Miguel Cabrera is one of many players wearing New Balance cleats this spring.Miguel Cabrera is one of many players wearing New Balance cleats this spring.

words // Nick Engvall

It’s rare that players make the move from one brand to another during the regular season, but the off-season and Spring Training, that’s the time, as a player, to explore your options for new baseball equipment. In last week’s MLB Watch coverage, we saw Giants ace Tim Lincecum had switched up from the Reebok’s he wore last season into a pair Mizuno baseball cleats. This week, Lincecum seems to be exploring other options, opting for a pair of Nike baseball cleats in his recent outing.

Lincecum isn’t the only one who has made a switch during the off-season. It seems a lot of players have shown up for Spring Training wearing New Balance baseball cleats, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera being one of the biggest names seen sporting the iconic “N” on the side of his shoes.

For other players like Matt Holliday or Ichiro Suzuki, however, changing brands isn’t part of the plan. Both Holliday and Ichiro were seen this week with some updated Player Exclusive cleats from their partners Nike and Asics, respectively.

Check out this week’s photos courtesy of Yahoo below.


MLB Watch: A look at what the pros use on the diamond.
Tim Lincecum exploring his options with Nike Baseball cleats.Tim Lincecum exploring his options with Nike baseball cleats.

Matt Holliday with a clean pair of Player Exclusives from Nike Baseball.Matt Holliday with a clean pair of Player Exclusives from Nike Baseball.

Ichiro wearing his signature Asics and signature Mizuno batting gloves.Ichiro wearing his signature Asics and signature Mizuno batting gloves.

Dan Uggla wearing the Nike Shox Fuse 2.Dan Uggla wearing the Braves PE colorway of the Nike Shox Fuse 2.

Clayton Kershaw winds up in the Under Armour Ignite.Clayton Kershaw winds up in the Under Armour Ignite.

Chris Carpenter throws wearing his Rawlings glove.Chris Carpenter throws wearing his Rawlings glove.

Milton Bradley wearing the Franklin batting gloves.Milton Bradley wearing the Franklin batting gloves.

Jason Heyward wearing Nike Swingman batting gloves.Jason Heyward wearing Nike Swingman batting gloves.

Andres Blanco and Franklin Gutierrez both wearing the Nike Diamond Elite Fly.Andres Blanco and Franklin Gutierrez both wearing the Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly.

Justin Morneau wearing Reebok Zig trainers.Justin Morneau wearing Reebok Zig trainers.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka fielding a ground ball in Player Exclusive adidas Baseball cleats.Tsuyoshi Nishioka fielding a ground ball in Player Exclusive adidas baseball cleats.