New year means new swag. COVID is still making life in general a challenge but the guys playing on big league diamonds are showing out nonetheless. Here are some of our Spring Training sightings so far.
Rawlings has been teasing their revolutionary Rev1x synthetic backed glove for what feels like an eternity. They took it up a notch this spring though. They have a ton of big names going wild with this glove, treating the synthetic shell as a blank canvas.
My personal favorite is this red, white, and blue outfield piece that belongs to none other than Bryce Harper. The green Philly Phanatic accents push this color combo over the top.
Early adopter of the Rev1x Revolution, Francisco Lindor, has a kaleidoscope of different colored Rev1x’s. This offering has every color in the rainbow, and then some, along with a unique laced single post and those platinum labels.
We mentioned in an earlier post that Bo Bichette made the switch to Rawlings and we were hoping to see him have some fun with the Rev1x. Bichette did not disappoint. the pixelated red and blue wrist pair beautifully with a grey leather base.
The Rev1x isn’t available to us commoners yet, but if you want to stay up to date you can sign up for to receive news through Rawlings.
Trevor Story’s Cleat Game Strong
With the departure of Nolan Arenado to STL, Trevor Story is THE MAN in Denver. Widely considered one of the best shortstops in the game, Trev also has some of the best style in the game.
Story has never been afraid to stand out and these white and purple spikes make that abundantly clear. These Nike Alpha Huarache Elite 3 spikes pop with a white base and the floral print was a risk well-taken.
Story is still going to stand out when the Rox are on the road. Another pair of Nike Alpha Huarache Elite 3’s with a grey base, while the lilac accents and spotted look makes these almost as loud as his home whites.
Our favorite alternate pair of cleats for Story in 2021 have to be these crazy purple Nike Alpha Huarache Elite 2’s (which are very hard to find now) with a white elephant print. These scream “look at me” in the best possible way.
Here they are in action back in 2019. Still hot.
Vlad Jr. to Jumpman
Every offseason, there are a handful of big name players who switch up the brands they use on the field. We have already highlighted a few guys that switched up leather but we just got the official word from Big Bad Vlad Jr. He is now a member of Team Jordan.
People have been enamored by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s tape measure shots. This second generation phenom has the tools to hit like his daddy – a terrifying thought for opposing pitchers, and a great marketing opportunity for brand Jordan.
Vlad is appearing this spring drenched in Jumpman. Cleats, batting gloves, and even added the arm band for good measure. The spikes Vlad Jr. is wearing here look to be the Jordan Retro 10 metal spikes, available at Eastbay for $120.
100% Shades continue to grow
Sunglasses have always added that extra bit of swag to a ballplayer. This used to mean flip up shades which became the OG Oakley M Frame and is now being represented by 100% Vision.
Baseball players continue to flock to the massive shield-like lenses that 100% provides, and Oakley wouldn’t admit it but they’re biting the look with their Sutro model. Ronald Acuna Jr. is back with a fresh cut and a new pair of 100% Speedcraft shades (Baseball Express, $195).
The new $330 million man, Fernando Tatis elects for the slightly larger offering from 100%, the S3, which provide a larger lens than the previously mentioned Speedcraft.
Bo Bichette makes another appearance for his shades. This is a good shot of his Rev1x we talked about earlier, but it also highlights his 100% Hypercraft sunglasses ($175-$195, Amazon). 100% says these are “lighter, stronger, and more dynamic than any performance shield on the market.”
2020 World Series Champs back and better than ever
The Dodgers took home the trophy in a shortened season last year. They added a Cy Young winner, Trevor Bauer, in an attempt to lock up back to back titles, a feat not accomplished since the Yankees dynasty of the late 1990s.
2020 Cy Trevor Bauer landed a whopping, some would say overpaid contract this offseason. Bauer brings more personality to LA with his red Nike SHA DO leather and some Nike Alpha Huarache Elite 3 low spikes, available for $90 at Dick’s.
In this amazing video, Mookie Betts is shagging flies with an infield clone of his 2021 Wilson A2K MB50. You can pick up his 12.5″ gamer for $380 from Wilson.com. Belli is back with his black suede gamer with that splash of gold. While Cody Bellinger‘s game glove is a PRO442 pattern, that one is harder to find than this custom Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO3039, available through the customizer for $380
First ballot Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw finally got his ring in 2020 but some things never change. Clayton has been using this glove for years now, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Dicks Sporting Goods offers his simple all black Wilson A2000 CK22, without the finger hood, for $280 through their website.
For something new, Kershaw broke out the SKECHERS batting gloves! What the… Don’t hold your breath for these to release.
Walker Buehler has moved on from his unbelievably sexy Huarache Elite 2 PEs, and now he’s on to the 3s. According to Nike’s design team, Buehler designed these off the Dunk Low Retro “Samba” (StockX).
Buehler’s glove, another WPW favorite, got a little upgrade in 2021, too. It looks like the long and lean bulldog has added red stitching to the web—another savvy choice. In case you missed it, here’s our Locker Tour with Buehler last year: