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The Gold Gloves of 2013: Every Player, Every Model (NL)

Source: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America

Source: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America

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.

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Adam Wainwright – Mizuno Pro Limited

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Source: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images North America

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

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Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America

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.

Paul Goldschmidt – Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRODCTDC

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Source: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images North America

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Brandon PhillipsWilson A2K 1786 “Casper”

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Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America

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.

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Here’s a couple ridiculous gifs for ya:

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(Phillips is wearing his 2014 Wilson model in the gif above)

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Nolan Arenado – Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO12-6Ti

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Source: Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images North America

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:

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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

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Source: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images North America

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

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Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America

Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America

Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America

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)

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Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America

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.

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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

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Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

(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.

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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!

9 Responses

  1. Buddy Po

    I know that Cargo is currently wearing a white custom Nike glove, but just for fun, the web of his glove is a Roman Numeral five, which is the jersey number that he wears.

    1. Hey Mitch, who is your source? My source is the Rawlings Pro Department. Here were his glove orders for 2013. He did not order a PRO200-2SC

      ANDRELTON SIMMONS: 5 gloves in 2013

      In Feb PROS12ICPR
      Primo leather on back/palm and web
      Camel laces
      “God Given” embroidered in beige thread, script style

      In Mar PROS15ICMO
      Pro-preferred leather. Mocha back/palm and web (PRO-I web)
      Dark navy laces
      “Andrelton Simmons” embroidered in Dark Navy thread, script style

      In Jun PROS12ICPR
      HOH leather, primo back/palm and web (PRO-I)
      Camel laces
      “God Given” in camel thread, script style

      In Aug he ordered two
      another PROS12ICPR just like the June one
      and another PROS15ICMO just like the March one except it was embroidered with “God Given” in camel thread

      1. Chris

        cargo’s glove is a nike prototype to try and make gloves using hyperfuse technology, look it up, its made of the same things as the hyperfuse shoe, i cant explain the material.

        1. we were the ones who first reported on that glove. other articles about it online are based on our initial post about it. we were asked to take it down but will have more info soon on it.

  2. michael

    the andrelton simmons glove in the photo and the one i saw him play with is definitely not a primo but doesnt mean he didnt order one just didnt play with it.

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