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

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

Baseball is finally here and this year is full of intriguing storylines. Can Chicago repeat? What crazy stats will mega stars like Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout put up this season? Which young prospects will emerge as the faces of their franchises? It is sure to be a year of intrigue and the baseball players who have graced our cover promise to be at the center of all the action. So 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.

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Center Fielder

Let’s start with a 5-time All-Star and 2-time MVP. Trout is coming off another monstrous individual year, but is focused on leading LA back to the postseason for the first time since 2014.

What he’ll be wearing:

Nike Trout 3 Cleats

Rawlings Pro Preferred Glove

Nike MVP Elite Batting Gloves

Bryce Harper, Washington Right Fielder

Washington hasn’t had a losing season since Harper landed in the majors in 2012 and they’ll look for their young superstar to help them go further in the playoffs this year.

What he’ll be wearing:

Kris Bryant, Chicago Third Baseman

The world champs got the breakout season they needed from Bryant last season. His .292 BA, 39 HRs, and 102 RBIs earned him a well-deserved MVP award. Want to hear the crazy part? At only 25 years old, he’s still got plenty of room to grow.

What he’ll be wearing:

Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Right Fielder

Miami had their best record in six years last year and will count on their mighty cleanup hitter, Stanton, to power their offense. The three-time All-Star has over 200 career homers and is sure to launch plenty more long bombs in 2017.

What he’ll be wearing:

Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Center Fielder

Few players make as big of an impact on the diamond as Kiermaier does. The two-time Gold Glover is one of the best defensive players the game has seen in a long time. He also took major strides on the offensive side last year, setting career highs in HRs and OBP.

What he’ll be wearing:

Buster Posey, San Francisco Catcher

Speaking of outstanding defensive players, Posey finally captured his first Gold Glove in 2016. It was a long time coming for the veteran star who has been a lynchpin on both sides of the plate for the perennial contenders.

What he’ll be wearing:

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Pitcher

The surefire first ballot Hall of Famer will look to add to his ridiculous trophy case which already includes 3 Cy Young Awards, 1 MVP, and 6 All-Stars. But at this point, the one he really cares about and has a nice spot cleared out for is that world title ring.

What he’ll be wearing:

Xander Bogaerts, Boston Shortstop

Boston’s trusty starting shortstop would love to win his third consecutive Silver Slugger award this season, but he’s much more concerned about getting his team back to the Fall Classic for the first time since his rookie year in 2013.

What he’ll be wearing:

Built For The Pros, Perfect For You

Built For The Pros, Perfect For You

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Player Edition Gloves

Looking for a new fielding glove or mitt? Why not check out the massive selection of player edition gloves that Eastbay has to offer? Let’s run through some of this year’s top options:

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Wilson A2000 YP66 Fielder’s Glove: Yasiel Puig (OF)

LA’s Yasiel Puig is one of baseball’s most exciting outfielders. Time and time again, he makes incredible diving catches to rob hitters of extra bases. To help him makes those web gems, Yasiel wears the Wilson A2000 YP66 glove. It is made from Pro Stock Leather to give him the elite break-in and durability he needs.

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Wilson A2000 MC24 First Base Mitt: Miguel Cabrera (1B)

From a larger size to help scoop up low throws to extra padding for repeated use, it takes more than a glove to be a first baseman. You need a mitt. So what one does future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cabrera use? He wears the A2000 MC24 First Base Mitt. It features Super Skin material, which is twice as strong as cowhide leather and only half the weight. If it works great for ‘Miggy,’ it’ll work great for you.

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Wilson A2000 CK22 Fielder’s Glove: Clayton Kershaw (P)

A glove built for a pitcher needs a closed web to help conceal your pitches and a durable design to handle those screaming line drives. That’s why three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw wears the A2000 CK22 glove. A dual-welted, pre-curved finger design retains the glove’s shape and Dri-Lex material lines the wrist to keep your hands dry.

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Rawlings Heart of the Hide Catcher’s Mitt: Salvador Perez (C)

Three consecutive Gold Glove awards. A 2015 World Series MVP. No catcher has been better behind the plate the last few years than KC’s Salvador Perez, and the Rawlings Heart of the Hide Catcher’s Mitt is his secret weapon. With USA-tanned leather to withstand 95 mph fastballs, he can count on it to last and stay comfortable even if the game goes to extra innings.

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Rawlings Heart of the Hide Fielder’s Glove: Adrian Beltre (3B)

Few players have had as productive of a career both offensively and defensively as third baseman Adrian Beltre. When he lines up at the hot corner there is only one glove he trusts: The Rawlings Heart of the Hide. Lined with deer-tanned cowhide, it gives him the long-lasting performance and comfort he needs. So should you gear up like him? Well, he does have four Gold Glove awards, so yes. Yes, you should.

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Mizuno Global Elite VOP Fielder’s Glove: Ian Desmond (SS)

As a shortstop or second baseman, you can turn the tides in your favor by turning a double play or end your team’s hopes with an errant throw. Your glove needs to fit great, last a long time, and provide zero distractions. That’s why shortstops like Ian Desmond use gloves like the Mizuno Global Elite VOP. A rugged polyurethane patch protects the glove from normal wear and tear and an antimicrobial cushioned wrist pad keeps Ian comfortable.

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Nike Vapor 360 Flywire Fielder’s Glove: Carlos Gonzalez (OF)

If you are looking for an outfield glove with a flashy look and innovative design, look no further than the Nike Vapor 360 Flywire. Worn by Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez, a three-time Gold Glove winner, this glove backs up its bold style with lots of cutting edge technology. Flywire technology is featured in the FlyTune lacing system for a personalized shape while the Hyperfuse construction fuses together layers of synthetic materials to make the glove incredibly lightweight and responsive.

But here’s the crazy part: we haven’t even began to scratch the surface of our collection of gloves! No one has more game-day options than Eastbay. From Evan Longoria, to Brandon Crawford, there’s a good chance we have the style you’re looking for.