Your 2017 Spring Baseball Gear Guide
Baseball season is finally around the corner and we know you’ve working hard to make this your best season yet. So as you prep for opening day, we’re here to give you a detailed breakdown of all the gear you need to turn your pop-ups into homers and your close attempts into diving catches.
Top Pitchers’ Glove
P- Wilson A2000 CK22 Fielder’s Glove
You need it because: It’s trusted by a three-time Cy Young winner. This durable, reliable glove is available for lefties and righties and is the game day glove of legendary pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Top Catchers’ Glove
C-All-Star Professional CM 3000
You need it because: It’s built to last and keep your hands comfortable behind the plate. Its exclusive Japanese tanned steer hide with black leather backing can withstand pitch after pitch after pitch.
Top Infield Gloves
1B-Rawlings Pro Preferred 1st Base Mitt
You need it because: The glove’s full-grain kip leather provides an unrivaled look and feel on the diamond. Add on the 100% wool padding, which helps maintain pocket formation, and covering first base just got a lot easier.
2B-Wilson A2000 JA27 Fielder’s Glove
You need it because: You’ll get first-class performance, durability, and style when you take the field. This game day glove of Gold Glover Jose Altuve features dual welting along each finger back for a sturdy pocket.
3B- Wilson A2000 EL3- Longoria
You need it because: From the Double Palm Construction to the Pro Stick Hide leather, this Wilson glove is built from the ground up to consistently perform and last for years.
SS-Rawlings Heart of the Hide Fielder’s Glove
You need it because: Gloves don’t get any more comfortable than the Rawlings Heart of the Hide. Deer tanned cowhide palm lining and padded thumb loops create a plush fit and feel so you can stay focused on turning double plays.
Top Outfield Gloves
LF: Nokona Bloodline Pro Fielder’s Glove
You need it because: The Bloodline’s proprietary kangaroo leather is considered one of the strongest and most durable leathers in the world, but it still maintains a light weight.
CF: Rawlings Heart of the Hide PROTB24 Fielder’s Glove
You need it because: You need to cover a lot of ground and make a lot of plays in center field. Heart of the Hide steer hide leather is constructed from only the top 5% of all hides available. That means you are getting only the very best when you need to be at your best.
RF: Mizuno Pro Soft Fielder’s Glove
You need it because: Roll welted for stability, pre-oiled leather for shape retention, and Ultrasoft Pro Palm Liner for an excellent feel. The Mizuno Pro Soft has what you need to snag those tricky fly balls in the outfield.
Fast Break-In Gloves
Rawlings Mark of a Pro Gloves
You need it because: You crave elite performance and want it from the jump. Available in first base, infield, and outfield models, Rawlings Mark of a Pro gloves have a quick break-in period and feature a Zero Shock Sting Reduction Palm Pad to reduce ball sting and keep your hands protected.
New Balance 3000v3
You need it because: Comfort, comfort, and more comfort. There are plenty of reasons why lots of MLBers swear by the 3000v3, but its all-game comfort has to be at the top. Credit that to the Fantomfit upper, Soft Comfort Collar, and ReVlite cushioning.
Nike Alpha Air Clipper 2017
You need it because: A legendary baseball cleat has returned and it’s better than ever. The Alpha Air Clipper 2017 is a perfect mix of past and present with supportive Flywire cables and lightweight Phylon cushioning.
Under Armour Deception
You need it because: It is ultra-light and features some game-changing technology. UA’s patented DiamondTips tech makes these cleats the first ever with an outsole that combines the comfort of molded Pebax with the traction of metal.
Easton Mako Beast
You need it because: You’ll be getting the game’s fastest swing weight. And with a barrel that’s 1.5” longer than the original MAKO, you’ll be getting a huge sweet spot and maximized energy transfer during contact.
DeMarini Voodoo Insane
You need it because: The famous DeMarini Voodoo line is finally available in balanced and endloaded models. That means you can get the line’s lightweight strength and reduced vibration with an even better feel.
You need it because: If you thought the Cat6 was great, the Cat7 blows it out of the water. It’s got a sweet spot twice as large as its predecessor while also including a 2nd Generation AV2 Knob for less negative vibration.
Top Batting Gloves
Nike MVP Elite Batting Gloves
You need it because: You want total control and grip during your swings. With a premium sheepskin leather palm, the Nike MVP Edge Batting Gloves give you the ideal level of stickiness when stepping up to the plate.
Franklin CFX Pro Batting Gloves
You need it because: Fit and feel is essential during your at-bats. From its floating thumb tech to its added QUAD-FLEX creasing, the Franklin CFX Pro is designed to reduce bunching and form an adaptive fit.
Cutters Power Control 2.0 Yin Yang Batting Gloves
You need it because: You’re looking for the most comfortable batting gloves around. Premium Cabretta leather palms and a 40mm elastic strap provide enhanced comfort and a natural, secure fit.
Oakley Radar EV Pitch Sunglasses
You need it because: These aren’t just any sunglasses, the Radar EVs are fine-tuned to up your performance and vision on the diamond. Revolutionary PRIZM lens technology blocks out the sun and keeps your eyes safe while helping draw focus to the baseball.
Easton Walkoff Backpack
You need it because: The Walkoff Backpack has tons of storage space and versatility—perfect for traveling ball players. Its dual-zipper design also features a fence hook so you can conveniently store it in your dugout.
Easton Z5 Grip Batting Helmet
You need it because: It will put a premium on your safety while also keeping you dry and comfortable. The helmet’s ABS shell delivers maximum protection while the ear pads are wrapped for an ideal fit.
Evoshield Molded Wrist Guard
You need it because: This wrist guard is a real game-changer. Its cutting edge technology and design deliver a fit as secure as tape, a feel as comfortable as cotton, and protection as durable as armor.
Nike Pro Vapor Leg Guard
You need it because: The Nike Pro Vapor Leg Guard can be customized over and over for unbelievable fit and comfort. Its low profile single ankle design ensures that you don’t lose any range of motion while its strap hook and loop closure gives you an easy on/off.
All Star System 7 Catcher’s Gear
You need it because: It’ll keep you safe, mobile, and comfortable behind the plate. The I-Bar Vision steel cage in the helmet increases its strength and range of view, the DeltaFlex Harness on the chest protector adjusts comfortably for a wide range of body types, and the Patella Plus Gel pads on the leg guards keep your knees healthy and prevent bruising.
Nike Pro Combat Tight Slider
You need it because: These tights keep you comfortable and protected when sliding. The stretch-woven fabric throughout moves with you for a custom fit while durable laminate pods are placed in key sliding areas.
New Balance ASYM Baseball Shirt
You need it because: You need to stay cool, dry, and fresh on the diamond. Mesh in-arm panels and a side insert add ventilation while odor-resistant fabric also wicks away sweat so you can focus on the game.
Majestic S/S Training Jacket
You need it because: This Majestic training jacket gives you a premium look and keeps you comfortable during your baseball workouts. Chest and upper back vents are lined with mesh for an unbelievable feel and contrast trim helps your style shine.
Rawlings Training Shorts
You need it because: You want to block out rain and sweat during your toughest baseball drills. Pro-Dri fabric wicks away moisture while its four-way stretch design gives you maximum mobility.
Nike Team Vapor Pro Pants Piped
You need it because: These Nike pants are thermo regulated to keep your body at the ideal temperature and they also have a double layered knee for added sliding protection.
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