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Player Profile: Nelson Cruz

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Nelson Cruz swings a maple M9 C271 and made the switch from Nike to New Balance recently.

Nelson Cruz is another one of those dudes with jaw-dropping power who seems like he’s going to send one into space every time up.

He will most likely be most remembered for this performance:

So let’s make sure we get this straight—Cruz’ MLB firsts and records were the following:

  • 1st player in MLB history to hit a walk-off grand slam in ANY playoff series
  • 1st player to hit multiple extra inning home runs in a single playoff series
  • 6 home runs, most in postseason series history
  • 13 RBI, most in postseason series history
  • With 8 total home runs in the 2011 postseason, Cruz tied the record for home runs in the postseason (shared with Beltran, Bonds)

Not a bad month.

Cruz’ boomstick is an M9 C271 (switches between black and unpainted).  As I said with A-Rod, the C271 model is extremely popular and available all over the place.

Nelson Cruz wears TPX CB1 batting gloves like Starlin.  The difference though, is that both versions he wears (black/red, black/blue) are available online!

Black/Blue TPX CB1 batting gloves. MLB.tv.
Black/Red TPX CB1′s.

Cruz has sneaky speed, though you probably won’t see him running much anymore with that nagging hamstring injury he seems to pull up lame with twice a year.  He is another New Balance guy, wearing an exclusive pair of the 1103 model that we have some great pictures of, thanks to New Balance’s website.  They are the “high” style.

Cruz also wears a blue version, depending on the uniform he’s wearing.

Here are the links:

Louisville Slugger M9 C271 (this link takes you to all C271 bats)

TPX CB1 Batting Gloves (Nelson’s are the ones in black/blue and black/red)

New Balance 1103 Cleats (Remember, Cruz’ are custom but the high 1103s are available, just not in his exact look)

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Nelson Cruz’ TPX glove proved impossible to find.

Nelson Cruz is another guy far more recognized for his power than his glove.  Like, Giancarlo Stanton, though, Cruz plays a pretty good Right Field and has a rocket launcher for an arm.  Don’t believe me?  See for yourself.  That throw is one of the more clutch throws you’ll see and Cruz is currently tied for the 2012 league lead in Outfield Assists with 6 (Jose Bautista, Jeff Francouer).

Finding Cruz’ glove turned out to be a real bummer.  TPX doesn’t make anything like the one you see above (which is photoshopped right off Cruz’ hand), which looks like a standard black H-Web.  TPX makes a decent looking glove they named the “Pro Flare” series which looks like it might be similar in quality to Nelson Cruz’ leather.

Old school photo of Cruz in the minors with the TPX glove he still uses today. Photo by Brent.

Nelson Cruz’ sunglasses are a pretty slick-looking pair of the Oakley Fast Jacket, with the following custom choices:

  • Frame: Silver
  • Lens: G30 Iridium Polarzed
  • Lens: Black Iridium
  • Icon: Chrome
  • Earsock: Black

The only problem with the Oakley Custom Builder is that it doesn’t seem to allow you to select that black accent under the “O” icon.  If I’m not mistaken, that little piece allows you to switch out the lens.  Regardless, that piece on Cruz’ glasses is chrome and it didn’t allow me to change it when I was building it.

Cruz’ Oakley Fast Jacket sunglasses. Screen from MLB.tv.

Here are the links:

TPX Pro Flare Gloves (again, this is not Cruz’ glove—there’s really nothing like it on the market, but this Pro Flare style looks like a good quality glove and the most similar to what Cruz plays with in the field)

Oakley Fast Jacket (see the components above to get close to Cruz’ style—though you won’t be able to change that black accent next to the lens)

Oakley Fast Jacket (if you want to check out other colorways for this style—the polished white/clear black photochromic look A LOT like Cruz’ but I’m about 95% certain his frames are silver)

Note: This post was pretty annoying because I did a ton of research for no significant gain (couldn’t find his glove), and I know there’s not a ton of people out there interested in Cruz’ glove/sunglasses (probably way more interested in his batting stuff), but I want to stay consistent and do everybody completely before moving on to anyone else.  So bear with me.  I’m going to try to get rookie stud Mike Trout up tomorrow.

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2 Responses

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  2. Luke Norman

    He now uses a Marucci bat

    November 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm

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