1.17.17

Advice From A Gold-Glover

Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier is here to help you become a star outfielder.

There’s no luck involved in winning two straight Gold Gloves and a Platinum Glove Award. The only road to becoming as great an outfielder as Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier is consistent hard work and dedication. Luckily, Kevin is here to give you some great pointers on how you can start on your own path towards defensive greatness.

How To Cover More Ground

“As far as speed on defense goes, you have to put a lot of time and effort into that each day. If you want to be the best of the best, you need to do a lot of things behind closed doors. Spend a lot of time on speed workouts and footwork drills, because it’ll keep you crisp out there and you’ll be able to make the big plays. Like I said, you need to do everything you can to help your team win.”

How To Boost Your Reaction Time

“My time playing basketball and football has helped me react quicker—so play other sports. Another big part of it is instincts. The routes you take on balls, how fast you get there, all of those things are instinctive and factor in to making the big play. You only get that by spending a ton of time during practice on defense.

I’d also say, find little things to motivate you each and every day. Part of why I train as hard as I do is that I never want to come up just short of a ball. I remember moments, like last season in Detroit. I came up a little short, and unfortunately my hand got caught in the grass and I broke two bones. But if I would have been a step quicker, it probably wouldn’t have happened. I let those moments eat at me and push me during every workout.”

How To Throw Out More Baserunners

“I would recommend long tossing. Head to the outfield with a teammate or coach and throw the baseball as long and far as possible. That definitely helps you maintain and increase arm strength. I’ve been doing that for years. Long toss can help every baseball player, not just outfielders.

And I can’t stray away from the fact that my brothers and I played catch with a football our whole lives. We have to be top-10-all-time in passes completed! No joke. I credit my brothers Dan and Steve, because I’m telling you, it’s unreal how much that has an effect. You do that throwing motion so many times and, obviously, throwing a football is heavier than a baseball. I just feel like it really increases arm strength.”

Top Gifts Fastpitch Featured

Top Gifts: Fastpitch

Eastbay offers thousands of gifts that keep on giving. Check out our Top Gifts: Fastpitch and find exactly what you need this holiday season.

Top Fastpitch Bat Of 2018

The Best Fastpitch Bats Of 2018

Finding the perfect fastpitch bat can be hard... Luckily, we're here to help — here are the Best Fastpitch Bats of 2018.

BBCOR Bats Featured

The Best BBCOR Baseball Bats Of 2018

Finding the perfect baseball bat can be hard... Luckily, we're here to help — Here are the Best BBCOR Baseball Bats of 2018.

Baseball Top Gifts Featured

Top Gifts: Baseball

Eastbay offers thousands of gifts that keep on giving. Check out our Top Gifts: Baseball and find exactly what you need this holiday season.

USA Youth Bats Featured

Youth Baseball Bat Regulations Are Changing — Here’s What You Need To Know!

As 2018 approaches, a number of new USA and USSSA certified bats have come out that meet new league and tournament regulations. Here is a breakdown of these bats from various brands.

Lindor Blog 1 Training

Francisco Lindor: Train Like One Of Baseball’s Best

Francisco Lindor is a game-changer on the diamond. But he didn’t get so good overnight — he’s put in decades of hard work to get to this point.

Get To Know Lindor 5

Francisco Lindor: The Mindset Of A Champion

BC. Francisco Lindor carries those two letters around with him wherever he goes. Find out what that acronym means and why it matters so much to him.

The New Balance 4040v4

The New Balance 4040v4: A Baseball Player’s Dream Cleat

The New Balance 4040v3 baseball cleat was a favorite among baseball players of all ages....

Here’s How You Can Make This Memorial Day Special

As you thank those in your life who have served or are serving, Eastbay is proud to offer gear that gives back and supports those great men and women.

Jackie Robinson: An Icon On And Off The Diamond

In honor of the 70th anniversary of Jackie breaking the color barrier, adidas has crafted a signature cleat and turf trainer that pay homage to the legendary man and athlete.

From the Cover to the Diamond: Eastbay Cover Stars are Ready for a Huge Season

Let’s take a look at some of baseball’s biggest names, break down what to watch for from them this year, and check out what they’ll be wearing on game day.

Ring In Spring With The New Balance ‘Coumarin Pack’

The experts over at New Balance have crafted special baseball cleats and sneakers that pay homage to this special time of year with the ‘Coumarin Pack.’

See More