Ring In Spring With The New Balance ‘Coumarin Pack’

Ring In Spring With The New Balance ‘Coumarin Pack’

Spring and baseball are synonymous for many athletes. As the temperatures start to rise, the snow finally melts, and the grass starts to grow, one thing becomes clear—it’s time to step onto the diamond and play ball! The experts over at New Balance have crafted special baseball cleats and sneakers that pay homage to this special time of year with the ‘Coumarin Pack.’

So, just what is coumarin? It’s an organic chemical fragrance found in the freshly cut grass that litters the outfield. And it’s also a perfect name for two different colorways that signify the end of winter and the beginning of spring baseball.

The first colorway celebrates Arizona spring baseball with special versions of the 3000v3 cleat and 998 sneaker. The warm red and gold colors are perfect for those who play the game with a fiery passion while added dessert accents rep the Grand Canyon State in style.

For the coolest players on and off the diamond, the grey and jade, Florida-inspired colorway is the right choice. Styled after the Spring Grapefruit League, these 3000v3s and 997s have a level of Miami Vice-like swag that can only come from the Sunshine State.

If you want one of these special New Balance sneakers or cleats, you’d better hurry—they are limited edition and Eastbay is one of only a few places offering them. So snag your favorite cleat or sneaker and let us know in the comments which colorway you’ll be rocking this spring.

 

Advice From A Gold-Glover

Advice From A Gold-Glover

Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier is here to help you become a star outfielder.

There’s no luck involved in winning two straight Gold Gloves and a Platinum Glove Award. The only road to becoming as great an outfielder as Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier is consistent hard work and dedication. Luckily, Kevin is here to give you some great pointers on how you can start on your own path towards defensive greatness.

How To Cover More Ground

“As far as speed on defense goes, you have to put a lot of time and effort into that each day. If you want to be the best of the best, you need to do a lot of things behind closed doors. Spend a lot of time on speed workouts and footwork drills, because it’ll keep you crisp out there and you’ll be able to make the big plays. Like I said, you need to do everything you can to help your team win.”

How To Boost Your Reaction Time

“My time playing basketball and football has helped me react quicker—so play other sports. Another big part of it is instincts. The routes you take on balls, how fast you get there, all of those things are instinctive and factor in to making the big play. You only get that by spending a ton of time during practice on defense.

I’d also say, find little things to motivate you each and every day. Part of why I train as hard as I do is that I never want to come up just short of a ball. I remember moments, like last season in Detroit. I came up a little short, and unfortunately my hand got caught in the grass and I broke two bones. But if I would have been a step quicker, it probably wouldn’t have happened. I let those moments eat at me and push me during every workout.”

How To Throw Out More Baserunners

“I would recommend long tossing. Head to the outfield with a teammate or coach and throw the baseball as long and far as possible. That definitely helps you maintain and increase arm strength. I’ve been doing that for years. Long toss can help every baseball player, not just outfielders.

And I can’t stray away from the fact that my brothers and I played catch with a football our whole lives. We have to be top-10-all-time in passes completed! No joke. I credit my brothers Dan and Steve, because I’m telling you, it’s unreal how much that has an effect. You do that throwing motion so many times and, obviously, throwing a football is heavier than a baseball. I just feel like it really increases arm strength.”

Kevin Kiermaier: Beating the Odds

Kevin Kiermaier: Beating the Odds

The road to greatness is never easy.

01-09_blog-story2

Tuesday, June 10. 2010. It was supposed to be one of the best days of Kevin Kiermaier’s life.

It was the second day of the MLB Draft, when rounds 2-30 were being held. “I had two outstanding years in college and everyone was telling me I would probably go between the 8th and 15th round,” Kevin explained. “So I had everyone come over, my friends and family, and we were all waiting for my name to be called.”

But the night didn’t go as planned. “So the 8th round passes… the 10th… the 15th… nothing. I thought ‘Okay, not where I want to be but it’s alright,’ Kevin said. “But then we get to the 20th round… 25th… 30th… and my name never got called.”

It was an excruciating wait.