The tragic death of Jose Fernandez brought everyone to think about his life (not only his career) a little differently. Everyone thought outside of the diamond and thought about other things about Fernandez, his journey, his character, and more.
Fernandez’ journey to the majors was hectic enough. He attempted to escape Cuba four times, finally making it to the U.S. after being shot at, imprisoned, and being sent back to his own land. Fernandez’ final and successful journey to the U.S. was hectic as well, as Fernandez had to save his mother from drowning (even though he did not know this at first)
Jose Fernandez had a lot of character. Whether it was celebrating teammates’ accomplishments, throwing his nasty slider, or just out with his friends, Fernandez had a ton of fun. That is the way it should be, and Fernandez showed us how to do it.
Here at BallGlovesOnline.com, I talk about gloves. So, I think the best tribute I can pay to Jose will be to show Jose Fernandez’ Gloves throughout his career, all six of them.
Contract with Wilson: 2013-2015
Jose Fernandez started his career with Wilson, designing multiple gloves that became a hit among Wilson fans and glove fanatics in general. He developed a pretty good relationship with Aso as well:
Black/Orange Wilson A2000 HG12
Fernandez’ first glove in the MLB was this pretty simple black Wilson A2000 HG12. The orange logos add some pop, and probably started Fernandez’ flare for orange on a glove and maybe overall flashy gloves. Here is a picture of the design:
This happened to be Fernandez’ only A2000 in his collection of gloves in his MLB Career. It was his first HG12 as well, the 12″ pattern with the hourglass-laced web.
Orange Wilson A2K HG12
Fernandez’ orange Wilson A2000 HG12 is his signature model that you probably know he wore. He used the same orange model for three seasons, a pretty long tenure for a pitcher’s glove. Here is a picture of the design:
Although this model was Fernandez’ first A2K in the majors, the Wilson custom builder does not let us build this color combo with this pattern.
Tropical Blue Wilson A2K HG12
Jose Fernandez used this Tropical Blue Wilson A2K HG12 for the last month of the 2015 season, and everyone wondered what it was. Wilson showed it to us, and then promptly added the color to the custom builder. Check out the design:
I really like the tropical blue color on this model. Fernandez must have liked it too, as he ended up going back to the Tropical Blue Color on one of his gloves in 2016.
Fernandez’ Switch to Nike
When pictures circled of Jose Fernandez wearing a Nike glove during spring training, everyone was shocked. I nor anybody else thought that Fernandez would switch to Nike gloves, but he did.
Orange Nike Sha|Do with Modified Trapeze Loop Web
Fernandez’ first Nike was interesting. It seemed like Nike was trying to copy the HG12 pattern that Fernandez used (the web), but the colorway just something that Fernandez liked. Anyways, it was sick, and Nike (who does not post very often on their baseball social medias) never posted a picture of Fernandez’ glove.
Tropical Blue Nike Sha|Do with Modified Trapeze Web
The tropical blue color was a direct copy off of Fernandez’ glove at the end of the 2015 season. Nike changed it up a little bit (for the better) with the orange accenting that looks better than the Wilson yellow accenting on Fernandez’ Tropical Blue Wilson. Overall, this Tropical Blue Nike is filthy.
Orange Nike Sha|Do with Modified Trapeze Web
Another all orange glove from Jose Fernandez, this time with the modified trapeze web that you saw on his Nike Tropical Blue glove.
This was the last glove that Fernandez used before his tragic death.
Final Thoughts on Jose Fernandez’ Gloves
In my opinion, the Tropical Blue Nike Sha|Do Nike looks the best, but it loses out on originality. I just think Nike hit the nail on the hammer with the colors. However, I feel like the quality was not as good (compared to the Wilson’s) on the Nikes’ because Fernandez only used his gloves for a few months at a time, compared to Fernandez using the orange Wilson’s for a whole year.