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Updated November 29, 2022
By Brian Duryea | @BatDigest
We spent this entire year playing with and using baseball, fastpitch equipment, and related devices and items. This comprises our favorite gadgets, gear, and things for our best gifts for baseball players. These are the best gifts for baseball presents.
A glove is always appreciated. Don’t overthink it. Get the right position type glove in either an A2K, A2000, or Heart of the Hide of Pro Preferred. Your player will love it.
Recommended Glove Links
A2K: Amazon A2K Section, Dicks Sporting Goods A2K Gloves, Wilson Glove Outlet.
A2000: Amazon A2000 Section, Dicks Sporting Goods Glove Outlet, Wilson Glove Outlet.
Pro Preferred: Amazon Pro Preferred Section, Dicks Sporting Goods Pro Preferred, Rawlings Glove Outlet.
Heart of the Hide: Amazon Heart of the Hide Section, Rawlings Glove Outlet.
Easily one of our favorite books of all time. This is it if you love great stories that are well written and the underdog in baseball.
3 Quick Gifts Ideas
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 players will know what 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.
The most popular bag with the most 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 needed, 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.
Sunglasses are an always-needed gift for that baseball or softball player. Or check out the Harbor Freight ones we were talking about here.
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 and Ball Coach, and they both track speeds. Brilliant Coach has some functionality we like better (like the phone app you can track the rates on). The Pocket Radar is a winning gift for any dad or player who might have everything.
New to our list this year, and a favorite, is Joe Posnanski’s book on the Baseball 100. This book is an instant classic; we will read it again and again. The reviews on Amazon are outstanding, and there is a reason for it. It is, to this point, one of our favorite books ever.
Our exit speed is worth every penny you would spend on it. (And it’s only like 1500 pennies).
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 could 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. I never thought he could swing something that “heavy” at 8. Thanks again for everything you do!”
We like Beef Jerky. It’s also a fantastic stocking stuffer for a lot of baseball players. There’s a lot to choose from, so we won’t bore you with our analysis of the best. All beef jerky is best.
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 have a few bucks left in the budget and want something, they’ll be impressed that 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. 2019 of EvoShield is good enough for MLB guys and you.
Never in the history of the world has a player said they have too many grip options. Lizard Skin Grips are an inexpensive, quick, and easy baseball/fastpitch gift of 2019. Dozens of colors, a product that fits in a stocking, and a price point where you can get a couple.
If you’re sick of Lizard Skin (or know your player doesn’t like them), 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?
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 bricklayer’s work glove. They feel great, price right, and look the part you’d expect for a brand as clean as Warstic.
Last we counted, about 50% of MLB players use the Pro Hitter. (This is the little rubber piece 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 that any ballplayer can use.
No baseball player said they had too many sunflower seeds. Although many fields ban those around some states, they still work for every ballplayer and are a great stocking stuffer. Check our best sunflowers seeds page if you want to know our favorites.
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 several different vendors. But, most of the products you can find at other places too.
Some of these gifts are practical and fun, and we desire everyone. 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.
Updated November 29, 2022
November 29, 2022
By Brian Duryea | @BatDigest