As you can see from the feature, the cleats Hanley is wearing are different than the black/white version above his head. Here’s a better view of his actual colorway…
Although you can’t get Hanley’s style, the New Balance 4040 model cleats are on the top of WPW’s list of favorites. They straight-up LOOK fast. New Balance, as one of the premiere running footwear brands, is no stranger to speed. The 4040 model is built like a running shoe and the pros, especially Hanley, seem to really love them…
Call me a believer.
Hanley, though slightly out of character based on his mostly colorful equipment choices, has kept it simple with the Franklin Pro Classic batting gloves. We’d say there’s something to those Franklin gloves, considering Jose Bautista wore them last year and Chase Utley, too.
As we’ve mentioned in the past, the Pro Classics are very hard to find, though the new Neo Classics are very much available online.
Our research for Hanley’s bat brought some pretty interesting stuff. In the past he’s swung a 34/31 Louisville Slugger S318 ash (according to the photo below).
However, based on what we saw Opening Night, Hanley is swinging an M9 (maple) in 2012. We couldn’t make out exactly what model, though we’d guess its the same S318 that Dustin Pedroia uses (though we know it is all black). The bad news is I wasn’t 100% sure on the model Hanley had, so I didn’t want to show you all the wrong information. The GREAT news, though, is that a guy named Chris Bloxom made a film about the life of the EXACT bat that Hanley used on Opening Night! You can check out the awesome preview below, but make sure to SET YOUR DVRs—we sure did. After we check that out we will make sure to update this so you all get the right information.
***THE UPDATE CAME SOONER THAN WE THOUGHT! (4/6/12)*** We were just posting this on Hanley’s Facebook when we realized that the complete “Reincarnation of a Bat” video had just been posted on his page about an hour ago! Check it out—its absolutely awesome.
Despite how great the video is, it didn’t actually give us any definitive evidence as to what Hanley is using this year like we hoped for. The below screenshot clearly shows Hanley holding a model “H2R” bat that we’ve never heard of before, and it doesn’t match the M9 we definitely saw him with in the game against the Cardinals.
Since this bat wasn’t what he was swinging in the game, we’ll just leave the links we already have for the S318 below.
There are a few Hanley highlight reels on Youtube, but Mac Miller and J. Cole made the most sense for Hanley’s background music…
Here are the links:
New Balance 4040 Cleats (Not Hanley’s exact colorway, but there are plenty of sharp-looking cleats to choose from)
New Balance 4040 Cleats (Youth)
Franklin Neo Classic (since Hanley’s Pro Classics are so hard to find we added these—this search also shows the Neo II’s)
Louisville Slugger S318 Ash (this is last year’s model, but we will update as soon as we know for sure what Hanley’s swinging in 2012)
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