To start this blog of, if you are not a part of ‘the glove community’ which mainly takes place on Instagram, you might think I am crazy for having this amount of gloves. I got addicted to buying them. I am not the kind of person that buys gloves to put on a shelf and look at them, I always buy them with the intention to use them! That’s also why I would not like to call my gloves together a glove collection….
I’ll describe/review all my gloves that I have right now in chronological order from newest to oldest.
Elysian Custom Glove
My Elysian glove is my most recent glove pickup. The glove is 11.75″, has all black leather with split grey welting and white stitching. The web I chose for this one is the Viper web, as you can see it’s a closed web which is preferred by pitchers because you can hide your pitches. I also got some embroidery, on the thumb the glove says Milan van der Breggen (my name), on the lining it says You ain’t much if you ain’t Dutch and on the ring finger it has the Dutch flag. The glove is made with high-end US Kip leather which feels very nice. I can’t really give a good review on this glove yet because I have not used it yet, but don’t worry, you’ll get a review and updates of this for sure! This glove will most likely function as my pitching gamer once it’s broken in!
You can get your Elysian (custom) glove at http://elysianbaseballgloves.com/!
Important: Make sure to follow Elysian’s social media because they will be doing a giveaway very soon!
Wilson A2000 1613 AG Pro Issue
This mitt is 12″ (if you buy a Retail 1613 it will be 12.25″, but because this is a Pro Issue the size differs) and has a black and saddle tan colorway. Everything besides the web and lacing is black. The web on this glove is the single post double bar web, probably my favorite for first base. Pro-Stock leather (I am pretty sure it’s a steerhide type leather) is what’s used on this beauty. This mitt previously belonged to Tanner Donnels, he got this from Wilson on last year’s Glove Day but didn’t really feel it, read more about that right here: https://dutchbaseballtraveler.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/wilson-a2000-1613-pro-issue/. Tanner sold this on eBay and I was Lucky enough to buy it! So far it’s breaking in pretty good, not yet fully broken in but it’s getting there. My previous gamer at first base was my custom A2000 A2800 model which has a double break point, this one has the single break point but so far it’s been working good. This will most likely function as my gamer at first base once I am fully comfortable with it. I also can’t really give you guys a review of this mitt yet, after it gets some more use you’ll read more for sure! You could customize a look-a-like of this on http://www.wilson.com/custom/gloves/, it will be a quarter inch longer though and the stamping will be a bit different. Another way to get this glove is have luck on eBay or know a pro that has this glove.
SOKO Sports Lin Chih-Sheng Glove
This glove I won in a giveaway from SOKO Sports on Instagram. You can read the reason they gave it away right here: https://dutchbaseballtraveler.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/story-about-the-soko-giveaway/. The glove is about 11.5″ ( I am not 100% sure because it doesn’t say on the glove) and has a orange and honey colorway. The orange is pretty dark and might look a bit like red in the photo. I relaced this glove to tan Tanner‘s lace, it originally came with a bit darker colored lace. I wasn’t a big fan of the original lace, that’s the reason I relaced it. I also took of the finger hood it came with. The leather on this glove is Premium Formosan Kip Leather which is honestly on of the best leathers I have felt on baseball gloves. I do not have a use for this glove though and that’s the reason it is for sale or trade if you are interested in it, send me a DM on Instagram @eu_baseballgear or @fpmilan!
Wilson A2K KP92 Pro Issue
Here we got my outfield gamer, outfield is not one of my main positions but as soon as I saw this pop up on eBay for the price it was I couldn’t resist it to buy it… The addiction is real, haha. It’s another Pro Issue, this means it was meant to be for a pro. The stamping on Pro Issues is different and overall the glove is thicker and high quality than what you’d find on a retail glove. This one is the KP92 model so it’s 12.5″ (just like the retail model this time) and it has a vintage tan and black colorway, the picture will tell you at what spots what color you will find. This glove has Pro-Stock Select leather, this is the top 5% of the Pro-Stock leather Wilson gets in their factory. This was owned, and used for about 6 games, by Brandon Macias. Read more about that right here: https://dutchbaseballtraveler.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/wilson-a2k-kp92-pro-issue/. Brandon Macias just recently switched glove brands and is now using 44 pro gloves (http://www.44progloves.com/). This glove will for sure be my gamer in the outfield and so far it’s feeling very nice. This glove is also new to me so a review is still kind of difficult to do. You could customize a look-a-like of this glove aswell on http://www.wilson.com/custom/gloves/ as well, I have not seen many of this colorway Pro Issues around so it will be more difficult to get one like this from a pro, especially since A2K colorways change every year. This year’s A2K colorway is actually pretty identical to this one though.
Rawlings Pro Prefered PROS15MTBR
I’ll start of with explaining what PROS15MTBR means; PROS means it’s a Pro Preferred (Heart of the Hides would say PRO), 15 means 11.5″, MT means Modified Trapeze (which is the web it has) and BR means Brucciato which is the main color on this glove (the lighter brown is camel). If you would like to learn more about glove codes, make sure to check out these YouTube video’s made by my friend Jay:
I got this glove in May of 2015 as a birthday gift (my birthday is on April 24th but it got lost in the mail). Since then I used it for about the whole season, mainly as a pitcher but also at 2nd base, 3rd base, shortstop and I think once in the outfield. Last year I literally played all 9 positions with my two teams, this year I’ll most likely be more focussing on pitching and first base mainly. Since I got my Elysian, kind of unexpected, this will not get as much use anymore. Pro Preferreds are a really good gloves though, using full grain kip leather. The leather wears pretty fast but stays stiff at the same time. They’re also pretty thick gloves compared to Wilson, they come in very stiff yet soft to the touch. The only thing I don’t really like is the Pittards performance scheep skin lining. The lining just doesn’t feel as good as regular leather linings like on my A2000’s and Elysian. If you’re looking to get this exact glove, make sure to check out eBay because with some good searching you should be able to find this for a lot under the most suggested retail price.
Rawlings 5-TOOL PROTRAIN
I don’t know if you could really consider this a glove, it’s more like a training tool. It’s a 9.5″ training glove. I mainly use this when I throw a ball against a wall and field grounders and work on picks. It’s all black with grey split welting, the leather isn’t very nice but I mean, for a training glove you don’t want leather that’s too expensive. If you can get this glove for a good price, I think it’s nice to have. It will prevent you from getting lazy because you really have to focus on the ball. I think this is better than the pancake glove because it also works on backhand grounders and especially for me, as a first base man it’s nice to be able to actually catch the glove.
Custom Wilson A2000 A2800 PS
This was my first ever custom glove and I based it of my team colors back when I ordered it. My team was navy and red and we always wore grey pants. I think you understand the colors I chose now. I really like this glove and the way I broke it in, it’s just getting a bit too broken in for my liking. That’s the reason I got my Wilson A2000 1613 AG Pro Issue! I originally got this with navy blue laces, but last summer Craig Brooks from Jonquil Sporting Goods relaced it to silver lace. I chose silver because navy blue wouldn’t match anymore because the leather has faded a lot over the years, red would also not match because the red on it has also faded so I thought silver would look nice. I think that custom A2000’s are much higher quality than retail A2000’s and pretty close to Pro Issue quality! The A2800 pattern is 12″ and has the double break point, at the end of this season I’ll for sure do a 1613 vs. a2800 pattern comparison!