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Category: <span>Catcher’s Corner</span>

What follows is a summary of our research on MLB starting catchers for the 2018 season.  In case you missed them, here are our reports on gloves, bats, and cleats.  Through observation, our research looks at the helmets and face masks, chest protectors, shin guards, and catcher’s mitts worn by […]

In continuing our MLB report for 2017, lets take a look at catcher’s gear usage by the 30 best catchers on the planet right now, that is, the starters in the MLB. Catcher’s Gear (Chest Protector, Leg Guards, Helmet) Although Nike has been quiet in the glove game, the Swoosh makes […]

How can you not like 8-Time Gold Glove Winner Yadier Molina’s glove? Yadi has won so many Gold Gloves because of all-time great skill, but his glove is certainly part of his great success behind the dish. The classic black look with mesh is not exactly flashy, but the gold labels make the statement […]

Rawlings shared a video today of Salvador Perez‘ All-Star chest protector, exclusive to Salvy but very similar to the Velo gear available here. Along with the chest protector, WPW also got an exclusive look at the leg guards that Salvy may (or may not) wear for the game: Look for […]

After photographing Brian McCann’s Under Armour glove at a game back in May, we came across some very intriguing images of some Under Armour catcher’s mitts.  We asked around and were told that they could release in 2017.  We were wrong, at least partially, as a couple of them showed up recently […]

By Vic Chu With the current postseason underway, it is only fitting that my next review of catcher’s gear be that of the Rawlings Pro Preferred Series Matte Catcher’s Set, worn by Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals (Russell Martin of the Toronto Blue Jays had worn the same […]

By Vic Chu Recently, I tested products from Unequal Technologies Co. for use in my adult wood bat league. According to their website, they use a “patented military-grade composite made of these ingredients: multi-layer polypropylene polymer; elastomeric sealed Kevlar®; high density PVC foam; and low density polyurethane padding.” Their patented […]

It was an interesting year with lots of changes and oddities. The front brim skull cap made plenty of appearances and catchers really started to switch masks because of concussions. Like in football, things are starting to change. People are becoming more aware of the back swings to the head […]

Source Another day, another catcher makes a concussion-related switch. Only this time, the switch was made because of the threat of a concussion, not because of an actual one. Travis d’Arnaud switched from an Under Armour Traditional mask to a hockey-style mask as a preventative measure for head injuries. He wanted more coverage […]

Source In another concussion related incident Yorvit Torrealba is borrowing a Wilson Traditional Steel mask from colleague Wilin Rosario as opposed to the titanium Nike Mask he wore prior to the concussion. It turns out the Rockies Head Athletic Trainer Keith Dugger pushed for the switch. I find it interesting that a trainer on a team would […]

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