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2020 Wilson A2K Pitcher Gloves

The 2020 Wilson Glove Line includes two pitcher’s gloves that will help any hurler defend the mound from hard comebackers. Here is our guide to the 2020 Wilson A2K Pitcher Gloves:

2020 Wilson A2K B2

The B2 is a 12″ mitt with a 2-Piece Web and medium-depth pocket. It’s one of our favorite mitts for the mound and an overall solid mitt to don. Get it here.

2020 Wilson A2K D33

The D33 is an 11.75″ mitt with a wide and deep pocket, and is honestly a pretty funky pattern. We don’t recommend it over the B2, and suggest trying it out before buying it.

2020 Wilson A2K Outfield Gloves

Wilson’s 2020 Collection of A2K Outfield Gloves includes thrre models in both left-handed and right-handed throw. Here is our guide to the 2020 Wilson A2K Outfield Gloves:

2020 Wilson A2K 1799

The 1799 is a 12.75″ outfield mitt with an H-web and deep pocket. It’s Wilson’s best outfield model and highly rated among the best outfield mitts on the market. Get it here.

2020 Wilson A2K MB50

The MB50 is Mookie Betts’ Game model, and is a flashy 12.5″ mitt with a deep pocket. If you’re looking for a flashy mitt for the outgrass, this is a top choice for 2020. Buy it here.

2020 Wilson A2K 1775

The 2020 Wilson A2K 1775 is a 12.75, narrow-width, deep pocket model for the outgrass. While we don’t recommend it outright, we do recommend trying it out before buying it.

2020 Wilson A2K First Base Mitts

Wilson’s Glove Lines always include a first base mitt, and for the 2020 Glove Line, that lucky model is the 2820SS. Here’s out guide to the sole 2020 Wilson A2K First Base Mitts:

2020 Wilson A2K 2820SS

The 2820SS is a 12.25″ First Base mitt built with a lightweight Superskin back. There’s not a ton to say about it besides it’s a really solid mitt for one baggers. Get it here.

2020 Wilson A2K Catcher Mitts

For the 2020 Glove Line, Wilson stuck with one tried-and-true model in their top-of-the-line series: the M1. Here is our guide to the sole 2020 Wilson A2K Catcher Mitts:

M1

The 2020 Wilson A2K M1 is a 33.5″ Catcher’s Mitt with a medium depth pocket. With a strong pocket, durable materials, and aesthetic look, it’s the perfect mitt for behind the dish. Buy it here.

2020 Wilson A2K Infield Gloves

The release of the 2020 Wilson Glove Line means a whole host of fresh A2K models would hit the market, and just like in past years, the Infield models are sweet. Here is our guide to the Wilson A2K Infield Gloves:

1786

The 1786 is an 11.5″ mitt with an I-web and shallow pocket. It’s our favorite middle infield glove for 2020 and is simply an amazing mitt to use at shortstop and/or second base. Get it here.

1786SS

The 1786SS is the Superskin version of the aforementioned 1786, with the same 11.5″ length with an I-web and shallow pocket. However, it’s bit lighter, which is perfect for middle infielders looking for an easier glove to handle. Buy it here.

1787

The 2020 Wilson A2K 1787 is an 11.75″ mitt that is built for shortstop and third base. It’s listed as one of our favorite gloves for the left side of the infield, as it medium depth pocket is perfect for snagging grounders at short and third. Get it here.

1787SS

The 1787SS is the Superskin, lighter-in-weight version of the above 1787. If you’re a third basemen or shortstop looking for a lighter glove, the 1787SS is the perfect model for you. Buy it here.

MC26

The Matt Chapman game model is simply a customized version of the above 1787 models. If you want a bit of a flashier glove (in orange tan and kelly green) for third or short, the MC26 is the best A2K infield model for you. Get it here.

1721

The 1721 is a 12″ third basemen’s mitt with an H-web, and is Wilson’s best traditional third base mitt. With a deep pocket built for the hot corner, it will snag those hot shots at third. Buy it here.

A Complete Guide to the 2020 Wilson A2K Gloves

Wilson usually drops their new glove line in August, but for some reason, they just couldn’t wait to release the 2020 A2K models. And that’s certainly good news for us, as these models are straight heat.

Take a peek at the 2020 Wilson A2K Models:

Wilson A2K 1786 and 1786SS

There are two A2K iterations of the best middle infield mitt in the 2020 glove line, with one model having an all-leather construction and the other having a lightweight Superskin back (learn more).

So whether you like the feel of Superskin or not, there’s an 11.5-inch 2020 Wilson A2K 1786 model to help you dominate the middle infield.

Wilson A2K 1787 and 1787SS

Just like the 1786, there are two 11.75-inch A2K 1787 models available in the 2020 glove line. And, again, there is one all-leather model and one Superskin model.

The 1787 model is perfect for the left side of the infield, so whether you like Superskin or not, there’s a 1787 model to lock down the hot corner and shortstop.

Wilson A2K 1721

Wilson’s replacement for the DW5 is back for the 2020 glove line in a fresh new colorway. With a 12″ length, H-web, and deep pocket, this glove is built for stopping hot shots to third base.

Wilson A2K 2820SS

The sole A2K first base mitt in the 2020 glove line is the 12.25″ 2820SS. While it’s a rather straightforward mitt, it’s an excellent choice to man first base.

Wilson A2K B2 and D33

The B2 (left) and the D33 (right) are the two 2020 A2K pitching models, with the B2 as a 12″ two-piece web mitt and the D33 as an 11.75″ modified trapeze loop mitt.

While their differences are rather complex, they can be broken down into this: the B2 has a really simple pattern and close while the D33 has a funky (yet still functional) pattern and close.

Wilson A2K 1799 and 1775

The 1799 (left) and 1775 (right) comprise the 2020 A2K outfield class, with the 1799 as a 12.75″ H-web mitt and the 1775 as a 12.75″ single post web glove.

The 1799 is a pretty straightforward outfield mitt (and is ranked very well because of this), while the 1775 is a lengthier and narrower model that comes with a comparatively shallow pocket.

Wilson A2K M1

The sole 2020 A2K catcher’s mitt is the 33.5″ M1, which is a pretty basic model for behind the dish yet still a highly performing one at that.

The Foolproof Method to make awesome Customs Glove Every Time

One of the biggest temptations in the baseball glove world is making (and sometimes ordering) a crazy custom glove. I mean, where else can you get a purple and orange A2000?

We’ve all done it before. We’ve logged onto the custom builder, started picking bright colors, and saw the end result. Some have even ordered their crazy concoctions.

But, the truth is that these gloves rarely turn out as well as you hoped. The colors either don’t look good in person, or if they do, they eventually fade and make an awful-looking mitt.

And for those who have the temptation to use bold colors on their custom gloves, I have a simple formula to use these colors while creating an awesome-looking glove:

Design one section of the glove (and only one) with the bold color and design the rest of the glove with natural colors.

Here’s what I mean:

Wilson’s custom glove builder has three sections: Leather, Trim, and Lacing (Stitching doesn’t count). You would design one of these sections with the bold color and leave the others a more natural color.

Here are some examples:

Andrew Benintendi

Benintendi went with a natural base (blonde and navy blue) and used his bold color (red) for the lacing. Benintendi’s glove was one of the hottest gloves in spring training.

Jose Altuve

Source: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images North America

Altuve went with a natural base (black and blonde) and went with bold trim and lacing (orange). This was one of the best looking gloves from a few years ago.

While he used the bold color on two sections, this creates an exception: if you match the trim and lacing while keeping a natural base the glove will still look awesome.

Of course, there are other exceptions, too, but if you abide by this general rule when creating your next custom, there are high chances you’re going to have a beauty that will age amazingly.

Signs you need (and don’t Need) a New Baseball Glove

Most of us have been faced with the question at least once in our baseball careers: do I need a new baseball glove? Of course, we always want a new glove, but reality usually tells us otherwise.

However, there are many tell-tale signs that it may be time to ditch the old glove in favor of a new one. And most of them are pretty simple but need to be reiterated.

It’s so floppy that it feels like the ball might just slip through the fingers:

A pretty obvious example here, but if it feels like you couldn’t “snowcone” a ball, you probably shouldn’t be trusting that mitt to protect you, let alone catch the ball.

It has a rip. Anywhere.

I once had a glove for four years, and using it everyday for a few hours did a number on the poor mitt. It had a rip in the webbing and in between the index and middle fingers, among other issues.

But I still used it everyday, and lo and behold, I got a line drive in a game and the ball ripped straight through my webbing.

I was out of a glove and stuck using a really, really bad glove while I broke in my new one. Lesson learned.

So, if your glove has a rip anywhere, especially in the area where you catch the ball, definitely start looking for a new mitt.

Trying to fix it by gluing it or stitching it (been there, done that) won’t work and just pushes back the inevitable fact that you need a new glove.

It’s better to start the break-in process on a new glove (and have it as a backup) and use your old glove for a few weeks than be stuck with only having a glove that may or may not fall apart at any moment.

It feels like you’re holding a 10 pound dumbbell in your hand.

Maybe you left the glove out in the rain one too many times or used too much oil on it, but an unusually heavy glove simply isn’t something you want to be using.

Sure, it may be your fault that it weighs that much in the first place, but it’s a whole lot better to play with a regular weight glove than a stupidly heavy one.

It used to have Perfect Form, but now it just feels blah.

You spent months breaking in your mitt and finally got that perfect form. And you start using it and the glove feels amazing, all thanks to the way you broke it in.

But after a few years, the form starts to go. The thumb and pinky stays don’t maintain their form, the fingers start to flatten, and the glove starts to close oddly.

This doesn’t mean you start shopping on JustBallGloves when your glove feels off one day, but if you notice the form is starting to get progressively worse, it’s a good idea to get a new mitt.

It’s better to play with a glove that feels perfect (or close to it) than a glove that feels awful. If you feel comfortable in your glove, you’ll play better. But once doubts start creeping in, that’s when errors happen.

The padding feels nonexistent.

Just like the leather will start to wear down on your glove, so will the padding. And after a while, it will feel like the glove has absolutely zero padding.

You certainly don’t want a bruised hand from catching a hard hit line drive, so getting a new glove seems like a good idea if the padding feels nonexistent.

Now this does not mean you get a new glove the second you start feeling the ball sting your hand, especially if you make it a habit to catch it in the palm.

But if you start feeling serious pain when you catch the ball in the pocket, it’s time to start looking for a new mitt.

The leather is cracked. Everywhere.

A glove with worn leather can be characterized as having “character.” But a glove with cracked leather? That should be characterized as needing to be retired.

The reasoning for this is simple: the leather is the foundation of the glove, and once that starts to go, the entire glove will start to deteriorate, too. Get a new glove and save yourself the trouble.

Reasons to not get a new glove

Sometimes you get the itch that you need a new glove. I mean, who doesn’t like a new baseball glove? But many of these times you really don’t need a new glove.

Here are a few signs you don’t need that new piece of leather:

You might play _____ position but you probably won’t.

“I’m usually a middle infielder, but my coach said I might play a little bit of outfield, so I need to go out and buy an outfield glove to be prepared.”

Don’t fall for this trap. I certainly did and regret it to this day. I said the exact same thing as above and bought an outfield glove, only to use it for about two innings.

So not only was I out of a lot of money, but I had a glove I didn’t like or want. I ended up using my infield mitt in the outfield by the end of the year and haven’t touched that outfield glove since.

Trust me. You don’t need a glove for that position you “might” play. Chances are you will never play that position (I’ve seen it too many times to count), or if you do, your regular game glove will do.

Now if that position you might play is catcher, talk to your coach to see if you need to drop serious cash on a catchers mitt/equipment. Chances are you don’t and there is gear and a glove floating around.

You got a lot of money for Christmas/Birthday/Whatever, and it’s burning a hole in your pocket.

You may have just gotten a lot of money for whatever occasion. And the first thing you think about when you see that check/cash is that new Pro Preferred you’ve been eyeing online.

I’m going to make this really simple for you: DON’T BUY IT. Especially if you got $400 and are about to drop $350 of it on a new glove.

Sure, having that new mitt is awesome, but so is having money in the bank. You never know when you’ll need that money, and you’ll sleep better knowing you have dough in your bank account.

Now, if you got more money than you know what to do with, then I won’t stop you from splurging on a new glove or two.

You change teams every year and you NEED a glove to match the teams color.

It may seem ridiculous at first, but I’ve seen it too many times to discount it. A kid gets a glove that matches his team colors (or even a custom), and then he changes his teams and “needs” a new glove.

First of all, nobody will care if your glove doesn’t match the teams’ colors. Everybody has changed teams at some point, so everybody’s going to have some mismatched gear (helmet, bag, etc.).

Second, buying a crazy custom glove for a travel team that you may not be on next year is a stupid idea. I would only recommend a custom glove for high school or college, because you’re probably not leaving either.

Third, most would take a simple camel glove over your “sick” blue and orange glove. Some people might say it looks cool, but most will think you’re just a goon.

The lacing is going, but the leather is in great condition.

Sure, the lacing on your glove may be less than perfect, but chances are the leather on your glove is still good.

Just because your lace is stretching more than normal doesn’t mean you need a new glove. Just get a relace and you’ll be fine.

Any others you can think of? Hit me up at info@ballglovesonline.com.

Wilson 2019 Glove Day A2K Gloves

The prospect of getting a new glove is an amazing feeling, and one that many experience when Wilson drops their new glove line every August.

And although that one release usually is all Wilson will give you in terms of new gloves each year, they recently released yet another set of new mitts.

Labeled as Wilson 2019 Glove Day A2K Gloves, Wilson claims these mitts were made for pro players and were simply leftovers from Spring Training.

This means that you get a glove made in Wilson’s Japanese factory that only makes their pro-issue gloves, and you get it for no more than a stock glove.

And without further ado, these are the models Wilson is offering in the “2019 Glove Day” A2K Mitts, including models you can’t get elsewhere.

A2K 1786

This is simply an 11.5″ 1786 model, a glove that’s perfect for all middle infielders. Shop Now.

A2K DW5

The DW5 used to be a staple in the A2K line, but Wilson recently removed it when they trimmed down the A2K line.

So, if you want a 12″ third base mitt in Wilson’s best materials, this may be your only chance to get one in the next few years. Shop Now.

1787

Just like the 1786, this is just your typical 1787, an 11.75″ glove that is perfect for any position on the infield sans first base. Shop Now.

TF21

The TF21 was a hit a few years ago in its Glove of the Month form, but only saw brief action in Wilson’s lineup.

If you’re looking for a 12.25″ glove to pick it at the hot corner, this A2K TF21 is certainly one of the best models on the market to do it. Shop Now.

1799

While the stock A2K 1799 is one of our least favorite models in the 2019 line, this “2019 Glove Day” model is simply beautiful.

So, if you’d rather have this 12.75″ beauty to roam the outgrass than the Superskin stock model, get it before it’s gone. Shop Now.

KP92

Like the DW5, the Kirby Puckett KP92 model was a staple in Wilson’s lineup for decades before it was recently removed.

However, this 12.5″ Modified Trapeze outfield mitt is back as a “2019 Glove Day” model and ready to dominate the outfield again. Shop Now.

Other Models Available (Only in LHT)

  • 1799: Another 12.75″ Outfield Mitt with a blonde and walnut colorway. Shop Now.
  • 1799: An updated version of the above mitt in a walnut, black, and blonde colorway. Shop Now.
  • KP92: The lefty version of the aforementioned 12.5″ KP92 model. Shop Now.
  • 2800: A 12″ First Base Mitt available in two subtly different colorways. Shop Model 1. Shop Model 2.
  • D33: An 11.75″ pitcher’s model with a Modified Trapeze Web in an all-black colorway. Comes with a finger hood. Shop Now.
  • B212: The quintessential 12″ pitcher’s mitt with a two-piece web in an all-black colorway. Comes with a finger hood. Shop Now.
  • CJW: The 12″ CJ Wilson Game Model with a Modified Trapeze Web. Comes with a finger hood. Shop Now.
  • 1775: A 12.75″ Outfield Mitt with the unique E-web. Shop Now.

The Best Ambidextrous Mitts for Those Who Throw with Both Hands

We’ve all done it before. We’ve taken off our glove, put the ball in our other hand, and tried to throw with our non-dominant arm.

And the results aren’t pretty. Either the throw almost hits someone else, or if it reaches your partner, it comes in so slow that even a t-baller could hit it.

But the truth is, there are actually pitchers who can bring it from both sides of the plate. The first recorded MLB pitcher to do so was Pat Venditte in 2015:

And when he finally made his debut, it was the main news story in sports the next day. But what caught my attention wasn’t his historical debut, but something else: his glove.

Though I definitely heard of the idea of an ambidextrous glove, I never actually saw one until I saw Venditte hop on the bump for the Athletics.

I quickly fell in love with his Mizuno Pro Amibdextrous Mitt, which Venditte briefly talks about in the following video:

He used similar models in subsequent appearances, but the fact of the matter is that he is using a mitt you won’t see on store shelves.

In fact, you can’t even buy a Mizuno Pro Ambidextrous mitt online, an interesting tidbit that prompts the following question:

What are the best ambidextrous mitts?

And after some research into the subject, we’ve found the three best ambidextrous mitts for you:

3. Akadema ABX 00 Ambidextrous Mitt

Akadema ABX 00 Ambidextrous Mitt

The ABX 00 has been around seemingly forever, and is a favorite for those who are ambidextrous and want to only buy one glove.

But, there are certainly better mitts out there for ambidextrous pitchers, as the leather and construction on this mitt are simply not that good.

However, if you’re looking for a glove that could be ready right away and last you a generally long time, certainly take a look at the ABX 00.

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2. 44 Pro Ambidextrous Glove

44 Pro Ambidextrous Glove

The 44 Pro Ambidextrous Glove is the most unique option on this list for one reason: you can customize it.

With nine customization options, you can certainly make the 44 Pro Ambidextrous Glove exactly your own by adding colors and even your name.

44 Pro Ambidextrous Glove

And the Kip leather on the glove is by far the best leather offered on any of the gloves on this list. However, there are a few drawbacks.

One, the price. The 44 Pro Ambidextrous Glove is almost double the price of any other mitt on this list, largely because of the extra options you get.

Two, the break-in. 44 Pro Gloves are notoriously hard to break-in, and this may be a large issue for a glove that it meant to be used with both hands.

But if you’re comfortable with a lengthy break-in and higher price, this is the best ambidextrous mitt for you.

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1. Rawlings Gamer XLE Ambidextrous Glove

Rawlings Gamer XLE Ambidextrous Glove 1

The Rawlings Gamer XLE Ambidextrous Glove is a newcomer to the game of ambidextrous gloves, but it’s certainly been able to top the rankings quickly.

It has durable yet soft leather and solid construction, meaning you’ll be able to use the mitt out of the box and still use it years down the road.

Rawlings Gamer XLE Ambidextrous Glove 2

And with the best pattern for an ambidextrous mitt, the mitt will feel awesome to close and you’ll have no issues fielding with the funky ambidextrous mitt.

And at only $129.99, it comes at great price point for the best ambidextrous glove on the market.

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