The Best of the Captain
Catching up with Our Pros
If you watched anything having anything to do with baseball today, you're probably well aware that the New York Yankees retired the legendary Derek Jeter's #2 jersey this afternoon. Yankee fan or not, you have to appreciate what the guy did for the game -- we certainly do! In fact, Jeter was so good, we could only find one major flaw (and we looked awfully hard): He never wore a Buckler.
Meet the Pro Teen!
Back in January, we introduced you to our awesome group of professional players sporting beautiful custom Bucklers this year. Now that it's May and the season is in full swing, we thought we'd check in with those guys and give you a quick update on their whereabouts in the world of pro ball.
You Should Be Watching the World Baseball Classic
Almost every ballplayer goes through that awkward in-between stage: too big for a youth glove, but not quite ready for an adult model. That's where our Pro Teen series comes in. Made from the same awesome materials as their Buckler siblings, these gloves are specifically designed to fit the wrist and hand of a player who has outgrown our youth line but is still a season or two away from an adult-sized glove.
Our 10 Favorite College Baseball Team Nicknames
We love seeing major league teammates competing against each other, we love seeing Ryan Dempster come out of retirement to pitch for Canada, and we love that Joey Bats had to throw out the winning run from left field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to prevent underdog Colombia from knocking off a truly staggering squad from the Dominican Republic.
The 5 Best Things About the Start of Spring Training
Since the college baseball season is in full swing, we thought it'd be appropriate to spend a few hours haggling over some rankings -- but not the usual polls. No, instead we thought we'd focus on the really important stuff: team nicknames. Let the controversy -- and the bragging rights -- begin.
How to Know It's Time for a Custom Glove
Spring training is awesome. Unofficial, non-authoritative lists of stuff are fun. Let's do this.
Program Feature: San Francisco State University Baseball
Last week, you caught yourself doodling pockets and webs on the back of your science notebook. The other day, you realized you've been noticing whether your teammates' gloves have lacing and stitching colors that really "pop." A few nights ago, before bed, you went down an hour-long Google-search rabbit hole trying to understand the pros and cons of single- and dual-welting.
Baseball Brands We Love: Meridian Baseball Co.
If you're not familiar with NCAA Division II baseball, take some time this college season to get to know some of the outstanding programs at this level. Our last program feature took us out east to see the Rams of Philadelphia University, so we figured we'd switch coasts and check in with the Gators of San Francisco State University as they gear up for opening day.
Meet the Buckler Family!
A few weeks back, at the 2017 ABCA Convention in Anaheim, we had the pleasure of meeting Marcus Zahn, the founder and owner of Meridian Baseball Co., which makes beautiful split-maple wood bats. Take our word for it: These things are absolutely stunning.
Program Feature: Hood College Baseball
You may not have taken a peek at the calendar lately, but there's some good news sneaking up on us: Spring training isn't that far off. What that means here at Buckler is that we're hard at work putting the finishing touches on some awesome custom gloves for the 14 professional players we're lucky enough to count among our fast-growing family.
What We're Reading: One Shot at Forever
With the college baseball season right around the corner, we figured it was time to check in on another program we're excited to follow this spring: the Blazers of Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Part of what makes this program unique -- and its recent growth and progress so impressive -- is that the 2015 season was its first-ever campaign.
The First Glove
If you've had enough Netflix for awhile, we highly recommend you check out Chris Ballard's One Shot at Forever. It's a seriously great read, and if you love baseball, you'll absolutely love this true story.
Non-Profits We Love: Pitch In For Baseball
For some reason, baseball creates memories. Something about the game, about your first piece of leather, stays with you. I remember my first baseball glove -– it was a used Spaulding Rod Carew model that my dad got me. It was brownish-red and some of the leather was cracking, but it was my first glove, and I loved it.
Peace, Glove, and Happiness in 2017
If you're not familiar with what the folks at Pitch In For Baseball are up to, it's definitely worth checking out. They're making baseball and softball equipment a reality for countless kids around the world who wouldn't otherwise have access to it.
Behind the Scenes: The Making of Buckler Gloves
2016 will always hold a special place in our hearts as the year the incredible adventure of Buckler Gloves began, with some baseball guys who just wanted to see where they could take the simple idea of making great leather more affordable.
Program Spotlight: Minnesota MASH
Finished products are great, but it's also pretty cool to see the different stages of a glove's production, so we thought we'd share a few behind-the-scenes action shots of Buckler gloves being made.
The Life of a Backup Glove
Founded in 2012 and co-owned by Tom Buske and Steve McGuiggan, the Minnesota Mash program is doing some great things for baseball player development in the Midwest.
Buckler Visits Philadelphia University Baseball
Whether it's catchers, quarterbacks, or power sources, there are great backups everywhere, always ready to step in and get the job done. At Buckler, we love backups, too. Backup gloves, that is.
That Awkward Break-In Phase
From cheesesteaks to Rocky, Buckler loves all things Philly -- and the Rams of Philadelphia University are no exception. PhilaU finished 2016 on quite the high note, reaching the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship game for the first time in program history.
We know how personal the glove-buying process can be, but we also love talking about what happens after you get your glove: the all-important breaking-in phase.