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What Pros Wear: Adam Jones (Bat, Batting Gloves, Cleats)

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I had to yank Jones’ Swingman exclusives right off his hands and feet to show them to you guys.

With a 35-homer, 100-run, 90-RBI 2012 season all but assured, its safe to say Adam Jones has finally lived up to the hype he created as an All-Star at 23 years old.  Let me not forget to mention that he has been one of the most requested ballers since I started the site in February, and rightly so.

Look at those cleats!  Griffey has himself quite the roster on his Swingman label, including Ryan Braun and Andrew McCutchen along with Jones.  “Jonesy” got new kicks for the second half of the season, and he tweeted a photo of them which you can see below.

Adam Jones’ Swingman exclusives. @simplyaj10

As you would expect, these wild-looking cleats are not available online, though Swingman Remix 2 cleats (which Jones wore earlier in the season) are available in several colors.  Though these are his second half metals, he’s also got new turfs (below).

Camo turfs.

You guessed it—unavailable.

Here are a few more Adam Jones’ has worn this season (or were banned by the MLB):

Jackie Robinson Day

Jason Heyward also wore these in honor of the great 42.

All-Star Game

Far and away my favorites. Nike needs to make these, now.

Notice that these are molded.  Jones seems to switch between molded and metal, oddly enough.

Swingman Remix 2.  Too hot to trot. Literally. (Banned by MLB)

Also banned. WTF MLB?

The orange MARPAT are ugly, so the ban is warranted in my book, but I don’t really get why these white ones got banned.

As for his bat, Jones is endorsing a newborn company called Victus Sports, which, judging by its already growing popularity in the MLB, looks like good wood.  As you can see from the feature, Jones swings an ash version, and they claim to use maple along with birch.  A local article gives you a good idea the kind of “grassroots” beginnings this company has built itself up from.  Though they don’t have a website or much marketing, the CEO of the company is on Twitter @VictusSports and seemingly very available for custom bat inquiries.  What I also found, which to me is even cooler, is that they’re selling bats for a really good price through eBay, and it looks like that’s also straight from the CEO.  I myself will be picking up a couple myself to give them a try.

Here’s Victus’ gifts to Adam Jones for the 2012 All-Star Game:

@victussports

Adam Jones’ batting gloves are also Swingman.  I know the feature photo isn’t very good, but here’s a much better image from Jones’ Twitter:

Adam Jones’ player exclusive batting gloves.

Jones is not afraid of flair, that’s for sure—though the checkered straps are really what makes these so tight.  Jones, however, is all exclusive, though you can find Swingman batting gloves in different schemes online.

You can also tell from Jones’ Photoshop-amputated hand that he uses a Pro Hitter on his thumb as well.

…I just never know what these people are thinking with the music they choose.

Here are the links:

Nike Swingman Cleats (Just a broad search for Swingman cleats)

Victus Bats (looks like your best bet is to try the eBay auction or hit Victus up on Twitter—I will try to find out more this week)

Nike Swingman Batting Gloves (Dick’s calls theirs the 2011 version, which Jones’ are loosely based off of, though there are other versions that have Jones’ checkered strap)

Pro Hitter

@whatproswear Feels good to be back!


What the Pro Wears: Ichiro (Glove, Sunglasses)

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Ichiro fields with a custom Mizuno GMP70BK.

Just as we showed in our last post about his hitting, Ichiro’s transcontinental body of work as a fielder is just as impressive.  Ichiro won 10 consecutive Gold Glove Awards in the Majors (2001-2010) and before that won the Japanese equivalent, the Golden Glove, 7 times, for 17 total awards, all consecutively.  Had he played in the Majors all along, 17 Gold Gloves would have put him second all-time behind Greg Maddux (18), and five ahead of the next closest outfielders—-Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente tied at 12.  Still, even if we only count his Major League Gold Gloves, he is one of only six outfielders to win 10 times since the award was created by Rawlings in 1957.

Ichiro’s glove is and has always been (since 6th grade!) a Mizuno with that sprawling, fishing-net-like “Ichiro” web.  There is a great article here on Ichiro’s relationship with the craftsman who handmade the Gold Glove-winning leather since his first pro season.  Just as with his bats (which he stores in a humidor in the clubhouse), Ichiro treats his glove like a master craftsman would treat his tools.  He says there is a “human spirit” in his equipment, and that his glove is an “extension of (his) body.”  The GMP70BK is modeled after Ichiro’s glove, and is available online.

As great as he is with the glove, we all know what he’s best known for out in right field.  Instead of showing you the one you’ve seen 1000 times (Terrence Long), here’s some of Ichiro’s earlier victims…

Ichiro has also been known to wear some provocative eyewear over the years.  Most recently, he has been wearing his signature series Oakley Radar Path that you see in the feature photo above.  Although we have seen him wearing a white/light blue version as well as a red version in Spring Training this year (left), and many different versions over the years.

One of those versions is the “Juliet” Signature Series (below) that he wore a few years back.  They are actually available through Oakley’s website, while the Radar Path sunglasses seem very hard to find.

Ichiro wearing the Oakley Juliet series.

Here is another picture of Ichiro in the Oakley Thump MP3 player sunglasses which can also be found on Oakley’s site.  Obviously this was not in-game, but still pretty cool to see Ichiro jammin’.  I’d love to know what he’s listening to.

Ichiro bumping beats in his Oakley Thump sunglasses.

Here are the links:

Mizuno GMP70BK

Oakley Radar Path Signature Series (this is going to give you tons of results and different versions that he’s worn–most are very expensive, but if you’ve got your heart set on these, then explore and you might get lucky!)

Oakley Radar Path (plenty of different options if you’re interested in the Radar Path model that Ichiro wears)

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