What Pros Wear: Jacoby Ellsbury (Bat, Batting Gloves, Cleats, Guards, Sunglasses, Sleeve)
You can see in this photo the model number, JE47.
Based on the grains in the picture of the knob of Ellsbury’s U47 from 2013, you can tell he’s swinging a 33.5/30.5 Ash:
When he came to New York, Louisville probably whipped him up his own model number like Rawlings has done, too.
He hasn’t been swinging it lately, but Ellsbury has his own custom model Marucci, the JE2 in that pretty brown finish with gold labels. It is not available online, though you can browse Marucci models here.
“Ellsbury swings a bat that derived off of Dan Uggla’s model (DU26). The DU26 is a slight variation of the KA29 (Kurt Ainsworth) – one of the original Marucci models. He swings a 33.5/30.5 cup. He also has a custom brown finish.”
Look closely at the bat photo above and you can see a black wrap around the handle, that’s a Lizard Skin, a product that is becoming very popular in the Bigs for a sure grip. Thanks to Cedric for reminding me to note it.
You can see Ellsbury’s batting gloves well in the photo above of Ellsbury’s bat. These are available just like Jacoby’s.
Ellsbury is not alone as these are seen on the thumbs of most guys we profile on WPW. What is it? From ProHitter.com:
- PROHITTER produces quick hands, faster wrist turns, increasing bat speed and power.
- Hit for a higher batting average, with more pop and greater consistency!
- Most pro players are batting with PROHITTER for the advanced grip technique.
- PROHITTER also provides the best batting sting reduction.
- More than 50% of baseballs’ best pro players get big hits wearing PROHITTER!
The ProHitter works by occupying the space between your thumb and your index finger, so that when you grip the bat, it does not get buried too deep in your hands, but instead stays in your fingers. This placement ensures that the hitter will be generating the maximum “flick” of the wrist. Any good hitter will tell you how important the wrists are as a hitter.
Jacoby must like the Huarache Pro Mids as he brought them with him from Boston. Based on all the cleats we’ve seen from the Yankees, they enforce a strict black & white only rule, so that’s why you never see the Jeter’s and A-Rod’s of the world wearing any color. They’re not permitted to. I won’t get too political about it but I think that’s a bullshit rule. As is the facial hair rule. Has every World Series champion been clean-shaven? Its comical to even ask that question with the “Playoff Beard” taking on the cult mentality that it has recently. This isn’t 1927 anymore. With all the money the Yankees have, their uptight attitude keeps free agents away, and that’s not debatable…
Brian Wilson’s agent told Brian Cashman that Wilson won’t shave his beard. “Cross him off the list,” Cashman said.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) November 13, 2013
That’s not to say that the Yankees needed Wilson or that he doesn’t have the ugliest haircut/beard going on Earth right now, but I’m sure he’s not the first good ballplayer to feel that way.
Anyways… that hoody is fire, too.
These are some of the better on-field hoodies I’ve seen. MLB.com Shop is actually bringing it these days.
Evoshield Leg Guard in Grey
Evoshield Elbow Guard in Grey
This is just my best guess on the sleeve as Nike markets a lot of different sleeves. I’m thinking he’s probably like most ballplayers and wants to keep his throwing arm warm.
Rawlings Heart of the Hide JE-46
Jacoby Ellsbury’s claims in the video below that he likes to keep a glove for a few seasons because he likes a well-broken in glove. The glove we’ve seen him playing with the last few years is a custom Rawlings model PRO JE-46 (named for him and his first number, 46). Ellsbury’s latest version has a gold Rawlings “R” to celebrate his 2011 Gold Glove.
This glove is nowhere to be found. There are very similar gloves out there. They have a glove sold as Ellsbury’s gamer, the suede PROJR7-50, available here. There is also is the PRO303-6JB-HEY named for Jason Heyward and Alex Gordon’s model, too.
Ellsbury’s shades are Yankees exclusives, though there are many styles online.