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WPW Report: Top Batting Gloves Worn by MLB Stars

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BY DANIEL KLEIN

 

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The theories on hitting are endless, but one thing remains the same, the bat is always in the hitters hands. If the hands aren’t feeling great, it’s going to be a struggle at the dish. Batting gloves are an extension of the hands and must provide the comfort and feel that is desired. Every ballplayer wants his gloves to feel fresh and fit tight each and every time they step on the field and we are here to let you know what companies and models are owning the batting glove game in Major League Baseball.

The first pair of true baseball batting gloves was introduced by Franklin Sports in 1983. Since then, Franklin and many other companies have been modifying and innovating the batting glove to create a better feel for the hitters. Companies use different leathers, pads, and straps to try meet all of the requirements for the elite hitters in the league.  Below is an enjoyable video that talks a bit about some top players’ needs:

To help you make your own decisions when it comes to the best batting gloves to pick, we looked at 72 of the top Big League hitters (based on WPW profiles) and what batting gloves they have been using most recently. Obviously this information can change throughout the season with guys switching gloves and companies for various reasons, but you’re not going to find more up-to-date stats on the info for batting gloves in MLB.

Some quick facts:

  • There are eight companies supplying to the Big League hitters we’ve profiled: Cutters, Marucci, Mizuno, Louisville, Jordan, Under Armour, and the two big boppers, Nike and Franklin.
  • Within these companies there are 18 different models that guys are using.
  • About 25% of the guys we looked at stuck with the traditional colors with white at home and grey on the road.
  • The most popular batting glove color is white and almost 30% of big leaguers use white at home and on the road.
  • Just about every player we looked at had some sort of custom colorway from their brand of choice.

Now lets dig a bit deeper into the brands and models that guys are using.

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The top dogs in the batting glove game are without a doubt Nike and Franklin. Franklin has been the official batting glove of MLB since the late ’80’s, but Nike actually has more WPW-profiled guys wearing their gloves. Two-thirds of the guys we’ve profiled use either Nike or Franklin and Nike actually had a slight advantage with 38.9% using their gloves to Franklin’s 27.8% of hitters profiled. Although Nike and Franklin may be the frontrunners, Under Armour (15.3%) is on the rise and Mizuno, Louisville, Jordan (all 4.2%), Marucci, and Cutters all have guys rocking their gloves in the Bigs.

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Above are the top gloves, and below are the top players:

Franklin

Miguel Cabrera: Franklin CFX Pro and Neo Classic II

Dustin Pedroia: Franklin CFX Pro

Hanley Ramirez: Franklin Pro Classic (unavailable)

Hanley's Franklin Pro Classic Batting Glove

Hanley’s Franklin Pro Classic Batting Glove

Nike

Mike Trout: Nike MVP Pro Elite

 Source: Leon Halip/Getty Images North America

Source: Leon Halip/Getty Images North America

Andrew McCutchen: Nike Swingman

Source: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images North America

Source: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images North America

David Wright: Nike Diamond Elite Pro

Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America

Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America

Jordan

Derek Jeter: Jordan Team

Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America

Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America

Jeter's gloves when he got his 3000th hit, a bomb off David Price.

Under Armour

Bryce Harper: Under Armour Yard VII

Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America

Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America

Buster Posey: Under Armour Yard VII

Source: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America

Source: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America

Louisville Slugger

Nelson Cruz: Louisville Series 7

Mizuno

Ichiro: Mizuno Pro

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Source: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images North America

Jose Abreu: Global Elite

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Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America

Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America

Marucci

Jose Bautista: Marucci Elite

Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America

Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America

Cutters

Yoenis Cespedes: Prime Command

Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America

Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America

Barehanded

Wil Myers and Evan Gattis are beasts and they don’t need no stinkin’ batting gloves.

Now that we know what the pros wear, what do you wear?

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