Gemini Keez threw up a fresh batch of swag from a recent Reds/Mets tilt. Aside from the gorgeous photography, we keyed in on the crazy-looking Wilson item that looks like a A2K Datdude that got run over by a truck.
You might already have assumed that this was a practice item, and you’d be right. WPW asked Wilson Product Manager and Designer Ryan Smith what exactly Phillips uses this for. This is what he had to say:
(It) is a paddle for infield training. It is used to help develop quick hands and a quick transfer. Aso makes one for him every year to try and match his game glove.
We asked whether something like this was available, but this is a one-of-a-kind, even without all the fancy leather. Wilson does not make paddle trainers (aka pancake trainers).
Fortunately, we did find a few alternatives:
- SKLZ Softhands Fielding Trainer – $11.89
- Diamond Inf-Trainer – $30.69
- Mizuno Classic Training Glove – $39.95
You can find some other alternatives from under $10 all the way up to Spalding’s premium leather trainers at $149.99.