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What Pros Wear: Nelson Cruz (Glove, Sunglasses)

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Nelson Cruz’ TPX glove proved impossible to find.

Nelson Cruz is another guy far more recognized for his power than his glove.  Like, Giancarlo Stanton, though, Cruz plays a pretty good Right Field and has a rocket launcher for an arm.  Don’t believe me?  See for yourself.  That throw is one of the more clutch throws you’ll see and Cruz is currently tied for the 2012 league lead in Outfield Assists with 6 (Jose Bautista, Jeff Francouer).

Finding Cruz’ glove turned out to be a real bummer.  TPX doesn’t make anything like the one you see above (which is photoshopped right off Cruz’ hand), which looks like a standard black H-Web.  TPX makes a decent looking glove they named the “Pro Flare” series which looks like it might be similar in quality to Nelson Cruz’ leather.

Old school photo of Cruz in the minors with the TPX glove he still uses today. Photo by Brent.

Nelson Cruz’ sunglasses are a pretty slick-looking pair of the Oakley Fast Jacket, with the following custom choices:

  • Frame: Silver
  • Lens: G30 Iridium Polarzed
  • Lens: Black Iridium
  • Icon: Chrome
  • Earsock: Black

The only problem with the Oakley Custom Builder is that it doesn’t seem to allow you to select that black accent under the “O” icon.  If I’m not mistaken, that little piece allows you to switch out the lens.  Regardless, that piece on Cruz’ glasses is chrome and it didn’t allow me to change it when I was building it.

Cruz’ Oakley Fast Jacket sunglasses. Screen from MLB.tv.

Here are the links:

TPX Pro Flare Gloves (again, this is not Cruz’ glove—there’s really nothing like it on the market, but this Pro Flare style looks like a good quality glove and the most similar to what Cruz plays with in the field)

Oakley Fast Jacket (see the components above to get close to Cruz’ style—though you won’t be able to change that black accent next to the lens)

Oakley Fast Jacket (if you want to check out other colorways for this style—the polished white/clear black photochromic look A LOT like Cruz’ but I’m about 95% certain his frames are silver)

Note: This post was pretty annoying because I did a ton of research for no significant gain (couldn’t find his glove), and I know there’s not a ton of people out there interested in Cruz’ glove/sunglasses (probably way more interested in his batting stuff), but I want to stay consistent and do everybody completely before moving on to anyone else.  So bear with me.  I’m going to try to get rookie stud Mike Trout up tomorrow.

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