What Pros Wear: Evan Longoria (Cleats, Bat, Glove, Batting Gloves, Guards, Sunglasses)
Longoria has been hitting missiles with the flame-treated I13 for a while now. The bat is available in both Longo’s old style Louisville as well as the new “Prime” cut. From the photo below, you can see on the knob of a 2011 piece that he swings a 33.5 inch, 31.5 ounce, though there is always slight variation in the weight.
And below you can see a more recent bat, which shows that Longo’s lumber carries the new Slugger branding.
Franklin Natural II in Pearl/Navy and Grey/Navy
This is the switch that made the transition from Nike complete. Just about as long as he’s been in the league, Longo has been swinging custom Nikes, be it the Fuse 2 or the Diamond Elite Pro II. Franklin said in a press release that Longo has decided to wear the Natural IIs “for the remainder of the season.” Not sure the connotations of that but it definitely leaves the door open for next year. Longo’s pearl/navy home colorway and grey/navy away colorway weren’t available last we checked.
New Balance 3000 in Black/Silver
From our previous update back in July: “Longoria has been dipping his toes in a few Nike exclusives but keeps coming back to the NB 3000s. He must really like them because, since he’s got a deal with Nike, he can’t show the logo, hence the blacked-out “N” for New Balance. “
Longoria recently ended the blacked out charade, wearing undisguised New Balance 3000s in black/silver lately, which you can see best in the feature photo
Also from our previous update: “Its these types of situations, like the Tulo batting gloves, when you realize that as incredible as Nike’s reach in the sports world is, you cannot discount the specialized companies like Franklin and New Balance. These are people who have been working at their craft for generations, and they make a damn good product.”
With that said, Longo’s locker was still flush with filthy Nike exclusives last we saw, and we aren’t ready to forget about them:
Nike Huarache Pro Mid (The first we’ve seen these, WPW reader Natan came up huge for us here)
Available not only in black but other colors, including camo.
Evoshield Elbow Guard in Dark Blue
Unavailable in Longoria’s blue, but there are many colors to choose from.
Benik W-107 Wrist Guard in Dark Blue
You can see this one in the photo before the slideshow of Longoria sliding. It is available and in Longo’s color.
Pro Hitter in Various Colors
This one is the most popular “guard”-type piece of equipment in the Majors, hands down. There’s probably a handful of guys on each roster that uses it.
Longo’s 11.75 Inch EL3 is also worn by Miguel Cabrera.
As for his sunglasses, we heard from a reader that he’s been wearing Kaenon (probably Hard Kore), though we have no photographic evidence yet. Let us know if you see anything.