It’s never too early to prepare for on-field success. Before the coach calls your name out of the dugout, get geared up with the latest equipment.
Choosing the proper bat could be the difference between grounding out and smashing a base hit. Manufacturers work within BBCOR limits to strike the ideal mix of speed and power.
Shifting the balance point creates a whipping action that builds from the handle and helps get the barrel through the hitting zone.
Easton remains the market leader. Its Mako three-piece model packs the most technology, and the award-winning S1 series is among the top-sellers in history.
Rapidly rising in popularity is DeMarini. Its VooDoo Overlord features an enhanced “D-Fusion” two-piece handle that drastically defuses vibrations during impact, allowing batters to be more aggressive at the plate.
Flash the leather in the field with eye-popping colors. No longer are you stuck with tan or black, as vibrant hues are now commonplace.
If stock models aren’t for you, choose the design of your liking by customizing via Team Express, personalizing the palm, web, laces and stitching. Select a player signature model and make it your own.
A new Wilson A1K series replicates the high quality from its renowned A2000 family, but at a lower pricepoint. Rawlings created a new premier Gold Glove collection, with high-end materials, for those with a larger budget.
Franklin will celebrate the 2013 World Series hero with two styles of a limited edition “Big Papi” glove, replicating the designs worn during last year’s record-setting postseason run. A Stars & Stripes edition from Easton will also be available.
Several manufacturers will unveil their top models in a digital camouflage colorway. That style has become overwhelming popular in the big leagues.
Safety equipment is getting a full fashion makeover.
Under Armour has new eye-catching batting helmets offered in Digi-Camo, Carbon Tech and a chrome series, sure to be the most popular design of the season.
Protective gear sales have spiked, resulting in injury prevention or reduction through proper equipment. EvoShield continues to pioneer high-tech and stylish safety accessories. Protective pads for wrists, elbows, arms and legs are more widely worn than ever with new designs promoting free movement.
In recent years, New Balance has become a leading player as the fastest-growing baseball footwear brand. Its signature 4040 family sports a new Dustin Pedroia version in the player’s signature camo print. With options for every preferred traction, the v2 series is expected to be the top-selling shoe in 2014.
You likely noticed Under Armour’s high ankle Spine cleats worn by Bryce Harper as he trots around the bases. The form-fitting construction delivers a snug feel for extra stability and promotes explosive speed.
Footwear continues shed weight. Setting the bar is the adidas Adizero, which is stunningly light weight at 9.3 oz, yet durable through a supportive SPRINTFRAME.