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Wilson Glove of the Month November 2017: Jameson Taillon’s Glove

It was May 4th when Jameson Taillon, a right-handed pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was unofficially diagnosed with testicular cancer. He had his surgery a few days later and expunged the tumor from his body, and just five weeks later he was taking the mound against the Colorado Rockies in front of an especially high-spirited crowd.

The young hurler pitched five scoreless innings against the potent Rocky Mountain offense on June 12th, his first official MLB start after returning from treatment. A few months after making that brilliant start, Taillon has teamed up with Wilson to help others affected by cancer.

Wilson Glove of the Month November 2017

This aforementioned project is the Wilson Glove of the Month November, an exact replica of Jameson Taillon’s Wilson A2K D33. It has three redeeming qualities: an excellent Vintage Tan colorway, a great pitcher’s pattern, and a great supporting cause.

This Vintage Tan colorway helps you look good on the mound, while the 11.75” pattern with a Modified Trapeze Loop web hides your grip and helps you field anything that comes your way.

Wilson GOTM November 2017

However, the best aspect of this mitt is that the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh-Cancer Care receives a portion of the proceeds from this glove. This not only makes you look good and play well on the bump, but also support a worthy cause.

You can buy the Wilson Glove of the Month November at your local Glove of the Month Dealer or on eBay.

Check out other Glove of the Month models here.

Wilson Limited Edition Gloves

A thread post to discuss and display all Wilson Limited Edition Gloves.

Baseball Monkey EXCLUSIVE: Wilson A2000 1786SS

BM Wilson A2000 1786SS

This Limited Edition Wilson A2000 1786SS, an exclusive mitt from Baseball Monkey, a large online sports retailer, is an awesome, good-looking, and unique middle infield glove. Its features make it a top option for the two positions, too: 

  • 1786 Pattern: The BM Wilson A2000 1786SS is an 11.5″ glove with an I-web shallow pocket, making it a perfect mitt for shortstop and second base.  
  • Black, White, and Gold Colorway: This limited edition glove features both a unique and awesome colorway, which will surely stand out in the middle infield. 
  • Superskin: This proprietary synthetic material lightens the weight and strengthens the 1786, making it even more durable and lightweight than the typical A2000.
  • A2000 Materials: Wilson’s top-notch Pro Stock Leather, solid lacing, and soft lining materials make the BM Wilson A2000 1786SS a durable and long lasting glove.  

Takeaway: With the best middle infield pattern, cool colorway, and top quality materials, the BM Wilson A2000 1786SS is an awesome option to be your next shortstop and/or second base mitt.

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Limited Edition 2018 Wilson A2K DATDUDE

Limited Edition 2018 Wilson A2K DATDUDENot a fan of the stock 2018 DATDUDE? Wilson has an alternative: the Limited Edition Wilson A2K DATDUDE, a glove that shares specs with the stock Brandon Phillips model but employs a different colorway.

“Navy, Red, Gold, and Tropical Blue”

The colorway on the limited edition 2018 Wilson A2K DATDUDE is a combination of Navy Blue, Red, Yellow Gold, and Tropical Blue. It’s not an awesome-looking design, but does look better than the only other Phillips model.

“Excellent Pattern for the Middle Infield”

On the specification side of things, this limited edition model measures at 11.5”, has an I-web, and features a clawed back design. This pattern comes with an extremely shallow pocket and is an excellent option for the middle infield.

“A Better-Looking DATDUDE Model”

If you are searching for a better-looking DATDUDE model without sacrificing the pattern’s unique features, the limited 2018 Wilson A2K DATDUDE is your best option at $359.99. Unless, of course, you want to buy the even better-looking 2016 DATDUDE for $209.98.

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Related: 2018 Wilson A2K DATDUDE, 2017 Wilson A2K DATDUDE, 2016 Wilson A2K DATDUDE

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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Wilson Glove of the Month October: Ender Inciarte’s Custom Wilson A2000 1799

For the first time since March, Wilson went on a tangent from their usual GOTM formula and created the Wilson Glove of the Month October as an outfield mitt.

In fact, the Wilson Glove of the Month October is the Ender Inciarte game model, a 12.75-inch Wilson A2000 1799 in an Atlanta Braves’ themed navy blue and red colorway.

  • In addition to its 12.75” length, the 1799 pattern comes with a deep pocket, flat finger design, and thumb-to-pinky squeeze.
  • Inciarte indeed created this sweet navy and red colorway, but has shied away from using it thus far.
  • As an A2000 model, the Wilson Glove of the Month October comes with top-notch and long-lasting materials.

Note that the Wilson Glove of the Month October is not available through online retailers, only through selected brick-and-mortar store retailers. Find your local GOTM dealer.

The Bottom Line: Despite its limited quantity, I see the Wilson Glove of the Month October as an excellent option for those outfielders looking for a rare bit of flash for their mitt.


More information to know:

  1. More on the 1799 Pattern: Generally regarded as a top-two outfield pattern, the 1799 pattern comes with a wide heel, flat pocket design that is perfect for making all types of catches in the outgrass.

  2. Has Ender Inciarte used this Glove?: Inciarte has teased us a few times about this good-looking glove, yet has stuck with the all-black mitt he has been using for the past few seasons.

  3. More on A2000 Materials: Wilson’s A2000 materials, including their rugged Pro Stock Leather, are renowned for their long-term durability. In addition, each A2000 is sturdily built in the factory with top-notch craftsmanship.

  4. Rarity of GOTM Models: Wilson only makes a few hundred Glove of the Month models and carefully distributes them to certain retailers. Find out the closest retailer to you.

Alex Bregman’s Glove

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Alex Bregman was one of the breakout stars of the past few seasons, and while his bat has done most of the talking, he’s been a steady force at the hot corner for the Astros for quite a few years.

He’s been this steady force the past few seasons with his custom Easton Pro D32AB, an 11.75″ Single Post glove made with Horween leather. It also comes in an Astros-themed navy blue, orange, and blonde colorway.

And while Bregman’s exact model isn’t available, you can get a similar Bregman game model for $260 here.

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.

Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017: Snakeskin Wilson A2000 1786

Our Quick Take on the GOTM September

Pattern

The 1786 is the best middle infield pattern in our opinion…

Colorway

Great colorway combined with the unique Snake Skin = awesome…

Material Quality

A2000 materials are known to be top quality and extremely durable…

Value

A limited edition glove for a +$20 Premium? Sign me up…

Summary: The Wilson GOTM September is an awesome-looking (and feeling) limited edition glove in our favorite middle infield pattern. It is perfect for those flashier shortstops/second base and also glove collectors. 

We dive into the deeper details of the Wilson Glove of the Month in our below complete guide.

Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017: Snakeskin Wilson A2000 1786

Five Things to Know about the Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017

  • The GOTM September 2017’s features an all “Snakeskin printed steerhide” back and web, an odd-feeling textured leather popularized by the A2K DATDUDE.
  • Employs a black, Vegas Gold, and red colorway in addition to the aforementioned black Snake Skin. It is a unique color that will surely attract many eyes. 
  • The Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017 is an 11.5″ 1786 Pattern model with an I-web and shallow pocket, and is perfect for the middle infield.
  • Built with top-notch materials, including Wilson’s Pro Stock leather (a durable Steerhide leather), that will last many seasons of use.
  • It is a limited edition glove only available through selected retailers. View these specific stores

Our Take: Not only does the Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017 look sweet and plentifully feature a unique material, it is also a perfect model for middle infielders and feature high quality materials. Our rating: 9/10.

Recommendation: The Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017 is perfect for those middle infielders looking to buy (and use) one of the more distinct mitts to ever hit the market.

The Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017 is an 11.5″ 1786 Pattern model with an I-web and shallow pocket. The 1786 pattern is my personal favorite for the middle infield.Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017

Recommendation: The Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017 is perfect for those middle infielders looking to buy (and use) one of the more distinct mitts to ever hit the market.

Our Take: Not only does the Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017 look sweet and plentifully feature a unique material, it is also a perfect model for middle infielders and feature high quality materials. Our rating: 9/10.

Recommendation: The Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017 is perfect for those middle infielders looking to buy (and use) one of the more distinct mitts to ever hit the market.

Spec Sheet: Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017

Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017

Product Name

Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017: Wilson A2000 1786

Wilson Glove of the Month September 2017

Product Number/SKU

WTA20RB18LESEP

WTA20RB18LESEP

Glove Series/Price

Glove Series/Price

A2000, Varies

Position(s)

Middle Infield: Shortstop and Second Base

Length/Web Style

11.5″, I-web

Throwing Hand(s)

Right-Handed Throw Only

Other

“Snakeskin printed steerhide” Back and Webbing

Snakeskin printed steerhide

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Wilson Glove of the Month August 2017: Daniel Norris’ Wilson A2K DW5

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Dansby Swanson’s Glove(s): Custom Wilson A2K 1787 and Custom Wilson A2000 1787

Like most players in the MLB, Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has a set game glove in addition to a set warmup/backup glove. This post serves as a complete guide to both gloves, including a look at the details that shape each of Dansby Swanson’s gloves.

Dansby Swanson’s Game Glove: Wilson A2K 1787

With one of the cleanest looks in the MLB, Dansby Swanson’s blonde and navy glove is a true joy to look at from any angle. This section of the post serves as guide to Dansby Swanson’s game glove, including a look at his clean colorway, his pattern choice, and the meaning of Swanson’s custom embroidery.

Dansby Swanson is a budding Glove Design Maestro – Just look at his Game Glove

Dansby Swanson kept the design on his game glove simple – he combined a classic blonde base with Atlanta Braves-themed navy-blue lacing and navy/red logos. To top off his game glove, Swanson went with tone-on-tone stitching and navy-blue embroidery to keep the blonde leather as fluid as possible.

Topping off Wilson’s blonde, one of the cleanest colors on the market, with navy and red in select areas was clearly an excellent choice. Not only is Dansby Swanson’s Glove super fresh, it is easily one of the nicest-looking gloves in the entire pro ranks.

Swanson’s Pattern Choice: Go Bigger

Humans have an innate instinct to follow a group, so it comes at no surprise that Dansby Swanson joined the young corps of shortstops that are normalizing the use of 11.75” gloves at short. Leaders of this group include Francisco Lindor (Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS205-2KB), Carlos Correa (Wilson A2000 1787), and now Swanson.

Instead of going with the 11.5” Wilson 1786 model he used throughout college and during a part of his short time in the minors, Dansby Swanson went with the slightly larger Wilson A2K 1787 model. Dansby Swanson’s game glove is characterized by an 11.75” length, I-web, and medium depth pocket, and is perfect for picking it at shortstop.

Dansby Swanson's Glove: Custom Wilson A2K 1787

Special Features – Embroidery

As you can see above, Dansby Swanson’s glove is embroidered with “All Dai.” Here is what this seemingly cryptic text means, according to MLB.com:

The leather that will rest upon his left thumb is adorned with the words “All Dai”, a tribute to Parker, who was 22-years-old when he drowned after being involved in a tubing accident on an Indiana lake.

“It impacts a lot of people just because of the legacy he left behind,” Swanson said. “Just to be able to wear that every day and to keep him close to me is pretty cool.”

Swanson met Parker as they were playing high school basketball in metro Atlanta and developed a bond with him when they both matriculated to Vanderbilt. He proudly put “All Dai” on his glove last year, his first professional season, which was highlighted by his August promotion to the Major League level.

Mark Bowman, MLB.com

This video should give you some insight into Swanson’s glove embroidery:

Dansby Swanson’s Backup Glove: Wilson A2000 1787

After using the blonde Wilson A2K 1787 for the entire 2016 season (and planned to use it again in 2017), Dansby Swanson thought it was a good idea to get a backup glove in case his game glove happened to break down.

Dansby Swanson's Glove: Custom Wilson A2000 1787

Again, another awesome Colorway

Dansby Swanson utilized one of the most underused Wilson colors, dark brown, as the featured color on his backup glove. In addition to this dark brown base, this glove has navy-blue lacing, stitching, welting, and binding. Swanson’s backup glove is topped off with the same navy/red logos he has on his game glove.

Like his game glove, Dansby Swanson’s backup glove combines a classic base with the Atlanta Braves’ main colors. However, Swanson’s backup glove has a little bit more navy (on both the welting and stitching) than his game glove, making it the slightly flashier glove.

Wilson A2000 1787 - Dansby Swanson Game Model

A look at why Swanson chose A2000 over A2K

Dansby Swanson used an A2000 throughout his entire college career (college players get free A2000’s form Wilson) and later an A2K throughout his short (so far) MiLB and MLB career. This could be considered a thorough A2K vs. A2000 test, and Swanson seemed to use that “testing” to determine if his next glove would be an A2000 or A2K.

Swanson’s backup glove is an: A2000. He claims to like the thinner feel to the A2000 as opposed to the strategically thicker A2K, which in turn makes the glove easier to squeeze and allows him to feel the ball more.  This video should give you some more insight into his decision:

Other Notes

Swanson’s backup glove features both the same pattern (1787) and embroidery (“All Dai”) as his now-game glove. Therefore, there is no need to quibble on details we already discussed.

Which one is better?

Join the Conversation: Which of Dansby Swanson’s gloves is your favorite?