What to Count on on Opening Day 2022: Shohei, Trout, Bo, Trea, Tim Anderson, Seiya


After a two-week MLB blitz, right here’s what you’ll be able to count on on Opening Day 2022. Additionally: Locker Excursions from some nice gamers might be dropping in April. Tag us in additional swag on Instagram.

Probably the most thrilling crew in baseball, the Blue Jays, won’t disappoint. Bo Bichette is rolling with a Rawlings REV1X with a inexperienced geometric sample.

In contrast to Francisco Lindor, Bo appears content material with this one and doesn’t swap it out each sport. As quickly as I say that, although, he’ll most likely be carrying one other one. That’s the character of this new glove, which comes game-ready out of the field. Store at Baseball Express, Dick’s, and Rawlings. Dick’s has an exclusive “cloud” design that Bo wore at one level final yr ($400).

Bo is that includes his private model on his Junk headband and round his neck. That is SHOW swag of the very best high quality. So far as we will inform, this headband isn’t but accessible, however Kolten Wong and Fernando Tatis, Jr. have a couple of customized bands up on Junk’s website right now.

Can’t neglect the 100% Hypercraft that Bichette has been carrying since 2021. They’re a few of our faves at $155-$195 through 100percent.com.

George Springer in Rawlings was a shock, as he was a long-time fan of Nike’s V360 artificial glove, now a relic to glove historical past. His Rawlings PRO3319 sample is new, an adaptation from the infield PRO31 sample that options twin welting.

Springer’s Coronary heart of the Cover 12 3/4″ glove is an absolute dime and its accessible precisely like Springer’s for $400 at Rawlings.com.

Vladdy wore a pair of Jordan 10 cleats, however I anticipated extra. They have been fairly easy and about 50% hidden by the bellbottoms.

Angels Three-Headed Monster

Solely refined variations separate Shohei Ohtani’s 2022 Asics cleats from earlier season. Ohtani’s new ones function the slightest camo (?) model on the midsole.

The Angels gear bag with the in-built bat holders is subsequent degree. There’s a lot of backpacks on the market, however the duffle is commonplace in The Present. Ohtani’s Asics Gold Stage bats are nicely secured with this ingenious modification.

Mike Trout has settled right into a predominantly black with pink and camo trim model for his Rawlings gloves. Its been that approach since he went again to Rawlings in 2016.

Whereas Trout’s glove, which options pinky and thumb camo mesh trim and a one-of-a-kind stitched autograph on the thumb, is a participant unique, you will get shut through Rawlings.com custom builder at $530. Go Coronary heart of the Cover leather-based to get the worth under $400. The shades are the Present X3 Elite, accessible at Dick’s for $180-$205.

Whereas we wait for brand spanking new cleats to reach (, the Trout 7 stays essentially the most looked for cleat on WPW. It seems like Dick’s reloaded on some colorways at various price points.

Anthony Rendon’s Marucci Mannequin 53 11.5″ glove was a well-weathered basic in all tan. We couldn’t discover a precise match however you’ll be able to shop Marucci gloves at MarucciSports.com.

Whereas we have been on-field, Rendon handed this Marucci glove off to a coach, presumably to interrupt it in. Possibly the following gamer?

G-Kind Guard Utilization Up Huge

Charlie Blackmon all the time brings it. He’s one among MANY guys rocking G-Kind guards this yr.

Cody Bellinger, too, is carrying the usual G-Kind Elite elbow guard, accessible at Dick’s Sporting Goods in a variety of colors for $50-$55. G-Kind’s progress amongst MLB gamers might be very obvious in 2022.

Belli is claimed to be tinkering together with his swing, however one factor that wants no tinkering is his outfield protection. He’s received the gold labels now to show it. Gavin Lux even informed me that he received the identical actual glove—imitation is the sincerest type of flattery.

New Threads

Kris Bryant in purple! The pink adiZero batting gloves are a pleasant contact. Eastbay has these at $60 in commonplace colours.

Chappy dropping the top in blue.

Javy Baez with the Outdated English “D” on his chest is a little bit of a shock, however the SSK stays his favourite leather-based. He wore Rawlings gold labels final yr WITH PERMISSION from SSK, as a result of it was a dream of his, however Javy shouldn’t be altering his allegiance. SSK has reappeared on the market within the USA at SSKBaseballShop.com. There are some Javy fashions for these courageous sufficient to put on the smallest glove in MLB at 11.25″.

Trea Turner received a batting title in 2021 as a Dodger, so he’s not precisely “new,” however its nonetheless kinda freaky to see him on the high of this lineup. He and Mookie are going to be an issue. Oh and now they received Freddie too. To place it in perspective, Belli’s most likely going to hit eighth.

Trea had good issues to say concerning the 100% Speedcraft SL shades he was rocking, regardless that he informed me he didn’t love the flashiness. He stated the efficiency advantage of the lens, which have wonderful visibility, is why you’ll see him rocking them when the solar’s up. Get Trea’s exact 100% Speedcraft SL at 100percent.com for $185.

Seiya Suzuki brings a ridiculous offensive resume from the NPB and a few extra Asics swag like different NPB superstars earlier than him.

The signature on the heel is an aesthetic contact.

Yusei Kikuchi’s Mizuno’s additionally had that non-public aptitude.

As did Gosuke Katoh, Jays infielder and long-time WPW man. He’ll make his MLB debut in 2022.

The craziest cleats would possibly go to Yoshi Tsutsugo, who wore these wild ones—model unknown.

TA7 Leads the League in Enjoyable

I’ve seen a couple of of Tim Anderson’s video games. He’s the hardest out on the sector most nights, however he’s additionally main the league in enjoyable. I hear him getting rowdy within the dugout. Chattin’ up all people on the sector. Singing, joking, capturing finger-guns.

Anderson’s cleats are unbelievable. They’re a participant unique model of the Lunar Vapor Ultrafly, and it doesn’t get cleaner.

He’s even received his kids’s names on the again heel.

Extra Notables

Brendan Rodgers seems like he’s been dwelling within the fitness center. Popeye the Sailor Man standing. His REV1X, a Better of WPW finalist, can be fairly sturdy.

On account of an elbow sprain within the offseason, Cavan Biggio is carrying a sophisticated Bauerfeind elbow brace ($200) to forestall hyperextension on his left arm. Its extra concerned than simply a regular elbow sleeve because it makes use of a wire stress system to decelerate the arm earlier than the chance of over-extension.

Teoscar’s Wilson A2000 1800 mannequin is good, too ($380 at Wilson.com, however 22-23 weeks wait to ship!).

The Lourdes of Hair.

Jose Berrios, Jays Opening Day starter, will take the ball with an Below Armour glove. Its a pleasant piece, and I used to be pleasantly stunned to see that Dick’s offers a really nice selection of UA gloves, all at $350.

Willson Contreras’ gradient fade on his Nike gear is subsequent degree. Only a lovely factor. And no, its not accessible.

Pay shut consideration to the shoe sport in Chicago, as Clint Frazier and Marcus Stroman have entered the chat.

Ketel Marte’s Marucci Mannequin 53 (similar as Rendon) is a bit flashier.

Mookie’s Jordan batting gloves proceed to tempo the league so far as I’m involved. Sadly, they’re nonetheless for Jordan model athletes solely.

Identical goes for the cleats. Jordan baseball cleats have gone lacking in 2022, so its as much as eBay to ship for the Jordan followers.

The PitchCom gadget (read more here) was simply formally allowed by MLB. Count on to see it an increasing number of because it’s anticipated to quicken tempo of play and battle sign-stealing.

What’d we miss? Any new gear happenings we must always learn about?


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