Are you looking for the best gift for baseball players?
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Gifts for Baseball Players
We’ve spent the whole year reviewing, playing with, and using baseball and fastpitch gear. Below are our top 11 go-to’s. These are the things we could not live without.
1. The Best Bat (BBCOR/USSSA/USA)
Is it too obvious to point out the bats? We couldn’t do what we do, indeed wouldn’t do what we do, if there wasn’t a difference between bats. Our testing gave us the five best bats for 2020. Without regard to cost, we think they are the best, and we highly recommend them for baseball and fastpitch player gifts.
You can read our full articles on the Best Bats here. Or, if you want the short answers, the links to each of our favorite gifts for 2020 are below.
Important: For the last few weeks of December, Wilson is offering an extra 20% off several lefty gloves in the outlet. But, you have to use the Gloves2 Code at checkout.
Okay, Okay. We’re so predictable. A glove! But, for reals, have you ever heard a baseball or fastpitch player say ‘you know, I just have too many gloves.’ No, you haven’t because there’s no such thing.
Wilson has a deal on some 1st base gloves and lefty gloves. But, you have to use the code GLOVES2 at checkout for up to 20% off.
Secondly, people overthink glove buying way too much. Here’s some of our life advice: If you can find an A2K or HOH for less than $180, buy it, ask questions later. If you can find an A2K or Pro Preferred for less than $200, buy it and ask questions later. We’ve never heard or seen a player put on any of the gloves mentioned above and thought it was anything but exceptional. Here’s where you look for deals on gloves—they are rare but worth checking for often.
Check out this testimonial we got just yesterday. This is one of many we’ve received over the years.
“Just wanted to tell you thanks for all your work! I ordered a DeMarini voodoo one piece partly from your datasheets. I knew it would be heavy on the scale, but my son can swing it well. I purposefully didn’t weigh it until he hit with it, so I had no bias. Its scale weight is 21.1oz for an “18” oz bat. Never did I think he could swing something that “heavy” at the age of 8. Thanks again for everything you do!”
COVID has changed the game of baseball—and getting metrics and feedback by yourself is a win. If you’ve yet to use a bat sensor, or your hitter doesn’t have one, the Blast Sensor is a fantastic gift. It’s easy to use, doesn’t cost as much as a new bat, and any player will know what it is right when they see it.
The Blast Motion Sensor helps them capture swing speeds and angles and measures their practice time and effectiveness. It is an easy, thoughtful gift for baseball players.
5: CloseoutBats Exclusive
Somehow, somewhere, Closeoutbats pulled off a coup by getting the last of the 2018 Rawlings Quatros. This bat was dynamite in 2018 and outpaced everyone’s exit speed. Sure, it broke a bit more than others. But, that’s why you buy it from an authorized vendor like Closeoutbats for the warranty. The fact you can find this bat for a near $200 while others are dropping a second mortgage to pick up the Meta is laughable. Save yourself a few hundred bucks and get the best bat you can in the 2017 Rawlings Quatro Glowsitck in BBCOR.
6: Evoshield Armor
It’s cliche, but most kids dig this stuff. They have all types of guards. (The most popular, at least according to our clicks, is the catcher’s thumb guard). If you got a few bucks left in the budget and want something, they’ll be impressed with the Evoshiled protective piece is a great choice. (If you desire to save a few bucks, and aren’t as concerned with the brand name, check out Boombah’s serious selection of protective batter gear).
If none of the above jump out at you, how about a top-end Evoshield gear piece to protect your baseball player. Wrist guard, leg guard, arm sleeve, and more. The 2019 of EvoShield is good enough for MLB guys and good enough for you.
7: Lizard Skin Grip
Never in the history of the world has a player said they have too many grip options. Lizard Skin Grips are inexpensive, quick, and easy baseball/fastpitch gift of 2019. Dozens of colors, a product that fits in a stocking, and price point where you can get a couple.
If your sick of Lizard Skin (or know your player doesn’t like them), then may we suggest a Vulcan Grip or Varo’s excellent bat grip (actually reusable) that we’ve had a lot of fun with this year.
8: Boombah SuperBag
The most popular bag with the most amount of colors is also a great baseball or fastpitch gift. This gift is consistently rated the best bat bag out there. It rolls like a champ, carries a wardrobe if you need it, and comes in enough colors to match any team. It’s an easy choice for a group or individual bag with a long list of happy customers.
Are you not digging Boombah? Up for trying something you don’t know? Check out this Song win bag that gets unbelievable ratings for high-quality stuff at a fraction of the price.
9: Warstic Batting Gloves
It’s tough to differentiate between different batting gloves. Sheepskin or cowhide isn’t proprietary. But, Warstic batting gloves aren’t just anyone’s batting gloves. These are working man batting gloves with a texture and feel that could double as a bricklayers work glove. They feel great, price right, and look the part you’d expect for a brand as clean as Warstic.
10: Pocket Radar
The Pocket Radar has made our list of gifts for baseball players ever since we first used one in 2016. For 2019 it makes it again. We use this thing all the time. It’s durable (we even left it out in the rain one night, and it still works like a champ). Results seem repeatable. You can get both the Smart Coach or Ball Coach, and they both track speeds. Smart Coach has some functionality that we like better (like the phone app you can track the speeds on). The Pocket Radar is a winner gift for any dad or player who might have everything.
11: Pro Hitter Training Aid
Last we counted, about 50% of MLB players user the Pro Hitter. (This is the little rubber piece that sits on a player’s thumb). It protects against hand sting and gives a top hand a bit more girth. The ProHitter is a simple stocking stuffer than any ballplayer can put into use.
How We Made Our Best Gifts for Ball Players
After hundreds of hours of testing equipment for 2019, attending a baseball convention or two, and visiting a handful of colossal baseball gear vendors and manufacturers, we come up with this list of gifts for baseball players. The links above include from several different vendors. But, most of the products you can find at other places too.
Some of these gifts are practical, most are fun, and every one is desired by us. We’d love to see these wrapped up under the tree.
Got any gift ideas we missed? Tell us about it in the comments below.