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Wallpaper: Wilson Jorge Posada PE Catcher’s Glove

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With the MLB Playoffs getting underway today, I figured this week’s wallpaper would be a good time to share one of the upcoming Eastbay Exclusives. The New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada has worn a Wilson catcher’s mitt for a few seasons now, but soon you’ll be able to get the same glove he wears on the field, here at Eastbay. The Wilson A2000 Jorge Posada model can be seen throughout the playoffs as the Yankees look to add their 28th World Championship to their storied history.

Look for this to be available at Eastbay around the first of the year.

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Eastbay Photo of the Week: Brandon Phillips Wilson A2K

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Although Brandon Phillips has struggled at the plate recently, the 2008 Gold Glove winner has a couple things going his way. First off, his Cincinnati Reds team should be clinching their first playoff birth since 1995 any day now. Secondly, Brandon Phillips’ impressive glove work has made him one of the select few players to have their Player Exclusive baseball gloves made available to the public.

Phillips’ Wilson A2K glove is detailed with red piping and lacing to match his jersey color, and details like the gold stitched A2K on the index finger only add to the impressiveness of this limited-edition model. Look for this Eastbay-exclusive colorway to arrive as we turn the calendar page into the new year.

Reds fans can grab a wallpaper-sized image by clicking the link below the photo.

Brandon Phillips Wilson A2K Player Exclusive Glove

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How to Choose the Correct Baseball Glove

With the Major League Baseball season solidly through its first week, for many of us who play the game, whether it be competitively or simply for fun, the search for gear to get us through this season also begins this week. As we see our favorite players debuting the latest technologies in their equipment, it’s natural to wonder how they decide upon the equipment they have chosen for the season. One of the most important parts of the game of baseball is the glove you choose. Being that there are so many different styles out there, just seeing your favorite player in a particular baseball glove doesn’t necessarily mean that is the right glove for you.

Although each of us have our own influences that guide us towards a particular style, I thought I’d reach out to some of  “those in the know” at Eastbay to give me some direction on some of the choices that are available. Depending on the position, there are some features and styles that may work better for some aspects of the game than in others. With that said, a quick trip throughout the defensive positions was in order to ensure a real understanding of how the design of a glove can affect your performance at a particular position. Below are some of the details that were given to me, and hopefully they can help guide you in the right direction in how to choose the correct baseball glove for yourself.

Rawlings GGPNP3 I Web Baseball Glove
Rawlings GGPNP3 I Web

Infielders use smaller gloves because they are handling the ball more. They are catching grounders, scooping quickly, transferring to their throwing hand, etc. They need to feel where the ball is right away so they can complete the play. Larger gloves will make it difficult to feel exactly where the ball is because the pressure is spread across a greater surface area. The deeper web would also make it a bit more difficult to transfer the ball quickly and efficiently to your throwing hand, so small is the way to go.

They’ll use a modified trap web, I web or basket (also called tartan or closely woven) web, something designed for a smaller glove, something that doesn’t create a deep web where the ball can get lost (okay, not actually lost, but at least less accessible).

Rawlings PRM1150T Primo Series Modified Trap Web Baseball Glove
Rawlings PRM1150T Primo Series with Modified Trap Web

Mizuno Classic Pro X GCP10X Tartan Web Baseball Glove
Mizuno Classic Pro X GCP10X with Tartan Web

Pitchers generally wear infielder’s gloves with a modified trap, tartan web or basket web. The web has to be closely woven so you can’t see the way he’s gripping the ball inside the glove. Some teams prefer their pitchers to wear large gloves, up to 12.75″, to offer more coverage and give them more opportunity to snag shots.

First-basemen don’t really wear gloves, they wear mitts. Without separate finger stalls, the glove wears like a mitten — a big, bulky, leather mitten. First base mitts are generally very large, up to 13″. The webbings are wide and usually posted for stability. They need to catch the wild balls thrown at them in desperate attempts to prevent a run.
Third basemen have a wide array of gloves to choose from. They can pretty much wear anything they feel comfortable with. They are in between infield and outfield as far as skill sets go, and they can benefit from the larger, looser webs of the outfield but may find it easier to handle the ball with a smaller, tighter glove.

Nokona American Classic Pro Buckaroo Baseball Glove
Nokona American Classic Pro Buckaroo

Once you’re in the outfield, it’s all about size and extending your reach. The gloves are larger, and the webs are bigger and looser. In the outfield you’ll see Trapeze webs and Ichiro webs that create a very deep ball pocket. You might also see specialty webs like the ladder web, Y web, H web or Aso web. The basic gist of these gloves is to make the ball pocket huge, so you’ll make a bigger bullseye for the ball. The gloves are larger, and some are even flared at the ends to create a funnel effect to direct the ball toward your palm.

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