What Pros Wear: Dustin Pedroia (Glove, Bat, Cleats, Batting Gloves, Guards, Sunglasses)
Wilson A2K DP15 (Link is to 2015 model, Pedroia uses a model that is no longer available)
Pedroia’s glove has been dirtied beyond recognition, but he’s still wearing his A2K DP15 from at least 3 seasons ago. Below is a shot from 2012 when you could still tell what it was:
He tried a red version (below) in 2013, but it just didn’t have the same feel and Pedroia had to go back to Old Faithful. Pedroia is known for riding his gloves into the ground. The 3-time Gold Glover reportedly had a glove that he wore from the time he was ten years old until it broke in his first professional game, at 21 years old.
Because he’s used it for so long, he’s most likely had it restored (lacing, even leather where necessary), but because its been so long, Pedroia’s Wilson is more like an extension of his hand than a baseball glove.
Oakley has picked off Bolle’s only baseball guy, as Pedroia has converted to the mighty “O” in several colorways, most recently a white/navy Flak Jacket XLJ that is available at the link above.
Glove under Fielding Glove
Franklin CFX Pro (same as hitting gloves)
Louisville Slugger DP318 Maple
Pedroia has been swinging Louisville Slugger recently for the first time in several seasons. He’s swinging a custom model based off the S318, called the “DP318″ as seen below. Slugger tells us Pedey’s version has a slightly bigger barrel than the S318. You can get the S318 here, but the DP318 is a custom cut.
Marucci DO34 Low Density Maple
Before he switched back to Slugger, Pedroia had been swinging the David Ortiz model Marucci for a few years. 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 several exclusive colorways, including the ones you see below.
Pedey seems to like both the 4040v2 and the 3000 that New Balance offers. Most recently, we’ve seen him in a stock black/white version of the 4040v2.
Aside from those, we’ve also seen him in red/grey, which are also available:
Evoshield Custom Foot Guard
Pedroia wears a guard to protect him from his own foul balls that is simply one-of-a-kind. We couldn’t find anything like Pedroia’s traditional camo Evoshield foot guard online, but as you probably know by now, Evoshield sells a leg guard that also protects the shin as well.
Evoshield Elbow Guard in Navy and Traditional Camo
We’ve seen him wearing an elbow guard that matches the traditional camo foot guard above, as well as a navy version. Neither are available, though there are some great colorways available at the above link and on Baseball Express.
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.”
What a player.