MLB Watch: Baseball Does Their Part to Help Japan

MLB Watch: Baseball Does Their Part to Help Japan

Junichi Tazawa, Itsuki Shoda, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima take donations to help Japan's recovery.Junichi Tazawa, Itsuki Shoda, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima take donations to help Japan’s recovery.

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The world has been devastated by the recent natural disasters that have struck Japan. With baseball being such a worldwide sport, the disaster struck all too close to home for many of the players in the league. Reports of missing family members of many Major League players began just hours after the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Although, at this time it seems all immediately family members of Major League players have been accounted for, friends and family will likely be affected for the rest of their lives. The process of getting back to normal will likely be long and emotional for all of those affected, but many are doing their part to make the process easier.

With a large and ever-increasing percentage of Japanese players in the Major Leagues, many of the teams, like the Boston Red Sox, have taken the initiative to gather donations at recent spring training games to help Japan get back on its feet. Individual players from around the league have done their part, and teams like the Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox have also taken the initiative to donate as well.

Check out this week’s MLB Watch coverage below, courtesy of Yahoo.


MLB Watch: A look at what the pros use on the diamond.

Hideki Matsui in Mizuno 9-Spike cleats.Hideki Matsui in Mizuno baseball cleats.

Adam Dunn wearing adidas Diamond King cleats.Adam Dunn wearing adidas Diamond King cleats.

Adrian Gonzalez in the Nike Air Max Diamond ELite Fly.Adrian Gonzalez in the Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly.

Clayton Kershaw in the Under Armour Ignite.Clayton Kershaw in the Under Armour Ignite.

Coco Crisp in the adidas adiZero Diamond King Low.Coco Crisp in the adidas adiZero Diamond King Low.

Ichiro Suzuki in Mizuno batting gloves.Ichiro Suzuki in Mizuno batting gloves.

Jonathan Papelbon in the Under Armour Natural II.Jonathan Papelbon in the Under Armour Natural II.

Josh Beckett throws wearing the Reebok VR6000 glove.Josh Beckett throws wearing the Reebok VR6000 glove.

Orlando Hudson in the Nike Swingman Remix 2.Orlando Hudson in the Nike Swingman Remix 2.

Rafael Furcal in the Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly.Rafael Furcal in the Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly.

Ryan Howard in adidas batting gloves.Ryan Howard in adidas batting gloves.

 

MLB Watch: Let the Spring Training Games Begin

MLB Watch: Let the Spring Training Games Begin

Miguel Cabrera is one of many players wearing New Balance cleats this spring.Miguel Cabrera is one of many players wearing New Balance cleats this spring.

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It’s rare that players make the move from one brand to another during the regular season, but the off-season and Spring Training, that’s the time, as a player, to explore your options for new baseball equipment. In last week’s MLB Watch coverage, we saw Giants ace Tim Lincecum had switched up from the Reebok’s he wore last season into a pair Mizuno baseball cleats. This week, Lincecum seems to be exploring other options, opting for a pair of Nike baseball cleats in his recent outing.

Lincecum isn’t the only one who has made a switch during the off-season. It seems a lot of players have shown up for Spring Training wearing New Balance baseball cleats, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera being one of the biggest names seen sporting the iconic “N” on the side of his shoes.

For other players like Matt Holliday or Ichiro Suzuki, however, changing brands isn’t part of the plan. Both Holliday and Ichiro were seen this week with some updated Player Exclusive cleats from their partners Nike and Asics, respectively.

Check out this week’s photos courtesy of Yahoo below.


MLB Watch: A look at what the pros use on the diamond.
Tim Lincecum exploring his options with Nike Baseball cleats.Tim Lincecum exploring his options with Nike baseball cleats.

Matt Holliday with a clean pair of Player Exclusives from Nike Baseball.Matt Holliday with a clean pair of Player Exclusives from Nike Baseball.

Ichiro wearing his signature Asics and signature Mizuno batting gloves.Ichiro wearing his signature Asics and signature Mizuno batting gloves.

Dan Uggla wearing the Nike Shox Fuse 2.Dan Uggla wearing the Braves PE colorway of the Nike Shox Fuse 2.

Clayton Kershaw winds up in the Under Armour Ignite.Clayton Kershaw winds up in the Under Armour Ignite.

Chris Carpenter throws wearing his Rawlings glove.Chris Carpenter throws wearing his Rawlings glove.

Milton Bradley wearing the Franklin batting gloves.Milton Bradley wearing the Franklin batting gloves.

Jason Heyward wearing Nike Swingman batting gloves.Jason Heyward wearing Nike Swingman batting gloves.

Andres Blanco and Franklin Gutierrez both wearing the Nike Diamond Elite Fly.Andres Blanco and Franklin Gutierrez both wearing the Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly.

Justin Morneau wearing Reebok Zig trainers.Justin Morneau wearing Reebok Zig trainers.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka fielding a ground ball in Player Exclusive adidas Baseball cleats.Tsuyoshi Nishioka fielding a ground ball in Player Exclusive adidas baseball cleats.

MLB Watch: Position Players Arrive for Spring Training

MLB Watch: Position Players Arrive for Spring Training

Jimmy Rollins in the Nike Slasher PE.

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Last week marked the arrival of pitchers and catchers to Spring Training in either Florida or Arizona, depending on the clubs’ pre-season locale. This week, our MLB Watch coverage gives you the first look as the position players from around the league arrived for workouts.

As you can expect every year, there are always a few surprises in store when the players start to hit the field. Not only are there more trades and signings than you can possibly imagine, but sometimes players make equipment changes as well. Obviously new models begin to pop up as the players ditch last season’s equipment and break in the new gear before the regular season begins on the last day of March.

This week some fan favorites made their way to new teams for the first time. Vladimir Guerrero joined the Baltimore Orioles for the first time since his off-season signing, while Hideki Matsui was seen wearing the green and gold of the Oakland A’s for the first time. As for the equipment changes, only one stood out this week. San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum took to the mound wearing Mizuno cleats as opposed to last season’s Reebok Vero IV.

Check out some of this week’s photos below courtesy of Yahoo.

MLB Watch: A look at what the pros wear on the diamond.
Vladimir Guerrero bobbles a fly ball in the adidas Diamond King cleat.Vladimir Guerrero bobbles a fly ball in the adidas Diamond King cleats.

Stephen Strasburg warms up wearing Nike Zoom Coop V.Stephen Strasburg warms up wearing Nike Zoom Coop V.

Milton Bradley waits to bat wearing the Nike Air Max Trainer 1.Milton Bradley waits to bat wearing the Nike Air Max Trainer 1.

Tim Lincecum made the move to Mizuno cleats in the off-season.Tim Lincecum made the move to Mizuno cleats in the off-season.

Jimmy Rollins wearing the Nike Slasher PE.Jimmy Rollins wearing the Nike Slasher PE.

Hideki Matsui wearing Mizuno batting gloves in his new Oakland A's attire.Hideki Matsui wearing Mizuno batting gloves in his new Oakland A’s attire.

Derek Jeter wearing his signature Rawlings Heart of the Hide model.Derek Jeter wearing his signature Rawlings Heart of the Hide glove.

Carl Crawford waits for some swings in the Jordan Team batting glove.Carl Crawford waits for some swings in the Jordan Team batting glove.

Albert Pujols fields a ground ball in the Nike Air Trainer SC 2010.Albert Pujols fields a ground ball in the Nike Air Trainer SC 2010.

CC Sabathia taking a run in the NikeCC Sabathia taking a run in the Nike Free 7.0.

Jose Reyes wearing Under Armour shoes.Jose Reyes wearing Under Armour Whiprays.

MLB Watch: Position Players Arrive for Spring Training

Introducing the Jordan Jeter Throwback

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New York Yankee superstar Derek Jeter has had a career full of unforgettable highlights, and the inspiration for the latest sneaker in his signature line comes from the shoes he was wearing during some of those memorable and miraculous plays. After last season’s World Series Championship, the fifth for Jeter, it only seems appropriate to commemorate the ten time all-star.

With a list of baseball cleats and turf shoes that easily rivals the signature lines of the greatest athletes in other sports, the Jeter Throwback continues with Jeter specific detailing such as the “DJ2” home plate logo on the tongue. On the heel, a baseball logo is placed, again with Derek’s number 2 placed inside. Also included are elements from the Air Jordan 6, Air Jordan 9, and Air Jordan 11, all styles that made the transition from the hardwood to the baseball diamond in exclusive colorways specially made for Jeter. All in all, nine shoes from Jeter’s footwear career are used to create the appropriately named Jordan Jeter Throwback.

You can check out the Sole Collector website for more information and detailed photos.

Available Now: Jordan Jeter Throwback