What’s so special about the gloves shown above? They’re made of synthetic materials — microfiber, specifically. No leather whatsoever. They’re made by a Cooperstown company called Carpenter. Some minor leaguers have been using them for a while now, but they’ve never been used in the bigs. That will change this afternoon, however, when Brian Gordon — a journeyman pitcher just signed by the Yankees — takes the hill in the Bronx. According to Carpenter, this will mark the first instance of a leather-free glove being used in a major league game. Blasphemy? Progress? Ho-hum? You be the judge.
New ESPN column today, featuring reader-submitted proposals to redesign the team formerly known as the Thrashers. You can take a sneak peek at all the submissions we received here.
By coincidence, yesterday I received a fairly polished Thrashers-rebrand proposal from two professional designers. It arrived too late to be part of the ESPN contest (I’m not sure the designers even realized I had issued a call for entries — I think they just whipped something up on their own and sent it in for me to see), but you can see what they came up with here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The new Bills helmet looks pretty much like we all knew it would. … Outmania, gold jersey edition! Damn that looks good. … The sports world’s reigning diva is, well, still a diva. … Impressive attention to detail: Someone on Etsy is selling a crocheted gall bladder — with tiny removable crocheted gallstones (great find, Kirsten). … While looking for something else, I came upon an all-time great clothing tag. … Good article about the Chargers’ equipment manager (with thanks to Leondrus Elijah Thornton). … Adam Yarnevich reports that the on-field photographers covering the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tourney are wearing Nike-branded pink pinnies. “There’s also a large swoosh all by itself on the front,” he says. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Nike- (or Adidas-, or Under Armor-, etc.) branded photographer pinnie before.” … Small item toward the bottom of this page indicates that the Predators will be unveiling new uniforms this summer (with thanks to Matthew Robins). … Here are Roger Federer’s Wimbledon sneakers (with thanks to Kenny Loo). … Darren Rovell’s rubber-stampery of the sports world’s corporate industrial complex continues apace. Latest case in point: He thinks this is a “nice NBA ad.” Sigh. … The Rochester Red Wings will wear Twins uniforms tomorrow (with thanks to Joseph Lombardo). … Was there a single high-cuffed player in yesterday’s Dodgers/Reds throwback game? Sure wouldn’t know it from these photos. “Has to be one of the worst-looking throwback games ever,” says Phil. … It looks like Shane Victorino’s double-flap helmet may have saved him from an injury last night (big thanks to Jim Walaitis). … With Bob Melvin taking over as A’s skipper, Sam Lam found a Melvin bobblehead from his days with the D-backs and repainted it as an A’s bobble. … A certain corporate logo is closing in on its 40th anniversary.