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All Star Sporting Goods Fielding Gloves

All Star Sporting Goods is the manufacturer of All Star baseball and softball gloves. The company is family orientated and have established a reputation for putting out the finest gloves any baseball or softball catcher can wear during their career. Over the course of their existence, they have strived to give those who use their gloves the best tool for the job and more often than not, have succeeded at just that.

The company produced more than just gloves for catchers. They produce their gloves for players of any position, but are known mostly for their gloves for the pitchers’ best friend. These gloves are used by several Major League Baseball stars on today and the past including Mike Napoli, Jose Molina, Jason Varitek, Brian Schneider, Raul Chavez, AJ Ellis, and recent big league call-up Xavier Cedeno.

These professional athletes have become used to wearing these gloves made with exclusive Japanese tanned steer hide. This material is known to break in quickly and has an extended life period. The gloves also feature soft tan leather pockets which give you the solid pop sound when catching a fastball. They also use stiffer leather for the backing of the glove which also helps increase its length of life and provides an ideal amount of support.

One aspect about these gloves that make them so popular with professional baseball and softball players is the fact that each glove is made by hand. Instead of trusting machines to stitch ever part of the glove together and take care of the labor, human hands are used. Anyone that has used an All Star glove made by hand, they will attest to the fact that they are at the top of the food chain in terms of glove manufacturers.

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Calling All Atlanta Braves Fans

A couple weeks back, I had a couple of days to myself. With snow falling and work cancelled for the day, I suddenly had an extended weekend and I decided to write a book. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I will direct those who are interested in my mindset to go to Safaris and Sunsets where I was interviewed on the process.

Anyways, as a fan of Atlanta Braves, baseball in general, and the history of the sport, I decided that the book I was going to write was going to be about my favorite team. I researched the greatest players to ever wear their jersey and I thought to myself, who deserves to be known as one of the best 25 players in the history of such a storied franchise? After completing my list, I began writing the book and two days later, it was completely written and by the end of the weekend, it was professionally edited and I submitted it to Amazon Kindle and prepared the paperback version on Create Space.

Now, several weeks later, the book [Top 25 Atlanta Braves Players of All Time] is published and ready for purchase in electronic format and paperback. This year has already been so great for me professionally and this book release is the first of many planned. In the coming weeks, there will be two more “Top 25” books, first for the Boston Red Sox and then the New York Yankees. In the meantime, I want to give my readers easy access to purchasing the Atlanta book in whichever format works for you and your family. When you’re done reading the Atlanta book, or any of the others that will be released soon, please do come back here and let me know what you thought. Who shouldn’t have made the cut and who should have. To order the paperback copy, click the banner below and for ebook, simply click here.

Top 25 Atlanta Braves Players of All Time

2014 MLB Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

In 2013, no player was selected to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. In 2014, things changed in a big way. Three players were selected to join the elite group of baseball legends this year including two former Atlanta Braves.

Let’s take a look back on the careers of those that were selected to join the 2014 MLB Hall of Fame class.

Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux

The Mad Dog won four National League Cy Young awards from 1992-95, which is something only one other pitcher (Randy Johnson) has been able to make that statement. Maddux finished his career with a 355-227 career record with a 3.16 ERA. He is considered by many to be the greatest pitcher of his generation and received 97.2 percent of the vote to be elected into the hall.

Tom Glavine

Tom Glavine

Glavine spent most of his career with the Braves and was the recipient of two NL Cy Young awards (1991, 1998). he was a 10-time All-Star and was a major factor in the Atlanta World Series run in 1995, going 2-0, pitching eight shutout innings of one-hit ball in the clinching game against the Cleveland Indians. His performance won him the World Series MVP award and he was the last pitcher to enter the prestigious 300-win club. He earned 91.9 percent of the vote to join the Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas

Thomas entered the league in 1990 with the Chicago White Sox and spent most of his career with the team. The five-time All-Star was a two-time American League MVP (1993-94) and finished his career with a .301 average and 521 home runs. He played at a time where many players were believed to have taken steroids, but Big Hurt was never linked to any scandal. He earned 83.7 percent of the vote to join the 2014 MLB Hall of Fame.

Unfortunately, one player that deserved to be enshrined this year, Craig Biggio, missed the cut by 0.20 percent. He got 74.8 percent of the vote and will be a lock for the 2015 MLB Hall of Fame class. As a member of the 3,000 hit club, it was shocking that Biggio missed the cut in his first year, but he will be recognized for his achievements soon enough.

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