MLB Watch: 2012 MLB All Star Game

MLB Watch: 2012 MLB All Star Game

words // Brennan Hiro Williams and Luis Sanchez

The 83rd MLB All Star Game took place this week in Kansas City, Missouri, pitting the Senior Circuit against the Junior Circuit in front of a sold out Kaufmann Stadium crowd.

Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder kicked things off on Monday night by winning his second Home Run Derby. Fielder became only the second player to win multiple Derbies, following all-time great Ken Griffey Jr.

On Tuesday night, the National League reigned supreme in an 8-0 All Star Game victory, led by the four San Francisco Giants representatives. Melky Cabrera was named All Star Game MVP at the conclusion of the night, proudly hoisting his trophy above his technicolor orange Nike Air Max MVP Elite cleats.

Check out what was on the feet of this year’s All Stars in the photos below.

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Prince Fielder wins the 2012 Home Run Derby in the Home Run Pack edition Nike Air Max MVP Elite.

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Fernando Rodney jokes around in the Spine Highlight Under Armour  baseball cleats.

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The Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval, ropes a bases-clearing triple in the top of the first inning wearing Under Armour baseball cleats.

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Andrew McCutchen wears the newest signature Nike baseball cleats from the Nike Swingman line.

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Bryce Harper wears the National League version of the new Highlight Under Armour Baseball cleats.

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Cole Hamels delivers to the plate in an upcoming pair of adizero adidas baseball cleats.

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Curtis Granderson swings through pitch in his New Balance MB4040 All Star Player Exclusives. Buster Posey is entertained.

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Matt Holliday wears a special PE version of the Air Max MVP Elite Nike Baseball cleats.

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Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro wears an all blue PE version of the Air Max MVP Elite Nike Baseball cleats.

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The Salvelinus of Swat, Angels rookie Mike Trout, steps in the box wearing the Air Max MVP Elite Nike Baseball cleats.

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Like his teammate Brian Wilson before him, Melky Cabrera shut it down in his all orange Air Max MVP Elite Nike Baseball cleats.

MLB Watch: Jered Weaver Throws No-Hitter

MLB Watch: Jered Weaver Throws No-Hitter

words // Brennan Hiro Williams

Jered Weaver, as some would say, put the team on his back last night, striking out nine on route to a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins.

The Angels ace recorded the 10th no-hitter in Angels history, and the second in the MLB this season (only two weeks after Phil Humber’s perfect game).

The Angels hope that Weaver’s effort will change the team’s momentum, after starting the season with a disappointing 10-15 record. Weaver faces the Twins in his next start on May 7 — can he do it again?

Take a closer look at Weaver’s historic performance in the latest edition of MLB Watch.

Photos via Y! Sports.

Weaver uses a black Nike Elite Pro fielders glove.

Weaver delivers a pitch wearing a Nike Dri-Fit Pro Combat top and the Nike Air Show Elite 2.

Weaver tips his New Era 59FIFTY Angels cap to the home crowd.

MLB Watch: Man On Fire

MLB Watch: Man On Fire

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The 2012 MLB season is off to an exciting start, especially in Chavez Ravine where Matt Kemp is already 10 home runs into his promised 50-50 campaign.

Kemp launched number 10 last night against the Braves, a 454-foot bomb in the rainy L.A. night sky. In addition to his 10 home runs, Kemp currently paces all of baseball with 23 RBIs, a .449 average and a 1.455 OPS.

See who else is on fire around the league, in the latest edition of MLB Watch.

Photos via Y! Sports.


Matt Kemp launches his 10th home run of the season in the Nike Air Diamond Elite.

Yu Darvish throws a 10K gem against the Yankees wearing the Nike Air Show Elite 2.

Curtis Granderson, already with 6 home runs on the season, wheels around third base in the New Balance 40/40 Low.

Evan Longoria (1.011 OPS) turns on a pitch in his Nike Shox Gamer PEs.

New Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez delivers his third straight scoreless start in Jordan cleats.

Leading the Orioles to a respectable 11-7 start, Matt Wieters squats behind the plate in his new Under Armour cleats.

MLB Watch: The Aces

MLB Watch: The Aces

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Baseball fans witnessed several brilliant pitching campaigns in 2011, though none were more spectacular than the season-long clinics put on by Cy Young award winners Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw.

Who will win the Cy in 2012? Be sure to leave your predictions in the comments below. Now let’s take a look at some of the premier arms from around the league:

Images via Y! Sports


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Big Time Timmy Jim switches things up again with the New Balance 40/40.

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The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young, Justin Verlander wears Reebok baseball cleats.

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Doc Halladay (Nike) leads the stacked Phillies pitching staff in their hunt for another NL East pennant.

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Under Armour athlete and 2011 NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw delivers a two-seam fastball.

Vallejo, California’s own CC Sabathia stretches out in his player exclusive Jordan Diamond Cat baseball cleats.

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One of two Cy Young winners on the Phillies staff, Cliff Lee sets out for his second award in the Nike Air Show Elite 2.

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David Price, Nike athlete and ace of the talented Rays staff, takes his long stride towards the plate.

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Jered Weaver looks for another 6-0 start in 2012 wearing the Nike Air Show Elite 2.

MLB Watch: And So It Begins…

MLB Watch: And So It Begins…


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words // Brennan Hiro Williams

The 2012 MLB season officially kicks off tomorrow when the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners start a two game-series in Japan at the famous Tokyo Dome.

The tour of Japan started for the two teams earlier this week, including exhibition games against Japan’s two most beloved teams, the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants, and an important goodwill visit to the city of Ishinomaki, which was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami (the MLB is donating $500,000 towards the city’s reconstruction efforts).

The series features several interesting storylines, including the MLB debut of Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes and the return of Mariners superstar Ichiro Suzuki to Japan.

The Mariners will send ace Felix Hernandez to the hill against resurgent A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy in game 1. Your baseball fandom will be tested, however, as tomorrow’s game starts at 6:00am ET.

Photos via Y! Sports.


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A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki (Nike Shox Gamer) launches a solo home run against the Hanshin Tigers.

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Highly touted prospect Dustin Ackley (Nike Air Huarache LWP90) goes deep against the Yomiuri Giants.

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The A’s have a super prospect of their own at second base – Jemile Weeks fields grounders with his new Wilson A2000 series glove.

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Newly acquired A’s outfielder Josh Reddick (New Balance 40/40) slides home past Hanshin catcher Akihito Fujii.

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Former Tohoku Golden Eagle and 2008 Sawamura Award winner Hisashi Iwakuma delivers a pitch wearing Nike Baseball gear.

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A’s speedster Coco Crisp takes a hack in the new adidas adiZero 5-Tool.

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The man, the myth and the legend – Ichiro returns to Japan.