While incredible defense plays are replayed and applauded in every MLB game, the gloves rarely get the attention they deserve. Gloves are essentially inanimate objects that are controlled by players. However, have you ever stopped to wonder about the brand of leather that is responsible for those unbelievable defensive masterpieces?
Well, you don’t have to wonder any longer. We tracked down the best baseball gloves in 2018 which are also used by some of the best players in the Major Baseball League.
All-Star is an extremely popular option for catchers, and the brand isn’t limited to just mitts either. The brand’s leg guards and chest protectors are also frequently used. In 2017, Martin Maldonado wore an All-Star CM3000 when he won the Gold Glove. He managed to post a .998 while throwing out 38.7% of base stealers. The brand advertisers the All-Star CM3000 with a Japanese tanned steer hide. Jonathan Lucroy, the two-time All-Star champ, has a similar mitt, and Russel Martin, Salvador Perez, and Gary Sanchez have all used this brand in their careers.
Nike emphasises gear for catchers as they are the players that spend the most time in front of the cameras during a match. Apart from shrewd marketing, Nike boasts with a couple of top players that wear their gloves. Craig Kimbrel from the Boston Red Sox, Noah Syndergaard from the New York Mets, and Johnny Cueto from the San Francisco Giants all wear leather from Nike’s Sha/Do series.
Chris Sale has been relying on Mizuno throughout his baseball career, and the star for the Boston Red Sox has celebrated a total of 6 All-Star appearances. The Pro Series is undoubtedly the most popular line and Tucker Barnhart, Andrelton Simmons, Didi Gregorius, and Corey Kluber all sports one. Barnhart earned his Golden Glove in 2017 and Simmons on the Golden Glove a total of three times in his career.
Wilson boasts with a pair of extremely renowned lines in A2K and A2000. Although there’s a difference, multiple players use them both. MLB’s best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, headlines an impressive collection of Wilson-wearers. This includes Ender Inciarte, Mookie Betts, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Miguel Cabrera. Wilson uses the highest quality of leather possible in their A2K series. You will also see players like Dansby Swanson, Justin Turner, Evan Longoria, and Jose Abreu wear Wilson gloves during each match.
Rawlings is another brand that is widely used in baseball and boast with multiple gloves series. The first of which is the Pro Preferred which is supported by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs along with Dallas Keuchel, Joey Votto, Francisco Lindor, and Aaron Judge. Several players state that the Pro Preferred series take a while to break in, but it’s far more durable than the Heart of the Hide from Rawlings. Most of the top catchers in MLB, including Buster Posey, Yadier Molina, and Sanchez use HOH.