Category: Rawlings Baseball Gloves (page 1 of 4)

Christian Yelich’s Glove: Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO3039-6C

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Christian Yelich’s rise to the top of the MLB was very gradual, but one thing that he always had was a strong glove in the outfield. He won an MVP in 2018, but a Gold Glove all the way back in 2014.

This season he’s been using a camel and black Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO3039-6C. It’s a pretty simple glove that looks great on any team, especially with the Gold Labels.

And while you can’t get his exact glove as a stock glove (especially with the gold labels), you can get similar 12.75″ Heart of the Hide 3039 pattern glove here.

The Rawlings Horween Collection

A while back Rawlings discontinued the use of Horween leather on their stock mitts. And while they have yet to have more than a limited comeback , more and more Horween gloves are available today than in the past few years.

This post will serve as the complete guide to any Rawlings Horween gloves that hit the marketplace. Releases may be few and far between, but this post will remained updated throughout the years.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO6HF-1HT

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO6HF-1HT

It’s been a while since the Cal Ripken model has been on the market. It’s 12″, has a single post, a Fastback shell, and of course, Horween leather.

And while it’s not the greatest mitt on use on the diamond anymore, it’s the perfect glove for collectors who wish to have a glove that you probably won’t ever see used in the MLB again.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRODJ2HT

Not the greatest image above, but this glove doesn’t need a big introduction. 11.5″. Basket Web. Derek Jeter’s game model in tan Horween leather.

Again, not the greatest glove to use in the field today, but it’s definitely an awesome mitt for the collection.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO204-2HT

Now this is a definite gamer. 11.5″ I-web. Hand Sewn Welting. And, of course, Horween leather. If you’re a middle infielder looking for a top notch game glove, this is certainly it.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRODCTHT

Another super classic mitt. The DCT is a 13″ pattern and widely considered one of the best patterns for first base. This glove will be an absolute tank over at first.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205-4HT

The PRO205-4HT is a sweet mitt for dual pitchers/middle infielders. At 11.75″ with a modified trapeze web and tan Horween leather, it will certainly be a gamer for many seasons.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PROCM33HT

Another tank of a mitt, this time for behind the dish. At 33″ with the Horween leather, the PROCM33HT is a top notch game glove for any catcher looking for a high quality mitt for behind the plate.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PROTB24HT

The TB24 is the Ken Griffey pattern, which is a 12.75″ pattern with a Fastback shell and trapeze web. This mitt is perfect for outfielders who’ve used a trapeze mitt before and need a new gamer.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO5048-6HT

While not a great baseball mitt, the 12.5″ PRO5048-6HT is perfect for slowpitch softball players. While the 504 is a funky pattern, it perfectly corrals a softball in both the infield and outfield.

Nolan Arenado’s Glove: Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO12-6TI

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Nolan Arenado is simply one of the best two-way players in the MLB today. And while his bat has been doing most of the talking in recent years, you can’t ignore the fact that he’s won six straight Gold Glove awards at the hot corner. Yes, six.

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He racked all of these up with pretty much the same glove model, a Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO12-6TI, with the only change being the addition of Gold Labels after his first few seasons.

His PRO12-6TI is a 12″ mitt with an H-web in the beautiful Timberglaze color, and and it’s pretty much the perfect mitt for the hot corner, and not only because Arenado uses it.

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But despite this fact, Nolan Arenado’s glove model is not available. It actually was once available as a Rawlings Glove Club model a few years back, but never found its way into the yearly glove line.

However, the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO206-6JTB is a top-notch substitute for Arenado’s mitt. It has the same 12″, H-web pattern as his glove with the only difference being in colorway.

Mike Trout’s Glove: Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSMT27 (2019)

Mike Trout is one of the best players baseball has ever seen, and while his bat is a large reason for this distinction, he’s also more than handled his own in center field. And he’s done all of this in the past few reasons with his Rawlings Pro Preferred MT27 mitt:

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The MT27 is the Mike Trout game model glove Rawlings released last year. It’s a 12.75″ outfield mitt with a trapeze web, black colorway with red accents, and Fastback design. It’s quite a unique mitt, as few outfielders use the trapeze in the MLB anymore.

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And if you want to dominate the outfield like Mike Trout does, you can get his exact glove for yourself at Just Ball Gloves. Just be aware that it won’t feel like your typical H-web outfield mitt, instead playing a bit narrower and shallower out of the box.

Bryce Harper posts Photos of his New Gloves for 2018, and They’re Absolutely Stunning

As the clock ticks closer to the beginning of spring training, star Washington Nationals Outfielder Bryce Harper released photos of his new Rawlings gloves for the 2018 season.

The trio of gloves, which were posted on Harper’s Instagram, were part of an official collaboration with one of the largest baseball glove influencers on Instagram, @supremegloves.

Bryce Harper’s new gloves, much like many of the other stunners created by @supremegloves, feature bright and vibrant designs that quickly captivate one’s attention.

Included in Harper’s newest additions are the following:

  • A black and gold Heart of the Hide PROHARP34 with Carbon Fiber Back Shell,
  • An all-white Heart of the Hide PROHARP34 with Gold Finger Tips and Red Accents, and
  • A black, red and gold Heart of the Hide PROHARP34 with Carbon Fiber Ring Finger.

Bryce Harper's Gloves for 2018

“Unique and Intriguing MAterials”

As if his former vivid colorways are not attractive enough to the Nationals outfielder, Harper’s gloves also utilize features never seen before on Rawlings gloves, professional ranks or not.

One glove, the all-white model, features an Adidas “Yeezy”-themed ring finger strip, called Zebraknit, which stems from @supremegloves’ fondness for the attractive Adidas sneakers.

The other two gloves feature a carbon fiber material, one glove on its entire back and the other on its ring finger, that add to the aesthetic pleasure and unique nature of the gloves.

Other notable, yet not necessarily new, features include Hand Sewn Welting, a proprietary thumb and pinky welting technology used on each glove, and Full Mesh, a lightweight synthetic material.

While the flashy colors are nothing new for Bryce Harper, many of the aforementioned materials are new to both the PROHARP34 line and even the entire Rawlings lineup.

Bryce Harper's Gloves for 2018

Harper-Themed Embroideries

Ever since Bryce Harper’s first publicly-released game model featured the distinct “BH” palm stamping, the star outfielder has expanded upon this initials-based logo on his newest gloves.

In addition to the BH palm stamping on each glove, two of the mitts also feature a unique “BH” and “34” logo, which incorporates both his number and initials into a singular embroidery.

Other embroideries include the traditional “Harper” on the thumb and index finger of multiple gloves, and “Vegas Strong,” based on his hometown, on the thumb of another.

Bryce Harper's Gloves for 2018

“Three Truly Stunning Gloves”

While their appeal is immense, it is unknown if any of the gloves or their distinct features will hit the market this year, or even if Harper will use any of the gloves in the upcoming season.

Last year, Harper also ordered and received a trio of rather unique gloves with distinct “BH”-webs and less flashy colorways, but sparsely used the models throughout the 2017 season.

Instead, he reverted to a model he created a few years earlier for the majority of games: a rather straightforward blonde, black and red Rawlings Heart of the Hide PROHARP34.

Despite these uncertainties, one thing is undeniable: Bryce Harper, Rawlings and @supremegloves created three overwhelmingly stunning gloves that everyone wants for the outfield.

Would you sport any of Bryce Harper’s Gloves, and which ones?

Zack Greinke’s Glove: Rawlings Gold Glove RGG1200

Zack Greinke takes the hill tonight in the Wild Card Game bout against the Colorado Rockies, and he will do it with his trusty Rawlings Gold Glove Collection RGG1200 with the following specifications:

The Bottom Line: Although it gives the impression of simplicity, the spattering of gold throughout Zack Greinke’s Glove makes it one of the cooler gloves we have seen on the bump thus far.Zack Greinke's Glove: Rawlings Gold Glove RGG1200Zack Greinke's Glove: Rawlings Gold Glove RGG1200

More Information about Zack Greinke’s Glove:

  1. What is Opti-Core?: Opti-Core is a technology that incorporates multiple layers of “pre-curved” padding underneath the palm to create both a distinct shape and squeeze. Although it does feel odd at first, the Opti-Core technology is helpful in shaping the glove.
  2. More on the Gold Glove Collection: This line, which retails at $500, features otherworldly good leather and an extremely plush liner. In addition, it is only crafted by one person – meaning each glove comes with a unique feel and impeccable craftsmanship.
  3. More on Metallic Gold: My guess is that Greinke takes extremely good care of his glove, as Metallic Gold (especially on the welting) is known to fade fairly fast. However, it does look amazing in both person and in pictures when new.
  4. How to Buy: Although you can not buy the exact model that the Diamondbacks’ ace uses, there are two newer versions available: an 11.75″ two-piece model (Buy Now) and a 12″ modified trapeze model (Buy Now).

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Francisco Lindor’s Glove: Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSFL12 with Platinum Labels

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Francisco Lindor is the best two-way shortstop in the MLB right now, and he’s been defending at a high level with his Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSFL12.

It’s an 11.75″ glove in black and red with Platinum labels, earned from Lindor’s Platinum Glove award from 2016. Rawlings created a stock model of his glove, of course without the Platinum labels.

Lindor’s game model is $359.99 and one of the best gloves for shortstops on the market. You can buy the stock Rawlings Pr Preferred PROSFL12 here.

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Pepsi x Francisco Lindor Rawlings Pro Preferred PRO205-2KB

The demand for more colorful gloves consistently increases yearly, and glove companies have responded accordingly by steadily increasing the vibrancy of their mitts. However, the collective number of truly great-looking gloves has largely remained the same, maintaining the unicorn status of hyper-flashy gloves like the Pepsi x Francisco Lindor Rawlings Pro Preferred PRO205-2KB.

Pepsi x Francisco Lindor Rawlings Pro Preferred PRO205-2KB

Gold anyone? Good, because this glove has a TON of it

It is no secret that Francisco Lindor, whether he likes it or loves it, is one of the leading pioneers in the coup to replace old-school classic-looking baseball gear with new-age flashier equipment. Therefore, it is not surprising that a glove supposedly designed by Lindor is one of the showiest gloves ever.

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The Pepsi x Francisco Lindor Rawlings Pro Preferred PRO205-2KB copies the foundation of Lindor’s game glove – black base with red lacing – and builds upon it with a slew of metallic gold-colored parts to make an overall loud design. Specifically, you will find gold on the glove’s welting/binding, palm stamping, and web (not available on the custom builder) in addition to the subtle gold thumb and web labels.

Pepsi x Francisco Lindor Rawlings Pro Preferred PRO205-2KB

The Pattern is identical to the one Lindor uses

You may already be familiar with Francisco Lindor’s collection of gloves and the fact that they are all 11.75” Rawlings Pro Preferred PRO205-2KB models. Therefore, it is beyond fitting that the Pepsi x Francisco Lindor Rawlings Pro Preferred PRO205-2KB, which is (again, supposedly) designed by Lindor, is in his favorite pattern/web combination.

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With his current set of gloves and the pattern of each, Lindor is once again leading a new movement: this time involving the ousting of the traditional 11.5” shortstop glove in favor of a longer 11.75” mitt. Part of this is due to the reality that shortstops are taller and stronger than ever before, but the idea of a longer glove with similar depth makes a lot of sense and seems appealing.

Pepsi x Francisco Lindor Rawlings Pro Preferred PRO205-2KB

Recommendation

Before we get into a recommendation for this glove, we might as well mention one more tidbit of information you may want to know before considering purchasing this mitt: it costs $500. The reason: it is not sold at Rawlings.com or any of its affiliates, but instead at the self-described “fashion company” ‘XHIBITION.’ This is still a trusted retailer from what I have heard, but it does post outrageous prices for the few exclusive gloves they release.

All of this considered, the Pepsi x Francisco Lindor Rawlings Pro Preferred PRO205-2KB is an excellent option for shortstops or third basemen looking for one of the flashiest gloves that money
(even a large amount like this) can buy.

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