words // Nick Engvall
When players started showing up for Spring Training and we began this year’s MLB Watch coverage, we noticed that San Francisco Giants hurler Tim Lincecum had made a change in the brand of cleats he wears. Last year, Lincecum was with Reebok, but so far this spring, he seems to be testing out his options for a new brand of cleats. Late last week, Lincecum hit the field on one of his off-days to throw before the Giants took on the Dodgers. Tim must have been feeling indecisive that morning and decided on two brands of cleats, a New Balance cleat on his left foot and a Nike cleat on his right.
While Lincecum tests the waters, one of the most noticeable changes in our coverage this spring is the amount of players who have dove in and made the switch to New Balance baseball cleats during the off-season. The Dodgers Rubby De La Rosa is the latest player that seems to have made the change.
Check out this week’s coverage below courtesy of Yahoo, where we get our first look at Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper.
Tim Lincecum mixes brands, wearing New Balance on one foot and Nike on the other.
Bryce Harper in the Under Armour Natural II.
Juan Pierre lays down a bunt in Mizuno 9-Spike cleats.
Josh Hamilton wearing Franklin batting gloves.
Jorge Posada fields a ground ball in the Nike Zoom Coop V.
Pablo Sandoval dives in safely wearing the UA Yard 5/8.
Ichiro Suzuki wearing his Asics signature cleats.
Rubby De La Rosa is yet another player wearing New Balance cleats.
Edwin Jackson in the Nike Air Huarache LWP90.
Chipper Jones has a laugh wearing Mizuno batting gloves.