After a season in which Anthony Rizzo won Platinum Glove Award, Rizzo is using the same exact glove that won him the top fielding award in the National League (with one key addition).
This post serves as a guide to Anthony Rizzo’s glove, including a discussion of what exactly his glove is, a look at his dope colorway with platinum labels, and other pertinent information about his glove.
What is Anthony Rizzo’s glove?
Anthony Rizzo’s glove is a Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSCMHCBBRM, a pattern made famous by Mark McGwire and has since been used by only Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, and currently Anthony Rizzo.
Characterized by its 12.75” length and double horizontal bar x-laced web, the pattern on Rizzo’s mitt has a deep pocket and enough length to allow Rizzo to pick everything that comes his way over at first base.
One other note about the PROSCMHCBBRM pattern is that it features a single hinge break-in, meaning it closes along the pinky hinge for a thumb-to-middle finger close (if you can imagine that on a first base mitt).
The Colorway was simple – until the addition of one flashy Feature
Although the base of the colorway on Anthony Rizzo’s glove is the same as past years, the addition of one key feature transitioned it from a rather simple design to a flashier one.
Rizzo’s Cubs-themed black leather, blue-laced design was always considered a sweet design, but the infusion of platinum labels took this glove to another level of awesomeness.
Reserved solely for winners of the prestigious Platinum glove award, these platinum labels add a ton of flash to what was once considered a simple design. The look of the shiny platinum on black leather is a glorious design.
But surprisingly enough, Rizzo is only the third player of a total of eight recipients to use the “plats” in a game. Francisco Lindor and Manny Machado are the others to have gamed platinum-labeled gloves in the past.
Rizzo uses Mesh to give him more control at 1B
Anthony Rizzo chooses to entrust the Pro Preferred line’s Kip leather to allow him to make plays in the field, but he also endows a synthetic material with the responsibility of helping him catch every throw: mesh.
Mesh is a material that, when used on a glove, gives said mitt a lighter weight over its all-leather counterpart. Mesh is strategically placed on the back of a glove to allow the user of said glove to control it much easier.
Anthony Rizzo is one of few first basemen to use the synthetic material on his glove, but its effects seemed to work in propelling Rizzo to winning the MLB’s highest fielding award.
Anthony Rizzo’s glove is available as a Stock Glove
Even before Anthony Rizzo won the Platinum glove award, Rawlings made a smart move in releasing his sweet mitt as a stock glove.
However, it does not have all of the features that his game glove has. Although Anthony Rizzo’s game glove has features such as mesh and platinum labels, those who buy his stock glove are not treated to the same goodies.
Despite this, the stock all-leather, red-labeled Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSCMHCBBR is a top option for a first basemen looking for a longer mitt that combines good looks with high quality and durable materials.