Josh Donaldson, a long-time Rawlings guy, was photographed by WPW wearing a Mizuno Pro Limited glove today. As we understand it, Donaldson has left Rawlings for good, and though we can’t yet confirm he’s going to be rocking a Mizuno glove in 2018 game action, it appears Mizuno is at least a candidate.
Donaldson, like other star 3Bs Adrian Beltre and Manny Machado, wore a PRONP5 with Rawlings, and Donaldson was definitely a big fan of Rawlings gloves (he told us). There are a number of reasons he could have changed, but it probably wasn’t a quality issue. With that said, Mizuno is as good as anyone, even Rawlings, so this is not a step back in quality, either.
Donaldson’s glove has the same web as Jose Iglesias’ Mizuno, but he may have a bit more length, since he wore an 11 3/4″ with Rawlings. This glove might be most similar to the Mizuno GMP600, available here in chestnut and here in black.
We also saw a Marucci glove with Donaldson’s name on it. Our belief is that Mizuno will be the gamer, but we’ll update you when we get more details.