Joe Mauer is Minnesota’s Golden Boy. Born and raised in St. Paul, Mauer was a three-sport star in high school. Like something of a fairytale, his boyhood team, the Minnesota Twins, drafted him number one overall in 2001. Mauer has done his hometown proud, becoming the ONLY catcher in Major League history to win three batting titles (’06, ’08, ’09). Mauer’s swing is utterly flawless, and if it wasn’t beautiful enough on its own, Joe’s batting gloves and cleats are just as sharp.
Mauer, as many of the stars do, wears player exclusive colorways that us ordinary people can’t get our hands on. The Nike Air Max Diamond Elite Fly cleats Mauer wears have Twins colors and he’s got a special pair for both home and away games. The ones below are his home colorway.
To match those cleats, he wears a player exclusive version of the Nike Diamond Elite Pro batting gloves you see above. The home version is not available, but we did find a “player exclusive” pair on Eastbay that, even though he hasn’t been seen in them recently, are an awesome pair of gloves. They even have the #7 on the wrist.
His away colors are an inverse of the home colors—-grey, blue, and red. You can see them below.
The away gloves ARE available online at several retailers.
UPDATE (3.15.12): Added Mauer’s bat. He swings a Rawlings JM7 Ash which is available at many different retailers.
UPDATE (4.18.12): After getting some feedback from Damon Burkel (@dburkel30), we checked in on Mauer’s batting gloves, and he is now wearing the player exclusives we had already linked to below. This is exciting, because they are available, and they are VERY sharp.
Here are the links:
Nike Diamond Elite Pro Batting Gloves (Joe’s aways are pewter/navy)
Nike Diamond Elite Pro Batting Gloves (Mauer’s PE version,
although not what he wears now, are Grey/Navy/Red) **These are the gloves he was wearing on 4.18.12**
Next up: Mauer in the field!