year WPW made some noise after posting this article, disputing the truth of Louisville Slugger’s claim that they were the #1 bat at the 2013 All Star Game.  After researching it we concluded that Louisville was not, in fact, #1, but it was Marucci, swung by 12 players to Louisville’s 11.  The upset came with a bit of controversy though, as a reader pointed out that Edwin Encarnacion swung Louisville that night.  Being that we pay attention to this type of thing, I knew that was atypical for Encarnacion, who had been swinging Marucci exclusively going back several seasons, and continues to do so to this day.  So why would a loyal Marucci guy randomly pick up a Slugger in the All Star Game?

I am speculating, but it probably won’t surprise you that companies sometimes offer bonuses (often charitable) so players will use their equipment in an exhibition like the ASG.  In this instance, Edwin took the bait.  In WPW’s eyes, even though Edwin swung Louisville that night, he’s a Marucci guy and has been for a long time, so I awarded Marucci the swing vote.  (Note: I understand Louisville might not have been the only one to give bonuses, but their bonuses were probably the biggest, being that they’re the most established company in the sport and were enough to lure Encarnacion who hadn’t swung anything but Marucci for multiple seasons before.)

After that article, I got a call from USA Today’s Ray Glier, who was intrigued by the “upset” and wanted to check my numbers.  He wanted to write a story about it.  I told him my numbers, and by the time it went to print, Ray told me that he found out Edwin went to bat with Louisville, so my numbers were inaccurate and had to be removed from the story.

We’re back, 365 days later, and we’ve got another count for you.  This time, there is no controversy.  It was a landslide, and a historic one at that.

Here’s a breakdown of every guy to the finest detail, his brand and model, along with measurements where possible (and links to buy where available).  I watched every AB, scoured Getty Images, did whatever I had to do to leave no doubt.

2014 ASG Starters Bat Choices

Andrew McCutchen

Marucci AM22 Maple

Yasiel Puig

1st and 2nd AB: Old Hickory YP66 Maple 

3rd AB: Chandler YP66 Maple

Troy Tulowitzki

Tucci TL-271 34/31.5 Maple

Paul Goldschmidt

Old Hickory TC1 34/32 Maple

Giancarlo Stanton

Marucci G27 34/32 Maple

Aramis Ramirez

Sam Bat PS2 Maple

Chase Utley

Marucci CU26 33.5/31

Jonathan Lucroy

B45 B318 Yellow Birch

Carlos Gomez

Victus CG27 Birch 33.5/30.5 (Based of C360)

Derek Jeter

Louisville Slugger P72 Ash 34/32

Mike Trout

Old Hickory J143M Maple 33.5/31.5

Robinson Cano

Marucci RC’09 Maple

Miguel Cabrera

Sam Bat MC1 Maple 34/32

Jose Bautista

Marucci JB19 Maple

Nelson Cruz

1st AB: Marucci AP5 Maple

2nd AB: Louisville Slugger I13L

Adam Jones

Louisville Slugger AJ10 Ash

Josh Donaldson

Marucci JD20 Maple

Salvador Perez

Marucci JB19 Maple

Reserves

Charlie Blackmon

Old Hickory CB19 34 inch

Hunter Pence

Max Bat HP9 Maple 34.5/32.5

Starlin Castro

Louisville Slugger S318 Maple 34 inch, varying weight

Freddie Freeman

Marucci CB15 Maple

Anthony Rizzo

Marucci Rizz44 Ash

Todd Frazier

Marucci SH7 Maple

Dee Gordon

Chandler CB15

Daniel Murphy

Louisville Slugger C243 Ash

Devin Mesoraco

Marucci DM39 Maple

Miguel Montero

Zinger X26

Josh Harrison

Marucci JH5

Alexei Ramirez

Marucci Los15

Derek Norris

Marucci CG5 Maple

Jose Altuve

Tucci TL-238 Maple

Yoenis Cespedes

Chandler DTM7C Maple 34/32-32.5

Kyle Seager

Victus KS15 Ash 34/31.5

Adrian Beltre

Marucci AB29 Maple 34/32

Michael Brantley

Marucci CS41 Maple

Brandon Moss

Louisville Slugger S329 Maple

Ian Kinsler

Louisville Slugger C243 Maple

Jose Abreu

2014 ASG Totals

(1/2 points awarded for guys who swung two brands)

Marucci – 17.5

Louisville Slugger – 6.5

Old Hickory – 3.5

Chandler – 2.5

Tucci – 2

Sam Bat – 2

Victus – 2

Zinger – 1

MaxBat - 1

B45 - 1

There you have it.  Marucci left no doubt this year, with 11 more bats than their rival, Louisville Slugger, and 45% of the entire field.  A decisive victory and one that has been years in the making.

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As you can see in the chart above, we looked back to the 2012 All Star Game to see if we could spot any trends, and now that the 2014 results are in, we’ve got a pretty telling story.  Since the first All Star Game in 1933 (and for at least a decade before that), Louisville Slugger has been the choice among baseball royalty, and until these last three seasons, it was never even close.

To put that 90+ year run in context with other top sports brands, look at Nike, who seems to have been running the basketball shoe market for an eternity, but in reality it hasn’t even been 30 years.  Or a company like Titleist, whose name seems as much a part of golf as fairways and sand traps, who became the top ball at the US Open for the first time in 1949, 65 years ago.

Mel Ott (left) and other New York Giants talk Slugger with Boston Braves, 1933. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Mel Ott (left) and other New York Giants talk Slugger with Boston Braves, 1933. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Its Louisville’s unparalleled dynastic success that makes Marucci’s rise so remarkable.

The underdog story began when Cardinals’ Eduardo Perez lined out to SS on June 25, 2003.  Just eleven years later, 45% of the game’s elite players are converted.  Whether you’re a Louisville, Marucci, Old Hick, or a Chandler guy, its obvious that this is a pivotal moment for the pro wood bat industry.

Will Marucci, now the top dog, be able to fight off Louisville with a target on their backs?

Will Louisville be able to get back up off the mat and take back what is theirs?

Is this the beginning of a tug-of-war between the two lumber kings?  Or is there another underdog coming for the top spot?

 

WPW at the All Star Game (Part III)

Gotta hope Jones gives the Volt stuff to a lucky fan.  Orange and Volt are an absolute hard no.  A hard no.  And I know you’re wondering, is the sleeve available?  Yes it is.

Sometimes its notable, what they AREN’T wearing.  Here’s Mike  Trout (profile), deferring to his everyday usuals, the Nike MVP Elite Pro batting gloves, leaving the Vapor Elite Pro, being worn by guys like Adam Jones above, in the gift box.

A weird thing happened when Charlie Blackmon’s Vapors passed between the camera and the green screen behind home plate used for advertising.  It made the gloves disappear!

They look like this:

Nike Vapor Elite Pro Batting Glove

But you can see Blackmon’s partially disappearing here:

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Shop the Vapor Elite Pro here.

Shock Doctor was kind enough to not only read our last post, but respond and let us know what Puig’s sleeve is (below):

Sounds like it might be heading for retail but not just yet.

I tried to get some better shots of these, but @evoshield posted a partial shot of the Evoshield elbow guards, which feature the 3-letter acronym for each guy’s individual team:

Doesn’t look like you can get these, but you can shop the Evoshield MLB Authentic Collection here.

Jonathan Lucroy's Franklin Pro Classic All Star 2014 Batting Gloves

Franklin’s Digi Camo debut has been incredibly successful, with Lucroy peppering a pair of doubles off the right and left field walls off Jon Lester and Chris Sale (NBD).  As we mentioned yesterday, these are available online, but LIMITED TO 3.  In fact, they might already be gone.

Sounds like Cutch wore the Nike Vapor 360 glove in warm-ups but not in the game?  If anybody knows different let me know.

Great game.  We’ll miss ya Jeets.

WPW at the All Star Game (Part II)

Dee Gordon flew around the bases with Under Armour swag, including the Deception cleats on the right and the crazy BG’s which I’m assuming are related to a super hero… Iron Man?  That’s my guess.

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Miggy stealing the show in the 4040v2 Bass Pack in Navy. Read more about those here, or shop here.

Utley still has one of the best left-handed swings I’ve ever seen. Dude’s wrists are like King Cobras.  (Also, Salvador Perez’ All Star gear is OFF THE CHARTS.  Powder blue all day.)

Cutch rocking a Volt Swingman MVP 2, which is somewhat disappointing because its no different than last year’s pretty much.

Jose Bautista’s Marucci Elite 2015 Batting Gloves which will be available in August:

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Thanks to @MarucciSports for sending those through.

Yasiel Puig seen wearing what Shock Doctor claims is their sleeve, though I couldn’t find anything on it.  Let me know if you know something I don’t.