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What Pros Wear Update: Robinson Cano (Bat, Batting Gloves, Cleats, Guards)

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Is 2013 the year Cano wins the MVP?  He’s got no shortage of talent (see below), motivation (contract year), or opportunity (see Yankees disabled list).  He is the best player on the Yankees even when the All-Star disabled list is all healed, and in his age 30 season, Cano needs to put the Bronx on his back.

Cleats

Nike Air Max MVP Elite 3/4 Metal in Black/White/Navy (Home) and Black/Grey/White (Away)

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Aways. Source: J. Meric/Getty Images North America

The aways are sharp-looking with the white outline around the grey swoosh and grey midsole.  You can see on the right foot that Robby customized the tongue, making it grey.

Homes. Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America

Homes. Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America

Cano’s home cleats are predominantly white and black, with another exclusive color on the tongue (navy) which is tough to see because its so similar to black.  These are available, just not in Cano’s colors.

Bat

SSK Maple RC24

Robby has been exclusively swinging his signature bat from SSK, even though we saw him with Marucci last year.  He cakes so much pine tar on the bat its barely recognizable, but you can barely see the SSK logo on his bat in the feature.

Batting Gloves

Nike Diamond Elite Pro II w/ Padding (available in Cano’s exclusive away colorway)

Home BG's. Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America

Home BG’s. Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America

The only other guy we’ve seen so far with the padding installed underneath his batting gloves is Jeter.

Aways. Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America

Aways. Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America

Cano’s aways are available at the link above, complete with the number 24 on the inside of the wrist.

Guards

Spalding Elbow Guard

You can see the elbow guard two photos up with Cano’s logo on it.  You can also see it here.  Unfortunately, this one is exclusive to Robby so far as we know.

Cosby Shin Guard

Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America

The perfect swing. Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America

Cosby, also seen on A-Rod, wins the award for most archaic website, but they also must make a pretty good shin guard if Robby and Alex are wearing them.  This is available by phone through the website.

ProHitter in Blue

Cano also wears a ProHitter hitting aid on his thumb to keep the bat in his fingertips and maximize whip.  These are very available.

Show It Off: No.8 Louisville Cardinals’ Team Gear via @ShaneCrain41, @UofLBaseball

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Eighth-Ranked Louisville Catcher and WPW-reader Shane Crain (@ShaneCrain41) coming up large with a nice mix of gear/footwear for us to swoon over.  Its no surprise that the Cardinals’ clubhouse is canvassed with Kentucky-based Louisville Slugger/TPX, but it was nice to see some adidas baseball footwear for a change.

Our favorites are the Excelsior batting gloves from adidas, which we hadn’t seen before on WPW, and the custom Louisville Slugger IC1125 infielder’s glove with the Cardinal logo on the thumb.  The turfs look sharp, too.

Much of this is available—links below the slideshow.

Leather

TPX Pro Flare Gloves

Louisville Slugger Icon IC1125

TPX Pro Flare CMCC Catcher’s Mitt

Louisville Slugger H2LCM Catcher’s Mitt

Sleeves

Evoshield A180A Arm Sleeve (as worn by Ty Young)

Catcher’s Gear

TPX Pulse (Set)

Bats (some differentiation in colors)

Louisville Slugger Z1000

Louisville Slugger ExoGrid 3

Louisville Slugger Attack

Louisville Slugger Omaha

Batting Gloves

adidas Excelsior Pro

adidas Diamond King

TPX Bionic 2

TPX Freestyle

TPX Pro Design

TPX CB1

Shoes

adidas Adizero 5-Tool 2.0 Cleats

adidas Excelsior Pro Cleats

adidas AZ Pro Trainers (Louisville’s Turfs)

adidas Response Cushion 20 Running Shoes

adidas Marathon 10 USA Running Shoes

Decals

ProHelmetDecals.com

What Pros Wear: Mariano Rivera (Glove, Cleats)

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“I think he has the single best pitch ever in the game.” –Jim Thome, 600 HR Club

Can you argue?  With a cut fastball as his primary, secondary, and tertiary pitch (he’s thrown a 2-seam about 15% of the time for his career, and even less lately), Rivera has saved 600+ regular season games, 42 playoff games, won 5 rings, earned 12 All-Star appearances, and finished in the top three in the Cy Young voting four times.

How could Mo’s cutter not be the best pitch in the history of the game?  Yes, the historians might throw out names like Koufax and his curveball, Bob Feller’s (alleged) 104 mph fastball, Nolan Ryan’s no-hit heater, and those are reasonable suggestions.  Those pitches made each of those guys dominant starters, logging far more innings than Mo, and there’s definitely a valid argument there.  (Note: For reference, Sandy Koufax threw 323 innings at age 30, his last season, and pitched to a 27-9 record and 1.73 ERA.  Oh, and his arm was falling off.)  However, all of those guys had complimentary pitches, whereas Mo has had one.  Everybody in the ballpark knows what’s coming, and nobody has ever been able to hit it… OK, there was that one time.  But who else has accomplished so much with one pitch?  To look at it another way, lets look at all of the pitchers since 2007 (when Pitch F/X started tracking this) to throw a single pitch more than 80% of the time, just to see the caliber of pitcher that might surface:

  • Bartolo Colon (Fastball, 84.7%)
  • Matt Thornton (FB, 84.2%)
  • Octavio Dotel (FB, 82.3%)
  • Aaron Cook (FB, 80.3%)
  • Tim Wakefield (Knuckleball, 84%)

Not to say they all haven’t had decent careers, but do we have any first balloters on that list?  Aside from Colon, any real All-Star caliber guys?  If those pitches are the competition, Mo’s cutter is the undisputed winner.

Glove

Nike PPro Gold Mo 42

Mariano’s consistency has carried over to his equipment as well.  He’s worn the same Nike PPro Gold “Mo 42″ as far back as 2005, with only minor aesthetic modifications.  One element we’ve seen is his number (the last number 42 the MLB will ever see) on the wrist strap:

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Pro Gold’s are very rare online, and your best bet is scouring eBay to score one.  Back in the late 90s, Rivera showed us all the first glove he had ever used—gives you some perspective:

Rivera also wore a custom Rawlings “R42″ early on in his career (not a lot of good shots of that one), as well as the Zett you see below, from 1998:

Source: SI

Source: SI

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Cleats

Nike Cooperstown

Mariano has also worn the same cleats since the beginning of his career, the Nike Cooperstown.  In the feature you can see Mariano’s special edition Cooperstowns, commemorating his record-breaking 602nd save (courtesy of SoleCollector.com).  Both his glove and cleats have always referenced the bible verse “Phil: 4:13″ from the book of the Philippians, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”  Here’s Mo in ’98, showing off his World Championship hops:

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And a close-up of his 2008 version:

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Though there is nothing like it available to us, the overall simplicity of the shoe makes it an icon in my eyes, and a perfect representation of Rivera’s legacy.  Simplicity, humility, excellence.

What Pros Wear Update: Matt Kemp (Bat, Batting Gloves, Cleats)

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Bat

Rawlings Big Stick M456B

Kemp swings a maple just like in the feature.

Though his exact model isn’t available, there are a lot of Rawlings Big Sticks online at really attractive prices.

Batting Gloves

Nike Diamond Elite Pro II in Blue/Red

Though Kemp’s exclusives are not available, there are many different colorways for the Diamond Elite Pro II‘s.

Source: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America

Source: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America

We also saw him swinging with a grey/blue/red pair in the cages, but we haven’t seen these in the game:

Source: Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America

Source: Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America

Cleats

Nike Air Huarache 2K4 Low

Kemp has had a few different versions of the 2K4 cleats.  The shoe has many different color options, just not in Kemp’s exclusive colors.

Source: Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America

Source: Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America

Nike Air Huarache 2KFresh Exclusive Low in Blue/White

We’ve never seen a low 2KFresh without the ankle strap, so Matt Kemp could be the first to wear them.  Seen in the feature, Kemp wore an even more exclusive version of these for Jackie Robinson Day.

Source: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America

Source: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America

At first, I thought they were Gamers, but seeing the below photo of the Huarache logo on the backs made me sure they were Huaraches.  Though not the low version, there are plenty of Nike Air Huarache 2KFresh cleats available.

Source: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America

Source: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America

Show It Off: University of Texas’ Team-Issue Gear via @UTBaseballEQ

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I’m very excited to bring you all an inside look at the University of Texas Longhorns’ team-issue gear, complete with bats, gloves, footwear, even a custom pine tar case.  I’ve always been in awe of the mystique surrounding Texas athletics, so this is one I hope you all enjoy.  Many thanks to Vince Alcazar, UT’s Assistant Equipment Manager, for the generous helping of photos and info.  Follow UT’s equipment crew at @UTBaseballEQ, they post a ton of great WPW-esque stuff.

Here’s a basic breakdown of UT’s gear selections, starting with bats…

On any given day, the Longhorns have the following BBCOR bats in the lineup:

Louisville Slugger

Easton Power Brigade

Rawlings

Marucci

Nike

Gloves

According to our source, UT outfielders and pitchers use mostly Nike Diamond Elite Pro leather with a few N1 gloves “sprinkled in.”  As for the infielders and catchers, they can choose whatever glove they want, most going for custom Rawlings gloves.  The catchers are wearing the All-Star CM3000XSBT.

Cleats

Custom Nike Air MVP Pro in UT colors

Nike Air Huarache 2K4 Low in black

Batting Gloves

Custom Nike Diamond Elite Pro II

What Pros Wear Update: Mike Trout (Glove, Sunglasses)

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Mike Trout’s astounding rookie campaign earned him a full-ride on none other than the almighty Swoosh.  Not only is he wearing the shoes and batting gloves, but Trout has also converted in the field.  Let’s take a look.

Glove

Nike Diamond Elite Pro BF1433 Custom (sold out last we checked)

Mike Trout’s Rawlings got subbed out for a custom Nike with the same stylized Trap web as Matt Kemp‘s, but with his own modifications. (Thanks to Gonzalo for coming up big again on this one.)

Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

You can see in the feature photo that Trout’s glove has his own signature embroidered on the thumb next to the Nike Baseball logo.  A little less noticeable but no less cool is the wrist strap with “30/30,” referencing Trout’s explosive rookie season.  Trout’s BF1433 also has the closed back, with only the Fastback opening for the index finger.  What’s funny to me is that he doesn’t even use that slot.  Maybe guys think a glove would look funny without at least some opening back there?  It also does provide some ventilation so I guess it serves some purpose.

Sunglasses

Nike Show-x1 Pro (General search)

Nike Show-x1 Pro Hyper Red/White/Max Speed Tint

Nike Show-x1 Pro Black/Volt/Grey Silver Flash

Nike Show-x1 Pro Black

Most recently we saw Trouty wearing the Show-x1 Pro in black on black, but as you can see in the photos above and below, he switches it up.  Excitingly enough, each version we’ve seen him in is available via the links above.

Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

Here’s a couple videos for your enjoyment.  The first is a highlight reel of Trout’s 2012 season.  I hope you don’t mind there’s a few bombs mixed in there along with some spectacular plays.  His speed is just absurd.

“The Greatest Moment in American History”

No lie.

via UPROXX and @Section925