What Pros Wear: Derek Jeter (Bat, Batting Gloves, Cleats, Glove, Sunglasses, Guards)
The same one he’s been wearing for 20 seasons, the most ever in Pinstripes.
Jeter is wearing his signature cleat, the Lux Metal from Jordan brand this year. The cleats are available in black, same as Jeter’s.
Jeter is the first guy other than Michael himself to wear the Jordan brand on the diamond (see Jordan’s profile here). Things have come a long way since then, as Jordan 12s are now available for the general public. With the buzz I’ve seen generated by the 12s, I have to believe there are more on the way. (Pretty good look at some Jordan cleats here.)
A look at last year’s Jeter Legend Elites:
Jeter has been wearing these for two seasons. He used to wear the Rooly Vatican sunglasses before switching over to Oakley.
Glove Worn Under Fielding Glove
You can see Jeter’s bat and the white version of his Jordan batting gloves in the photo above. Jeter’s own model has the old Louisville Slugger markings rather than their new branding, which Slugger does for their top guys.
Jeter’s not the only 3000 hit club member to use the P72. Can you guess the other two? Read this for the answer.
As you can see in the photo above, Jeter’s P72′s measurements are 34 inch/32 ounce. You can tell by the grains that Jeter’s bat is an Ash. To quote a very informative article by woodbat.org:
“White ash (Fraxinus americana) is a ring-porous species, which means that in each year of growth, there are clear concentrations of large earlywood cells, and then an abrupt transition to smaller latewood cells.”
Those pores that you can see with your own eyes give Ash less density and more flex than a Maple. The Ash compliments Jeter’s abilities. Its lighter, giving him a quicker swing so he can stay on a pitch for longer, and because of the flex he’s able to poke those outside pitches an instant before they dive out of the zone.
As you can see in the screengrab above, Jeter is wearing the Jordan Team batting gloves that he wore last year. His colorways are very scarce if anywhere. You can also see yet another Benik wrist guard, the W-104 which he looks to wear in non-baserunning situations. Jeter is really protecting those hands, as he also wears an Evoshield Sliding Wrist Guard once he gets on base.
Jeter has worn these in the past:
Baserunning Wrist Guard
Jeter is in a tangled love triangle for protective gear as he’s wearing both of the major brands. Last year, he wore the Benik below, but it looks like in his final season he’s going with Evoshield.
Jeter has a Yankee logo on his new Evoshield leg guard, which he’s been wearing for two seasons now.