Review: Wilson Pro Stock A2000 Series Baseball Glove

Review: Wilson Pro Stock A2000 Series Baseball Glove
Product Description
  • Premium U.S. pro stock leather
  • Dual hinge web
  • Dual welting
  • Conventional open back
  • Fielding Position: Outfield/Infield 
  • Size: 11"-13"
  • Pro Designs

Originally designed by the game's top players in 1957, the Wilson® A2000® remains the industry standard by which other gloves are measured. This year Wilson has again set the standard for excellence by using Premium U.S. Stock leather - now 10% thicker - that makes the glove even more durable and comfortable. This thicker leather provides greater protection for the hand, forms a better pocket, and surrounds the ball better for a lower ball rebound.

A2000 gloves also feature the patented Dual WeltingTM system that provides a curvature for the fingers which permanently and perfectly shapes the pocket. Based upon player input, infield patterns now feature more flexible finger lacing and a thicker thumb. Some models also include our new Pro Sleeve which surrounds the index finger on the back side and provides a ramp for your palm. This creates more glove contact, more control and more protection. A2000 gloves and mitts are used at all levels of competitive play, especially in the Major League®, where Wilson Advisory Staff Members Rey Ordonez and the 1996 Cy Young Award winner John Smoltz all depend on them daily.


Reviewed by: kevin,  from NC, USA
Date Reviewed: 5/15/2002 11:19:35 PM
 

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The Wilson baseball gloves are the premier gloves on the market today. Rawlings and Mizuno are Wilson's competitors in the quality baseball glove market. It is generally felt that Wilson offers the superior product. The Wilson Conform gloves are of major league quality. The A2000 Series is for the serious college or high school player. The A2000 Series gloves are expensive. Be ready to shell out a couple of hundred bucks.

The glove is already broken in and has a firm sturdy feel. There is ample padding in the palm area. The lacing is thick and strong and should last. Wilson uses quality leather and the glove is made for many years of service.

The A2000 Series offers many models. Infielders(especially middle infielders) prefer a smaller mitt so they can get the ball out of it quickly. The A2000 Series offer gloves that range from11" to 12.5"

The A2000 is the official glove of Major League Baseball. It was originally designed in 1957 by baseball's top players of that time. The gloves feature such advanced features as QuickStop Leather, Superskin, and Dual-Welting. Wilson Sports website is at www.wilsonsports.com You can find more detailed information there.
 

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  Reviewed by: Mike,  from S.F, CA
Date Reviewed: 02/5/2002 12:11:35 AM
 
 

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Over the years, I've had several baseball gloves, including gloves by Rawlings, Wilson, and even one by Louisville Slugger, several years ago. I have found that Wilson gloves are of consistently high quality, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a glove for themselves or for one of their sons or daughters.

When I retired from baseball and moved on to that great pasture of City League softball, I continued to use baseball gloves instead of the larger, floppier softball gloves. I play mostly shortstop and left field, and I like being able to get the ball out of my glove quickly.

My current glove is actually a Wilson A2911, which is slightly (but not very much) different from the A2000. I have had it for over ten years, and it has survived three nights a week of competitive softball, snagging everything hit its way. I broke it in with glove oil, a baseball, and a rubberband, and lots of games of evening catch, as has been passed down from generation to generation. It is, of course floppier than when I got it, but it still has a great pocket, and the leather in the palm still protects my hand from hot smashes (I do wear a batting glove underneath it when I play competitive ball).

My Wilson is like an old friend to me and I would be traumatized if I lost it. I have NO intention of replacing it in the near future. In fact, I think I've only had it re-strung once--a real testament to its quality of construction.

There are quality gloves out there by several different manufacturers, and you have to go with what feels comfortable to YOU. But I recommend Wilson gloves, and especially the A2000 and similar models, without reservation.

To all moms and dads: If you are buying a baseball glove for your son or daughter (especially as they approach their teens), please do spend the extra money for a quality glove. To a ball player, your glove is like a part of your body. It's worth it to buy one that will last for years. And teach 'em how to break it in properly as well.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Chris Mason, from Salt Lake City, UT
Date Reviewed: 01/06/2002 7:40:55 PM
 
 

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My dad bought me a Wilson A2000XL for my 14-year-old campaign in American Legion ball. The glove was heavyweight full-grain steerhide and had the same "dual-hinge web" that you see today on several A2000 models. It came stiff and unoiled, and it took a good half-season to break in properly. At 12.5" it was perfect for outfield, which is mostly what I played then. That glove went on to survive 20+ seasons of play. At a whopping $130 in 1974 (yes! I am that old!), at the time it was the most expensive and finest fielders' glove on the market.

It's safe to say that Wilson would not be able to make the same claim of today's A2000's. The A2000 is still probably the world's most recognized glove line, but it is no longer even Wilson's top brand. (The "A3000" series now has that honor.) And today's A2000's certainly don't last 20 years. A year ago I purchased my son an A2000 infielder's glove for his 12-year old season: already it is showing significant wear.

Wilson really has two model lines called "A2000"–the A2000 Pro-Stock line, and the A-2000 Quick-Stop line. The Pro-Stock line has 17 different fielder's gloves; the Quick-Stop line has 4 different fielder's gloves. Gloves in both lines range in size from 10.75 to 12.5". Some have open webs, some closed, either in a basket-weave or the classic "dual hinge." The A2000 brand also includes five catcher's mitts and four 1st baseman's mitts, all Pro-Stock.

The difference between the two lines is the leather. "Pro-Stock" leather is a full-grain* steerhide, medium to heavy-weight. "Quick-Stop" is a top-grain steerhide (Wilson claims it is full-grain, but it clearly is not), medium weight. "Quick-Stop" has an artificial grain stamped on it to make it more pebbly, and, it is claimed, better able to stop spin on a ball.

*"Full grain" means that the entire natural leather grain remains from the "fur" (or top) side of the skin. Full grain leathers are the most durable kind, and usually come from the highest quality skins. Top grain leather comes from top quality skins, but perhaps not the highest quality. The surface of "top grain" leather has been sanded and the grain at least partially removed, then, an artificial grain is imposed. For a more detailed discussion of baseball glove leather, see my epinion, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Choosing A Little League Glove (But Didn't Know Who To Ask)."

Wilson's ads claim that the A2000 was designed in 1957 by the game's "top professional ball players," calling to mind the likes of Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron, none of whom had anything to do with the design of the glove. Most of the A2000 models now offered are, in fact, new designs.

The glove I had was more or less the same design as the current A2000 PSTXL, which Wilson now says is a "pitcher's model," but which in my day was the outfield model. (Wilson's current outfield models, the A2000 PSB1798 and A2000 YBG, feature elongated designs that have become popular with today's major leaguers. Clearly, these models were not designed in 1957.) Based on in-store examination, the biggest difference in the two models is that the current model is somewhat lighter and uses somewhat lighter-weight leather.

My A2000 XL took forever to break in, but once it was broken in, it was fantastic. The great thing about the stiff, unoiled gloves of my day was that you could break them in so that they fit your particular hand, resulting in a custom-made feel. Your glove really did seem like an extension of your hand, and when you tried on someone else's glove, it never felt right. It took longer to break in those old A2000's than today's gloves, which are made of thinner, more flexible leather, but the ultimate result was superior.

Fast forward to today. My son has the A2000 1788QS. Made of Quick-Stop leather, it has proven to be highly reliable–the ball pretty much sticks when it hits the glove. (Perhaps there is something to Wilson's claims for Quick-Stop leather, after all.) The leather is lighter and more flexible than Pro-Stock, needing only a minimal break-in period. And since it was already 90% broken in, it fits my hand just as well as it fits his hand. My son swears by it, but it appears that it has perhaps only one more good season in it.

And that's really the rub when it comes to the A2000 line of gloves. The old gloves were only for those who had the time and inclination to break them in right. Now, Wilson appears to have decided that today's players want gloves that feel good in the store and break in right away–Wilson's own website even has an interactive poll asking what players look for in a glove, and 60% choose comfort. Heck--just check out any other "review" of baseball gloves on epinions: chances are it was written by a, well, a young person who thinks his glove is "the best" because he "didn't even have to break it in." But something has been lost by catering to the perceived desire for instant gratification that so permeates American society. Ultimately, today's A2000's are not more comfortable than my ancient one--once it was broken in–-but today's models are far more comfortable in the store than mine was. A2000's are still excellent gloves, but the custom-made feel and iron durability of the old gloves is probably gone forever.  

 
  Reviewed by: David Fogg, from Maimi, FL, USA
Date Reviewed: 11/7/2001
 
 

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WHY AN A2000?
I purchased my Wilson A2000 Gold Series glove my freshman year of high school. I had to choose between a Rawlings, Mizuno Pro Series, and Wilson A2000 line. The feel of a Rawlings glove was very flexible, yet the leather was much 'thinner' than the Mizuno or the Wilson. The Mizuno glove had a more 'broken-in' feel, but didn't have quite the appeal that I wanted in a glove. The A2000 was the glove I wanted. It was quite stiff and I knew I had to spend the next couple of weeks to oil it and break it in. The glove feels very solid and when broken in, it's very loyal to your hands. I purchased the 11" infielders' glove at a local sporting goods store for $190 in 1988. I played 3rd base most of the time and occasionally played shortstop. It is, by far, the most responsive glove I've owned.

DURABILITY:
Most of the Wilson A2000 gloves are made in Korea. Korea is known for producing quality leather goods and baseball/softball gloves are one of the country's specialties. A2000s used to be made in the U.S. at one point, but Wilson found it to be much cheaper and better quality to produce it overseas. I recently browsed the glove section at a local sports store and found an A2000 glove for $200. It was still made in Korea. My twelve-year old glove looks and feels like it will last another decade and more!

PLAYABILITY:
I don't think you can really count on a baseball glove to give you super-powers, but with the Wilson A2000, it will definitely help you achieve that state of thought. Catching and fielding balls will become more and more natural and the glove actually grows on you like it's a part of you. Seriously.

OVERALL:
The glove is pretty spendy to just go out and buy to use for a couple of seasons. The Wilson A2000 is for serious players that want a high quality glove that will last them a majority of their lifetime. Just like any other equipment, your A2000 glove will need to be taken care of. Some things you might want to consider during the off-season is to oil your glove so that it doesn't dry out and crack. It's important to form your glove with a few pairs of socks and tie it with a shoe string or rope. If you do these things, there's no doubt that the Wilson A2000 is the only glove you'll ever own.

 

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  Reviewed by:  Dale, from Englewood, CA,  USA
Date Reviewed: 6/14/2001
 
 

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First Baseman Gloves:
The newest A-2000 model for a first baseman’s glove is a real nice glove. It comes in tan or black. It is made from pro stock leather, and features a finger sleeve. Now you might be wondering what a finger sleeve is and what it’s doing on a baseball glove. I will tell you. It is a sleeve for the index finger that is outside of the glove. Just about every glove has a hole for the index finger to poke out of. This glove has a sleeve for that finger to hide behind incase a ball hits the finger, it won’t bend back or break. The same goes incase the finger is struck or kicked by a cleat while applying a tag, it is safe in the sleeve. This is the same model glove that Chicago Cub’s Star Mark Grace used. Price $159.95

Catcher’s Mitts:
Wilson makes some really nice catchers mitts. Their most popular one is the black A-2000 model. It is made from pro stock leather. It is standard size as far as catcher’s mitts go. It has the finger sleeve for the index finger to prevent injury or harm. The standard size is 34 inches in circumference. It is only made for righties.Price $149.95
Their new A-2000 mitt is made from the new SuperSkin which makes the glove twice as strong and half the weight. It has extra padding for the palm of the hand for those hard throwing pitchers. It has a two piece web with a conventional open back. It is slightly smaller than the previous mitt I have mentioned. Some catchers like this for control and quickness, personally I like it bigger. It is tan in color and only is made for right handed throwers. Price $159.95

Infielders Gloves:
This is the area where Wilson is well ahead of the competition. Their infielders gloves are among the best and can frequently be seen on the hands of many Major Leaguer’s. The newest model of the A-2000 is the 11 1/4 inch glove. It is black with a gray webbing. It is made from American Steer hide. It comes with a pre curved finger design which helps in breaking it in and keeping a good form. The web is the H style. This one only comes in a right handed thrower model. Price $159.95
The 11 ½ inch model is also an excellent glove that is worn by Cinncinati Red’s Shortstop, Barry Larkin. It has the Wilson Conform feature built in which helps adjust the glove to your hand by simply turning the dial. It also is made of hand selected American Steer hide but this one also has “SuperSkin”. This feature doubles the strength of the glove and apparently makes it half the weight. The webbing is in the T style. This one also only is available in the right handed throw model. Price $199.95

Outfielders Gloves:
Their best outfielders model is the one worn by San Francisco Giant’s great, Barry Bonds. It is a very long 12 ½ inch glove that helps reach those fingertip balls that you so often see just hitting the tip of an outfielders glove. This glove has the conform system with a twist of the dial it automatically fits to your hand. It is black and tan in color. It comes in the left handed or right handed throw model. Price $199.95
Their other 12 ½ inch model features a duel welting pattern and pro stock leather. It has a fastback single post web. It comes in lefty or righty models. Price $159.95

Pitcher’s Gloves:
Wilson actually makes a glove that is specifically designed just for pitchers. I know of no other glove manufacturer who does the likes. T is 11 3/4 inches long and has the new Two Piece webbing that is catching on like a wildfire. This helps the pitcher hide his grip on the ball with no open holes or visibility for the hitter to see the pitchers grip on the ball. This glove has the same Super Skin feature as Barry Larkin’s model I listed for the infielders. This has the pro sleeve built in for the index finger. Wilson made this feature available for pitchers because they have been known to tip the pitch to the hitter by sometimes wiggling that finger or pointing it one way for one pitch without even knowing. Now they don’t have to worry about that anymore. This one is made for Lefties and Righties. Price $159.95
Another model for the pitchers is the 12 inch ASO model. It is professional stock leather made for the pro’s. It has the pre-curved design, it breaks in very fast, and it’s major feature is the ASO webbing. This also hides the ball from the hitter very nicely. It comes in left or right hands. Price $159.95
 

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Reviewed by: Bill,  from Minnepolis
Date Reviewed: 4/4/2001 8:47:46 AM
 

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I purchased my Wilson A2000 early in my high school playing days, about six years ago. It has been everything and more than I expected out of a first rate glove.

I know that Wilson came out with a new line of gloves, the Conform, and I have tried those out. They seem to contain a little bit too much leather, have that fancy gadget tightening system, and are priced at about two hundred. The Conform seems very over-rated to me.

The A2000 I have is approximately the 12.5 inch model. It is ideal for pitchers and infielders, in particular third base. Although I do not regard it as being too large, some middle infielders may want a smaller glove. I recall that Wilson had one named and styled after Barry Larkin.

The A2000 still is the best glove I have ever had. I also owned a Gold Glove, made by Rawlings, and an Easton, and I will take the A2000 series over its competitors any day.

 

 
  Reviewed by: wind storm ,  from shock city
Date Reviewed: 2/12/2001 5:53:08 PM
 
 

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Wilson by far makes the best gloves. The have strength and durability that will outlast any glove on the market. I bought a wilson a few years ago that looks the the same now then when I just bought it. What I like about it is that the Wilson comes already broke in when you buy it. You do not have to waist you time oiling it up and breaking it in. If you don't have a glove and playing in a game the next day. Just buy a Wilson. No need to break it in. Just buy it, take it out, and play with it. Its that simple. The leather has great strength and you will never have to buy another glove. You might think that $175 is a lot of money. But you have to realize the quality of glove you are getting. This glove will last you until you can't raise your arm to through anymore. If you get one of those cheap gloves that range from $10 to $35, you will have to just buy another one in a few months. Not to mention that you have to
spend the time breaking it in. That is where the money is. You will just have to buy another glove every time you turn around. So buy a Wilson, and reap the benefits.

 

 
  Reviewed by: Tim,  from Savannah, GA USA
Date Reviewed: 1/4/2001 9:39:06 AM
 
 

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Man, do I ever miss my Wilson A2000. Not so much right now, as it is Winter here in Boston, but once the snow starts to melt and Spring is in the air, I know that I may grow a bit misty as I recall those happy moments in the field with my A2000, the best baseball glove I ever owned. Sure, I can get a new one, and I will, but it will take time to break it in to the perfect comfort I enjoyed with my old one.

I received the A2000 as a gift, (a very generous gift at that), and immediately loved the thing. It was comfortable beyond belief, and playing with this great glove gave me a newfound confidence in the field... that may sound cheesy, but I have found it to be true. The A2000 is simply a durable and excellent glove, and I have never played with another glove which can even approach it. Unfortunately, it prices itself out of the range of many players who would benefit from playing with it, but top-end stuff doesn't come cheap, and the A2000 lasts.

To my chagrin, some unscrupulous person stole my Wilson A2000 after a game and I will need to start Spring 2001 with a new glove. There is no doubt in my mind that it will be another A2000. I recommend it highly-- if you take good care of it you will catch balls with it for years and years (and years) to come... and watch out for those shady characters at the diamond. If they have a beautifully broken-in A2000 with the initials "CGN" on the outside thumb, kick them in the shins for me.

 

 
  Reviewed by: Nancy,  from Minneapolis
Date Reviewed: 8/21/2000 9:59:26 AM
 
 

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Well it's amazing how quickly baseball season has begun to roll around again. So, with that in mind, I felt it necessary to write my opinion on my latest glove purchase the Wilson A2000 series.

For starters, ever since I first tried on a glove I have not been willing to put any other glove on other than Rawlings. However, after my last Rawlings glove(a Heritage Series model) disappointed me greatly I decided to "test the market" on other models of gloves. My Heritage Series Rawlings glove was a nice glove and had worked well for me but after only two months of wearing it the inside began getting totally worn out and the basket web pocket began to get very loose at the back as a result of fielding numerous ground balls.

I figured that maybe this glove was just a coincidence but I spoke to several teammates and even players from different teams and several of them had similar troubles with their Rawlings gloves. So this is when I began looking around for another glove.

I eventually came across the Wilson A2000 series and fell in love with the look and feel of this glove. The inside of the glove is very soft and smooth and provides great support on hard line drives and reduces the great pain of catching a line drive right in the palm as I am sure any infielder has experienced.

The glove is made from U.S. pro stock leather and is extremely durable(although I have only had mine for a little over a year after reading some reviews on here and talking to others this glove has always been extremely durable lasting several years at least). I also like the double-hinged web or pocket. I always used to like the closed pocket look but this model struck my eye with the look of the pocket and the double hinging provides pretty solid support.

As for the bad about the glove, $160 is a pretty steep price to pay for a baseball glove so if you are looking in this range I highly recommend you shop around for the exact look and feel that you like but hopefully this opinion will help guide you towards the right choice.

In closing, I would just like to say that I am extremely glad I made the switch from Rawlings to Wilson and wish that I would have considered the switch earlier. However, this experience also taught me the great importance of shopping around for the best glove for me regardless of the name on the outside. Thanks for your time.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Todd H, from Pomfret Center, CT
Date Reviewed: 7/6/2000 1:58:16 PM
 
 

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