Yasiel Puig, the guy who made Spring Training look like “Little League” according to Don Mattingly, got the call today. He hit .517 in Spring and continued to rake at AA Chattanooga, so the struggling Dodgers have brought him up looking for a spark. A 2 for 4 night is a good start, but that wasn’t what his debut will be remembered for. On a hard hit ball to right field, Puig ran back to his right, pivoted back to his left, caught a ball as he reached the track, then in one motion and still moving sideways he fired off a cannon on the money to double up the tying run at first—to end the game.
See it here (MLB.com decides to allow embedding of some but not all videos now).
The one thing I love about the Cuban players is that they all bust their ass, and Puig plays like a bulldog. All I have to say is I can’t wait to watch him play again.
I found these while researching Manny Machado just now and I had to show you guys this. As much as I love Trout‘s Nike, this is just about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Also, Keith Allison‘s DC-area Flickr account is a gear-hunter’s paradise.
Conveniently enough, Nike SHA|DO Elite gloves just became available recently.
Same basic look as the BF1489 (different model # though).
“Made in Japan”
The model says “13JAN17-1.” Google returned nothing.
If you’ve been watching MLB Network lately, you’ve noticed the comparisons between Machado, Trout and Harper. When looking at those numbers (I broke it down with FantasyPros.com–is there a better comparison tool?), keep in mind that Trout is the elder statesman at 21 years old. In a season that Jeter, Hamilton and Pujols are showing their wrinkles, the post-Steroid era might have found its torchbearers. And the future is well-lit.
An interesting switch from Wilson to Rawlings by Machado this season. We’ve seen very few converters since we started doing profiles on WPW, especially between these two leather heavyweights.
Machado’s custom Wilson A2000 1786 from 2012 was pretty, but Machado made the switch to an all-black Rawlings I-Web in 2013, the longer (12″) version of Jose Reyes‘ gamer. Why change allegiances? Machado might have gotten the idea from the best all-around 3B in the game for the last three seasons, Adrian Beltre (yes he needs a profile).
I love when you can actually see the model. Source: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America
The difference between the two is that Beltre’s glove is decorated four-times Gold, and twice Platinum.
Watching some of these highlights, you get the feeling that there will be some gold in Machado’s glove before long, too.
Machado has been wearing the Kaenon with America’s colors, with a red Kaenon graphic logo on the left side and blue “Kaenon” letters on the right. He’s also worn Oakley Radarlock Straight Stems (below) this season in white and black. That’s the first we’ve seen this, and we like.
Nice shot of Joe Mauer and his catcher gear oddities. Such as his “7M” on the collar and the Wilson WTA3121 skull cap. Also the wrist guard and the gold Rawlings label on his PROSCM41B glove for getting a Rawlings Gold Glove. Mauer also wears a set of Nike Pro Gold gear, the Pro Gold Chest Protector and a set of Pro Gold shin guards.
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Dustin Pedroia has added a couple of new wrinkles in his 2013 gear that I think you will like very much (look at those cleats!). And we just so happen to have exclusive photos of his new gear that you can only find at What Pros Wear.
Pedroia has been swinging the David Ortiz model Marucci for a few years now. Just goes to show you what kind of strength Pedroia has for a guy of his stature. If you’re that size and swinging the same bat as a big bopper like Ortiz, and swinging it like Pedroia does, you’re an absolute freak of nature. The DO34 is only available in ash, not Pedroia’s maple.
Pedroia wears the CFX Pro in the exclusive colorway you see here:
The one thing Dustin Pedroia and I have in common is we both love Franklin gloves. Franklin was nice enough to send me a pair of the CFX Pros (I was already wearing a pair this season, but I couldn’t pass up a new set), and the bottom line is, Franklin knows how to make a batting glove. They’ve been doing it longer than anybody, and it shows.
The first thing you notice is that they feel fantastic. You never feel hindered because Franklin is smart about where flexible material needs to be, that way the leather doesn’t stretch and you don’t feel like you’re fighting your glove for a stronger grip. Durability is probably the most important aspect of batting gloves for amateur players, ya know, because we don’t get them for free on an unlimited basis like the pros. Franklin has that covered, too. In all honesty, I do think they sent me a slightly higher grade leather for my review, but even the ones off the shelf from last season lasted well into this season, a solid fifteen months of infield pop-ups (kidding, sort of). I spit on my gloves about 35 times a game and then leave them to dry out in my bag, but with the Franklin CFX Pros you have a leather that can handle that type of thing as well as any glove I’ve worn.
After buying the cheap 2-for-1 Eastons, my teammate invested in some CFX Pros at my recommendation this season, and he told me after swinging them what a difference he felt. No, its not as sexy a brand as some others, yes, the logo is literally just the name in black letters on a white background, but when you see the amount of pros still using them, you get the feeling that when it comes to batting gloves, sexy isn’t the priority. It’s comfort and durability. When it comes to those two components, there really is nobody better. Right, Laser Show?
You can see in the feature that Pedroia wears a guard to protect him from his own foul balls. We couldn’t find anything like it online, but as you probably know by now, Evoshield sells a leg guard that also protects the shin as well.
Here’s a nice little ESPN feature that’ll remind you just who we’re dealing with. I find it funny that they want to paint him as the underdog—“he went undrafted out of high school”—yeah, he was recruited as the starting shortstop for Arizona State. And then they go, “he didn’t score highly in any scouting category”—and then he went in the second round of the draft. Nice try, but this guy was never the underdog—he was always a filthy baseball player, at every single level.
Also found this article, explaining that Pedroia gave back his scholarship after his freshman year in college to sign a pitcher! The story goes on: “A Juco pitcher named Ben Thurmond was ready to transfer, and Dustin wanted the Sun Devils to grab him. There were no more scholarships available, so Dustin gave up his. He and Thurmond had played together on a US junior team. Dustin’s parents were making enough to afford the tuition, but Thurmond’s parents were not.”
I found an interesting Instagram account thanks to a buddy a couple of weeks ago and figured I should introduce you guys. The barber’s name is Huge “Juice” Tandron, AKA “The Playoff Barber.” He owns HEADZUP Barber Shop in Miami and his client list reads like an MLB All Star roster. Lucky for us, he snaps post-cut photos of all the big names and throws them on his Instagram account. Check it out…
Where’s Adam? I lost him!
Who wears baseball pants in the barber shop?
Bryce Harper last year, still an awkward teen.
Crawford looking like he popped one too many bottles at Mansion the night before.
Wright has gotta lose that Dennis the Menace thing. You’re 30, bro.