Great season and a great championship team. Papi is a Hall of Famer. When do pitchers and catchers report??
Here’s the second half of our Gold Glove feature, this time starring the National League.
Adam Wainwright – Mizuno Pro Limited
Adam Wainwright wears a custom version of the most expensive glove on the market, the Mizuno Pro Limited. Its a beautiful glove, and you can get a Pro Limited yourself, but not with Wainwright’s custom basket web.
Yadier Molina – Rawlings Heart of the Hide PROSCM41JB
The Molina family is the most accomplished catching family in the history of the game, and the youngest, Yadi, is the best player at that dinner table. The Gold Glove is pretty much an afterthought for Yadi, taking the honor for the sixth consecutive time this year. The mesh back on his Rawlings helps him bring those would-be balls back into the strike zone like only the Molinas can. With Molina’s incredible receiving skills, its no surprise that guys like Michael Wacha and Shelby Miller dominate as soon as they step foot on a Big League mound.
Phillips went back to his old friend Casper this year, his fourth Gold Glove season. This version isn’t available unless you get lucky on eBay or a forum, but I am guessing if you like that one you’ll like his 2014 model, available at the link above.
Here’s a couple ridiculous gifs for ya:
(Phillips is wearing his 2014 Wilson model in the gif above)
Nolan Arenado – Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO12-6Ti
Another bright young defensive star, Arenado is the first rookie to win the Gold Glove at 3B since 1957. In fact, he’s only the third infielder (catchers not included) to snag the honor since it was first awarded in that same year, ’57. He’s an all-around wonder, with range, hands and a howitzer for an arm. The total package in one clip:
Didn’t want to get too highlight heavy in these posts because MLB runs the same 30 second spot on every single video and it is just plain exhausting, but this was on Youtube and is worth sitting through an ad for.
Andrelton Simmons – Rawlings Primo PROS12ICPR
There is so much hype around Andrelton these days. He plays the position beautifully and his leather is the perfect compliment. Readers on this site really seem to respond to the vibrant colors, the Hanleys, the Phillips-type gloves that really pop. And I like them, too. They’re fun and they look great with the matching jersey. To me, though, they all pale in comparison to Andrelton’s dark tan beauty. Its a work of art. Don’t believe me? Ask Norman Rockwell. That glove is an American Icon.
And there’s no better defender to carry the tradition. From everything I have heard and seen, Simmons is a once-in-a-generation type Shortstop. Though I can’t say I’ve seen him play enough to personally back that, I also can’t remember so many knowledgeable baseball people glowing and hyperbol-izing about one guy as they have this season.
Simmons’ PROS12ICPR is made with Primo leather, the top of the line offering from Rawlings. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of good shots of this one out there—however, Rawlings (and a few other manufacturers) gave us their word that they would begin taking photos for us before gloves go out to the players. This is exciting news.
Carlos Gonzalez – Unknown Custom Nike
We know Cargo wears Nike, and we also know that no other manufacturer would make a glove like this. Not only is it difficult to get a good shot of, but its tough to really get a good look at the design without better lighting. The only thing we can really make out is that bizarre web. Looks like Batman’s glove. I hope to have more photos for you guys of this one soon.
Carlos Gomez – Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO303-6JB (Tan laces–Gordon model)
The Gold Glove standard right here. Adam Jones, Alex Gordon, and Gomez all wear the Rawlings PRO303 (H-Web) pattern. Gomez, of the Gold Glove outfielders this year, is my favorite to watch play. He plays as hard as, runs as fast, jumps as high, and throws as hard as anyone in baseball. He’s legit 5-tool. He robbed 5 homers this year and threw out 12 runners, and those were the guys dumb enough to test one of the most explosive arms in the league.
Gomez PRO303 is basic black/black. You can get pretty close to his glove with Alex Gordon’s model at the link above, or Jason Heyward’s model (red laces), here.
Gerardo Parra – Wilson A2000 KP92
(That pic gives me the giggles)
Parra patrols the Arizona desert with a D-Backs inspired custom Wilson A2000 KP92, a glove that you can create for yourself on Wilson’s Custom site (I already did it for you). Wilson sent us some great shots of Parra’s KP92 below. Nice-looking glove.
So that brings the total to 10 Gold Glovers wearing Rawlings leather this year, and Wilson coming in in a distant second with three. Baltimore and Kansas City hold on to a share of the top spot as a team with 3, with the DBacks, Cardinals, and Rockies joining the Sox with two a piece. As far as a favorite glove, I’d say mine is Andrelton’s beauty, but the Wilson KP92 ain’t too shabby either. Which of these is your favorite? Vote below!