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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.

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 Top 5 Glove Deals Right Now

1. Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO6HF-1HT

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO6HF-1HT

This isn’t a glove on sale, but still qualifies as a glove deal. Why? It’s a super limited edition glove we haven’t seen in years, and now there are a solid amount of them thanks to Softball Fans.

This glove has Horween Tan leather and the rounded Fastback pattern that Cal Ripken used many years ago. If you’re a glove junkie, this is an awesome mitt for the collection.

2. Wilson A2K 1786 ($300)

Although it’s not too uncommon to see the A2K 1786 discounted, getting the best shortstop and second base glove for $60+ is always a win. This one’s on sale on Amazon.

3. Wilson A2K B2 ($230)

2018 Wilson A2K B212

Sure, this glove is from a few glove lines ago, but it’s still a great glove for the mound. 12″ length, two-piece web, and a classic colorway (and RHT). Plus, it’s only $230, a steal for an A2K model.

4. Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS314-2CB ($270)

Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS314-2BC

Another good deal on an 11.5″ Rawlings mitt, but this time it’s an 11.5″, I-web Pro Preferred model. This one is only $260 at JustBallGloves, an absolute steal for one of the best middle infield gloves on the market.

5. Wilson A2K M1 ($280)

2018 Wilson A2K M1

A really solid deal on a top tier catcher’s mitt. The M1 is a 33.5″ mitt, so it’s pretty much perfect for any catcher looking for a high quality mitt without the super inflated price tag.

Matt Chapman’s Glove: Wilson A2k 1787

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Matt Chapman won both the Gold Glove at Third Base and the Platinum Glove Award for the American League, solidifying himself as one of the best fielders in only his second season.

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He won both awards with a stock Wilson A2K 1787 from the 2018 Glove Line, and is once again dominating the hot corner with the same 11.75-inch copper and blonde mitt from the past few seasons.

2018 Wilson A2K 1787

The good news is that you can get the same glove that helped Chapman win an impressive amount of hardware, and also our #2 ranked third base for 2019, at the link below.

But whenever Chapman decides to retire his beloved gamer, he certainly has another mitt ready to go. It’s also a 1787, and it’s certainly a looker:

Wilson says it’s going to be a game model glove in the next glove line, so look out for his orange tan and black 1787 when the 2020 glove line comes out around August.

Yu Darvish’s Glove: Custom Asics D-Line

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Yu Darvish has always had one of the more interesting gloves in the MLB for a few reasons: First, he’s one of the few MLB players to use an Asics glove, and second, he always chooses the brightest colors for his gloves, as seen by his past red and blue mitts.

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And this year is certainly no different. He’s back with a custom Asics D-Line model, this year in a sharp green color with white accents. However, his glove is still a rather large 12.5″ mitt with a fastback and a finger hood, just like past years.

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And with signature on the thumb and the custom web stitching, Yu Darvish’s Glove is certainly one of the more unique gloves for the 2019 season. In fact, it so unique that you can’t buy it in the United States. But if you could, would you rock Yu’s mitt on the mound?

The Best Outfield Gloves for the 2019 Season, Ranked

Although opening day is quickly approaching, there is still plenty of time to both buy and break-in a new mitt for the outfield. Even if that glove is a high quality mitt that you can’t squeeze right away.

And choosing the right one is of utmost importance, as there are too many options to choose from. But we tested a bunch of outfield gloves and compiled the best ones for the 2019 season:

3. Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSMT27

Not many people are fans of the trapeze web. The narrow yet deep pocket this web creates is certainly not for everyone, and the odd close of the pattern is difficult to maneuver without practice.

But if you’re a fan of the trapeze web, there’s no better option than the PROSMT27. At 12.75″, it has both the length and the depth needed to track down fly balls in the outfield.

We wouldn’t recommend this to outfielders who’ve never used a trapeze web glove before, but if you’re a trapeze web fan or just want to try something different in the outfield, this glove is for you.

2. Wilson A2000 1799

Wilson offers a lot of options for outfielders, but none are better than the 1799. At 12.75″, its pattern has the necessary width and depth to play the outfield at a high level.

If you’re a strict Wilson user, this is the glove you should get for the outfield for 2019 and beyond. It’s not only the best Wilson offers, but one of the best outfield gloves on the entire market.

1. Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS3039-6CC

The best outfield glove for the 2019 season is the
Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS3039-6CC, a 12.75″ glove in Rawlings’ famous 303 pattern.

It’s #1 because everything about it is perfect for the outfield: the deep pocket, the optimal pocket width, and the perfectly contoured fingers. And the materials on this glove are top-notch, too.

If you’re looking to make 2019 your best season in the outfield yet, definitely pick up the PRO3039-6CC in enough time to break it in for the beginning of your season.

Are you a outfielder and need more help finding your perfect glove? Hit us up at info@ballglovesonline.com and we’ll personally help you find your next mitt.

The Best Catcher Gloves for the 2019 Season, Ranked

As the 2019 season accelerates upon us, the time to upgrade your catcher’s mitt is quickly ending. But even though game action starts soon, there’s still enough time to buy and break-in a new mitt.

And while we are no experts on catcher’s gloves (we’re infielders after all), we talked to a large group of catchers and compiled a ranking of the best catcher gloves for the 2019 season:

5. Mizuno Pro GMP200

The Mizuno Pro may be the best glove quality-wise on this list, but what keeps it in fifth place is its exorbitant price. This mitt costs a hefty $600, which is $200 more than any other mitt on this list.

While the materials on this glove are truly amazing and the glove comes with a slew of unrivaled features, spending that much on a mitt is unfathomable to some.

But if you’re willing to drop a pretty penny on the last catcher’s glove you’ll ever need to buy, the GMP200 33.5″ is certainly the glove you want to be using behind the dish.

4. Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSCM33B

The PROSCM33B is Rawlings’ best offering behind the dish, as its 33″ pattern and Pro Preferred materials are perfect for backstops looking for a top-notch catcher’s glove.

And while there’s nothing fancy about this mitt, it’s easily the best option for catchers who are diehard Rawlings users. And while, like every Pro Preferred, it’s a bit pricey, it’s worth every penny.

3. Wilson A2000 1790

The 1790 is a favorite of many of the catchers we talked to due to its ample length (34″) and sizable pocket. And the fact that it’s held up well for them doesn’t hurt its placement, either.

The 1790 is a pretty standard catcher’s mitt, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. It is one of the best gloves for catchers looking for a bigger glove for behind the dish in the upcoming season.

2. Wilson A2000 M2

At first glance, the M2 seems like a typical catcher’s glove. But when you dig a bit deeper, this 33.5″ mitt is actually one of the coolest mitts for behind the plate for the 2019 season.

The reasoning for this is simple: The M2 comes with a built-in leather thumb guard, which perfectly compliments the awesome M2 and the lightweight Super Skin back.

This thumb guard takes away the majority of the sting without the uncomfortable feeling of most third party thumb protectors, making a glove that is perfect behind the dish on multiple levels.

1. All Star CM3000SBT (33.5″)

All Star CM3000SBT

The CM3000 was the most popular glove of catchers we talked to, largely due to its combination of an excellent pattern, comfortable lining, high quality materials, and top notch performance.

If you’re looking for the best catcher’s mitt on the market, the All Star CM3000 is it. And whether you want a huge mitt (35″), an average sized one (33.5″), or a small one (32″), All Star has a CM3000 for you.

The Best Second Base Gloves for the 2019 Season, Ranked

Even as the outdoor beginning of the season quickly approaches for many players, there’s still time to both buy and break-in a new glove for the 2019 season.

And while there’s a ton of options for second basemen, some are clearly better than others. We tested a bunch of second base gloves and found the top five for the 2019 season.

5. Wilson A2000 1788

At 11.25″, the 1788 is Wilson’s smallest glove offered. And if you’re a second basemen who likes a smaller glove with a super shallow pocket, the 1788 is the perfect glove for you.

Just know that some models will run a little small and feel tiny on your hand – but the benefit of having a super shallow pocket to make quick transfers at second.

4. 44 Pro Gloves Signature Series 574 Pattern in 11.5″

We’ve recommended it for both shortstops and third basemen, and again for second basemen. The reasoning is simple: it’s hard to beat the value that is offered by 44’s custom model.

For $185, you get a fully customized glove in an 11.5″ pattern that is perfect for second base. So, if you’re a player who likes a flashy mitt at second, this affordable yet high quality option is for you.

3. Wilson A2000 1787

The 1787 is an 11.75″ glove with a medium depth pocket, and is the perfect glove for second basemen that like a longer glove without giving up the ability to make quick transfers.

The 1787 is also perfect for second basemen who play other positions as well, as the 1787 also works well at shortstop, third base, or even the outfield in a pinch.

2. Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS204-2RTB

Rawlings’ 11.5″ 204 pattern is perfect for the middle infield in that it comes with a shallow pocket and comes with a shape that is perfect for manning second base.

So, if you’re a die hard Rawlings user, we’d definitely recommend you pick up the PROS204-2RTB as your next second base glove. It’s certainly the best option they offer for two baggers.

1. Wilson A2000 1786

We’ve tried a bunch of gloves at second base and none have come close to the Wilson A2000 1786. With an 11.5″ pattern that feels amazing and plays even better, it’s perfect for second base.

So, if you’re in the market for a high quality second base glove, definitely start with the 1786 and I swear you’ll never want to try another glove again.

Wilson Glove of the Month March 2019: Wilson A2000 OT6 with Superskin and (!) Snakeskin

As Spring Training continues and the MLB season approaches quickly, Wilson released the March rendition of their Glove of the Month. And while there have been many interesting outfield glove releases lately, few compare to this mitt.

The GOTM March is a 12.75 Wilsom A2000 OT6 in a red, gray, and white colorway. The back is a mixture of Superskin, Wilson’s own lightweight but ultra durable material, and Snakeskin, textured leather that looks sweet and feels dope, too.

Wilson rarely releases an outfield Glove of the Month, so if you’re looking to grab an amazing limited edition mitt for the outgrass, pick up the GOTM March 2019 at your local Glove of the Month dealer.

The Best Third Base Gloves for the 2019 Season, Ranked

Even though the spring season is fast approaching for the majority of us, there is still a bit of time to pick up a new one and even break it in if your old glove may not make it through next season.

And as a third basemen, you are blessed with plenty of options. But some are certainly better than others, and we tested a bunch of them and found the best third base gloves for 2019:

5. 44 PRO GLOVES SIGNATURE SERIES 574 PATTERN IN 12″ with H-web

44 has spent the past few years making their $185 custom glove even better, and right now their gloves are simply unbeatable at their price point. Top companies simply can’t compete at this price.

So, if you’re a third basemen who wants a custom glove but not the high price tag, we’d recommend getting a 44 Pro Gloves in their new 574 pattern in a 12″ length with an H-web.

This will make you a glove with the perfect length for third base, the optimal pocket, and that even comes in the exact colorway you want and with your name on it. Start customizing now.

4. Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSNP5-2C

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The NP5 pattern has been the choice of some of the top third basemen of the generation, as Gold Glovers Adrian Beltre and Manny Machado used an NP5 at the hot corner.

And with an 11.75″ length and I-web, this pattern is certainly perfect for third base. But, beware: this pocket is not rounded and deeper like other models, instead it is more flat and shallow.

So if you’re looking to dominate the hot corner like Manny Machado did and Adrian Beltre did prior to Machado, pick up the PROSNP5-2C and get one of the best 3B gloves on the market.

3. Wilson A2K 1721

2018 Wilson A2K 1721

The DW5 replacement, the Wilson A2K 1721 is a 12″ Third Basemen’s glove with an H-web. And while it differs from the DW5, its pattern is still as funky as the former David Wright game model.

This is not to say the glove is bad, in fact quite the opposite. It’s pocket is simply made for third basemen, and with its aforementioned specifications, it’s an awesome mitt for third.

2. Wilson A2000 1787

While the 1721 occupies the third spot, its slightly shorter brother occupies the second spot. This glove is the Wilson A2000 1787, an 11.75″ mitt with an I-web and medium depth pocket.

Though it’s shorter than the 1721, 1787 makes up for it with the perfect pocket for third base and an easier pattern to break in. And, in reality, 11.75″ is more than enough to defend at a high level.

1. Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO206-6JTB

The number one third base glove for the 2019 season is the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO206-6JTB, and, honestly, nothing compares to this glove for the hot corner.

Its 12″ length is perfect for third base, and its deep pocket is perfect for scooping up grounders at third. And while other patterns on this list are great, the 206 pattern is unmatched at third base.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect mitt for the hot corner for the 2019 season, definitely pick up the PRO206-6JTB. You certainly not regret and may even have your best season in the field.

Are you a third basemen and need more help finding your perfect glove? Hit us up at info@ballglovesonline.com and we’ll personally help you find your next mitt.