Breaking Down the 10 Best Baseball Cleats This Season

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As the NBA and NHL playoffs wind down and the NFL Draft wraps up this weekend, baseball is beginning to take center stage. Gear up for baseball season as the boys of summer begin to take full swing with some of our favorite baseball cleats out this spring.

While baseball cleats have not always been the most exciting athletic footwear categories, the metal cleated shoes have gotten extra attention in the past few seasons. Thanks to

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9-Spike Advanced Mizuno Pro Elite

Key Feature: 9-Spike Advanced outsole
Worn by: Jordan Zimmermann, Michael Pineda

Equipped with a premium suede upper, the Mizuno Pro Elite uses nine spikes instead of the traditional seven for superior traction and maximum comfort.


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Under Armour Yard Mid ST Baseball Cleats

Key Feature: MicroG Foam Cushioning
Worn by: Buster Posey

The elimination of extra-fabric supplies increased mobility, while a form-fitting CompFit ankle construction delivers an extra boost of speed.


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Under Armour Spine Highlight ST Baseball Cleats

Key Features: CompFit construction
Worn by: Bryce Harper, Brandon Phillips

A super-high CompFit construction offers ankle support and flexibility, while the UA Spine technology keeps you stable and explosive.


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adidas  Adizero 5-Tool 2.5 Cleats

Key Feature: SprintFrame Construction
Worn by: Justin Upton, BJ Upton

Built for maximum speed, adidas' SprintFrame construction offers the perfect balance between a lightweight cleat and stability.


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New Balance Low-Cut 4040v2

Key Feature: REVlite midsole
Worn by: Asdrubal Cabrera, Andre Either, Curtis Granderson, Joe Nathan, Hanley Ramirez, and Mark Trumbo

Combining both speed and power, the 4040v2 from new Balance blends a fast low-profile look with a powerful cushion and grip.


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Jordan Jeter LUX Metal Baseball Cleat

Key Feature: Pebx propulsion plate
Worn by: Derek Jeter

The Jumpman does baseball with the Jeter Lux cleat. An encapsulated air-sole unit in the ball of the foot assures impact protection on the base paths.


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Nike Air Huarache Pro Mid Metal

Key Feature: Nike Air unit
Worn by: Troy Tulowitzki, Matt Kemp, and Giancarlo Stanton, Nolan Arenado

A lightweight TPU plate and a strategically placed nine cleat system make for excellent traction and durability.


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3N2 Pulse+

Key Feature: Advanced outsole
Worn by: Ryan Braun

Varying cleat lengths enhance lateral quickness and enable explosive acceleration, while an EVA midsole minimizes cleat pressure points.


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Nike Air Max MVP Elite 3/4 Metal

Key Feature: Flywire Upper
Worn by: Robinson Cano

Lightweight and durable Max Air absorbs shock and cushions the shoulder, while Nike Zoom units in the forefoot deliver responsive cushioning.


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Mizuno 9-Spike Vapor Elite 7 (Mid)

Key Features: ProFlex
Worn by: Brett Gardner, Adam Wainwright, Billy Butler, Corey Hart, David Ross, Desmond Jennings, Drew Storen, Ike Davis, and Jonny Venters

An all metal outsole makes for added traction, stability and support. ProFlex allows the foot to flex through multi-flex zones.

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