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Wilson Glove of the Month February 2019

It’s been over a year since Wilson released its first snakeskin mitt as the GOTM September 2017, but the texture has once again made an appearance on the Wilson Glove of the Month February 2019.

And after an all-red glove was released as the GOTM January 2019, re is once again a prominent color on this month’s Glove of the Month along with black and white.

Officially, the GOTM February 2019 is an 11.5″ Wilson A2000 1786 with red Super Skin and black snakeskin finger strips and web. It’s a glove practically built for a shortstop with some swagger.

It’s a completely unique glove, and that’s the awesome thing about it. So, if you’re looking for a something cool with three (!) different textures, check out your local GOTM dealer and pick one up.

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 Glove of the Month January 2019: Ozzie Albies’ Wilson A2K 1786

Happy New Years to all you Glove Fans! Although it was a bit slow on this website in 2018, it certainly wasn’t slow in the glove world. Here’s to another new year of awesome glove!

Wilson Glove of the Month January 2019
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We’re only two days into the new year and Wilson has already released an absolutely fire glove: the Glove of the Month January 2019, Ozzie Albies’ Game Model. What a way to start 2019.

It’s an all-red Wilson A2K 1786, and just like when Albies used it, this mitt is going to stand out on the field. It’s a great look for those on a red team who love to look flashy on the diamond.

And although red fades a bit with some heavy use (just check some photos of Albies’ glove at the end of the year), a bit of care goes a long way to preserving the red tint of the glove.

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Put simply, this glove is for middle infielders who likes a bit of flash on their mitt. And if that’s you, definitely go to your local Glove of the Month dealer and pick one up. It’s an awesome gamer for 2019.

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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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?

Wilson Glove of the Month January 2018: Wilson A2000 1716

Ever since Jose Altuve first debuted a 1716 pattern glove, it’s been the subject of fascination for us and the glove community at large due to its unique pattern and webbing.

And now it is no longer a fascination from a distance, as Wilson has made this distinct pattern available as the Glove of the Month January 2019.

Wilson Glove of the Month January 2018 2

It’s an 11.5″ glove with a medium depth pocket, perfect for middle infielders. And with a blonde, white, and black colorway, it’s a clean model for any second basemen or shortstop.

To get one, however, you can’t simply buy it online. You must go to your local Glove of the Month dealer, which can be found here, due to Wilson’s rules on their monthly limited edition gloves.

Wilson Glove of the Month December 2017 – Wilson A2000 1787SS

The Wilson Glove of the Month December 2017 is one of few truly custom gloves currently available, featuring a bold colorway, new gray Super Skin, and an 11.75″ Pattern.

Its overall features, including its pattern construction and specifications, also make it an excellent glove to take to either shortstop (go to section) or third base (go to section).

Wilson Glove of the Month December 2017

For Shortstops:

  • 1787 Pattern: Want some extra reach for shortstop? Look no further than the 1787 – its 11.75″ length, flat shape, and medium pocket depth are perfect for you.
  • 11.75″ Length: Finally reach those tough grounders in the hole with the added reach, as compared to an 11.5″ glove, this length provides.
  • Medium Pocket: You get the best of speed and security with this pocket depth, making both transfers and secure catches easy.
  • Black, Gray, and White Colorway: This is certainly an interesting design (and one that will surely stand out in the field), but it does look pretty sweet, too.
  • Gray Superskin: This newer color of Superskin lowers the weight (therefore making it more controllable) and increases the strength of an already high quality mitt.
  • Pro Stock Leather: Wilson’s most famous leather, together with their other top-notch materials and craftsmanship, makes the GOTM December a durable mitt.

Overall, you will love the Wilson Glove of the Month December 2017 is you, first of all, like its design, but also want extra reach and a bit more catch security (at the slight expense of transfer time) at shortstop.

Wilson Glove of the Month December 2017

For Third Basemen

  • 1787 Pattern: This pattern will supply optimal control at third base, all while maintaining a solid length, pocket depth, and structure for the hot control.
  • 11.75″ Length: Although slightly shorter than 12″ (our favorite size for 3B), you’ll still excel at third because of the greater control you will have.
  • Medium Pocket: Quick transfers are important at third base, and this pocket depth allows you to make these swift transitions without sacrificing much catch security.
  • Black, Gray, and White Colorway: This is certainly an interesting design (and one that will surely stand out in the field), but it does look pretty sweet, too.
  • Gray Superskin: You’ll love the weight-saving, strength-increasing, and more controllable nature of this Gray Superskin when fielding hot shots at the hot corner.
  • Pro Stock Leather: You need a durable glove at third base, and Wilson’s most famous leather, top-notch materials and craftsmanship make the GOTM just that.

You’ll like the Wilson Glove of the Month December 2017 if you want to stand out in the field – not only in looks, but also when you field impossible grounders, get the ball out quickly, and throw the runner out at first – at the hot corner.

Wilson Glove of the Month December 2017

Whether you’re interested in buying the Wilson Glove of the Month December 2017 for shortstop or third base, you’ll have to make a trip to your local Glove of the Month Dealer (this glove is not available online).

It will cost about $279.99 (a slight premium over the $259.99 stock price of A2000’s), but it is a limited edition glove and will cost a bit more than stock gloves. And because it is a limited edition glove, you should buy it before quantities run out.

What is Superskin? A Complete Guide

When evaluating the playability of a glove, you judge two things: how well you can control the mitt and its durability.

While all-leather Wilson gloves excel at both areas, another sector of Wilson mitts shines brighter in both aspects: Superskin models.

This synthetic material, available in black, red, blue, navy, white, and gray, has two traits: lighter weight and higher strength.

Because of these features, this is a material you want on your glove – and one that will make you a better fielder with a durable mitt.

2018 Wilson A20000 1786SS (2)

 

A Material Lighter than Leather

A lighter glove equals a more controllable one, and a more controllable mitt is one you can field better with.

Superskin, when utilized on the back of a Wilson mitt, makes a glove both lighter and more controllable.

The synthetic material weighs half the weight of traditional leather, according to figures released by Wilson.

In our estimations this would make a Superskin-backed mitt about 10-15% lighter than a comparable all-leather model.

You will immediately feel this weight difference after slipping on a SS mitt, and sense the greater control after taking a few groundballs.

Lighter weight = More control = Easier, more efficient fielding.

2018 Wilson A2000 RC22

A Synthetic 2X stronger than Leather

A lower weight is great, but what about the synthetic material’s durability?

Although other synthetics are less durability (particularly mesh), Superskin does not suffer the same fate.

Instead, Wilson’s proprietary microfiber is actually stronger than leather.

Wilson claims their material is twice as strong as traditional leather, and out experiences with it reaffirm the “greater strength” claim.

Our exposure to various used Wilson mitts shows Superskin mitts hold their shape better than akin all-leather gloves with similar usage.

Greater strength = More years to use your beloved mitt.

2018 Wilson A2000 DP15

What does this mean for you?

When you buy a Superskin glove, you get a lighter, more durable mitt that you can take to the field everyday.

Whether you have tried a synthetic material before or not, I know you will especially love Superskin and all its benefits.

Shop all Wilson Superskin models