Wilson Launches 2022 A2000 Glove Line, Introduces New Game Models
Wilson launched the 2022 A2000 glove line and with it a mix of new game models that update both technologies and aesthetics on the popular Wilson product.
The A2000 lineup already received a significant update last year with the brand's Comfort Pro Fit designs and Spin Control Technology, so this year's revisions placed a focus on providing new looks to iconic patterns while adding SuperSkin and updated Spin Control patterns, says Aaron Gillette, Wilson ball glove product manager.
The specific updates feature a 1786 11.5" infield model and 1799 outfield model gaining new looks and SuperSkin getting added to the 1786SS model and both the Tim Anderson and Ke'Bryan Hayes game models. Two new Spin Control patterns were included for infielders on the A2000 SC1787 11.75" and the Pedroia Fit model.
The Hayes and Anderson game models represent new additions to the A2000 line, while Mookie Betts changed up his signature model with the 2022 A2K MB50.
"Ke'Bryan Hayes is one of the up-and-coming stars in the league and has made highlight reel play after highlight reel play," Gillette says. "This year he wanted a glove that represented the city of Pittsburgh with its colors, while also prioritizing SuperSnakeSkin to keep the glove light at the hot corner."
Anderson has long used his A2000 G4 pattern with reinforced H-Web for extra padding, but the A2000 TA7 GM now features grey SuperSnakeSkin for lightness and an aesthetic nod to his "Southside roots."
"Anderson added red bold logos for a touch of flair and style that Tim is known for," Gillette says.
Wilson has worked with Betts over the years and his updated model brings his background as an infielder into a small, light outfield glove, the only 12.5" outfield glove offered in the A2K lineup. Betts uses royal and white SuperSkin and red laces for aesthetic flair.
Wilson's Legion of Leather game models also include Jose Abreu's A2K, Ozzie Albies' A2K and Clayton Kershaw's A2000. Expect to see a Matt Chapman A2K and a Juan Soto A2K join the Wilson game model lineup later in 2021.
Gillette says SuperSkin continues as a popular addition to the A2000 line. "It is used by over one hundred MLB athletes and countless fastpitch athletes as well," he says. "With baseball, many of our gloves trended toward blacks and traditional leathers."
Along with the A2000 updates for 2022, Wilson unveiled a new A1000 lineup with pro-style patterns and game-ready leather at a less expensive price point than the A2000.
For fastpitch players, the A2000 H75 and H12 both received updated looks while game models from Aubree Munro, Kelsey Stewart and Sierra Romero all now feature Spin Control Technology. Wilson also released a USA Softball Game Model series this summer featuring the gloves of eight of USA Softball's Olympic roster players that added Delaney Spaulding, Val Arioto, Amanda Chidester, Monica Abbott and Cat Osterman to the mix.
In August, Ali Aguilar will become the first-ever Wilson Advisory Staff fastpitch athlete to release a signature A2K model, bringing her individual twist to the A2K 1787.
Trending colors in fastpitch include traditional leather colors, with Romero's glove a prime example in saddle tan and walnut leather. That said, Gillette says customization in fastpitch is gaining steam, with Stewart's sky-blue glove an example of the first of that color to hit the shelves.
Tim Newcomb covers gear and business for Baseball America. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.