How To Stay Warm During Baseball's Early Weeks

April 4, 2011

Must See Baseball Videos

Baseball season is officially here, at least two weeks in advance of warmer spring temperatures in northern cities. But some might argue that professional baseball players have it easy. While high school athletes are taking ground balls on frozen tundra in places like the Dakotas, major leaguers spent their spring training in sunny Arizona and Florida. Not to mention, when pros do have to play in the cold, they receive the care and comfort of a major league baseball training staff.

Until you reach that level, it's up to you to keep warm this spring. And although you can’t receive the same care as MLB players, you can learn from what they’re doing to keep warm. After all, Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum aren’t chilling in the bullpen in bikini tops [and thank God for that].

To stay at the top of your game, you need to keep your muscles warm and loose throughout the ball game. Check out the products listed below. They can help you stay in top form early on this baseball season.

New Balance High Heat Half Zip Jacket

Whether you’re a batter waiting in the on deck circle or a pitcher trying to stay warm between innings, this jacket from New Balance will keep you more comfortable. It also allows for optimal range of motion, so you can keep your arm loose while your teammates are busy bringing runners home.

Under Armour Midlayer Training Top

This year-round training top, especially useful at the start of the season, is great for warming up your upper body. The moisture transport delivers temperature regulation, so you can take on anything Mother Nature throws your way. With this piece of gear, you’ll be ready to go as soon as the ump yells, “Play ball!”

Nike Pro Compression Baseball Sock
Unfortunately, high school baseball fields rarely get the same TLC as major league fields, so you’re far more likely to get your feet soaking wet on a muddy diamond. Although we can’t hire a professional groundskeeping crew for you, we can introduce you to Nike's compression baseball socks, which will help keep moisture out and your feet dry. They’ll also keep the circulation going in your feet, so you won’t feel cement bricks under your ankles when you run to the warning track at the crack of a bat.

Cutters Endurance Batting Gloves

Getting hit by a pitch is the worst, but next up is the sting you feel in your freezing hands when you hit a ball solidly with a metal bat. Protect your hands from becoming blocks of ice with these batting gloves, which perform in all weather conditions. They come with a C-TACK grip, which minimize grip pressure, causing less muscle tension and allowing quicker bat speed. Top it off with C-TACK’s high-abrasion resistance, and these gloves will last you all season.


Joe Baur
- Joe Baur is a certified personal trainer with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Miami University [Oxford, OH]. He became certified with the National...
Joe Baur
- Joe Baur is a certified personal trainer with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Miami University [Oxford, OH]. He became certified with the National...
Must See
How to Perform the Euro Step With Iman Shumpert
Views: 84,895
Derrick Rose Explains How He Stays Positive
Views: 5,941,524
Abby Wambach Will Do Whatever It Takes
Views: 4,378,561

Featured Videos

A Day in the Life of NBA D-League Star Seth Curry Views: 68,298
Kevin Love's Cone Hop Basketball Shooting Drill Views: 6,362
Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 2: Laying the Groundwork Views: 127,960
Load More


STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers


Latest issues of STACK Magazine


Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice


Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes


Find the latest news relevant to athletes

Most Popular Videos

Perfect Dwyane Wade's Signature Euro Step
Views: 1,308,654
What Ryan Hall Eats for Breakfast
Views: 795,206
STACK Fitness Weekly: How To Do a Muscle-Up
Views: 778,612
Greg Nixon's Hill Training Program
Views: 705,718
Roy Hibbert 540 lbs Deadlift
Views: 1,559,831

Load More
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

Nike Unveils 2015 Pro Bowl Uniforms

The NBA Releases 'BIG Logo' Christmas Day Uniforms

The Evolution of the Team USA Basketball Jersey

Under Armour Launches ClutchFit Technology

NHL's Stadium Series Jerseys Point to the Future

5 Essentials to Stay Warm During Your Winter Workouts

Nike Debuts New Team USA Basketball Uniforms

Injury and Recovery With 110% Compression?

Nike Soccer Reveals Away Jersey for U.S. Men's National Team

Miami Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

adidas Reveals March Madness Uniforms

Indiana University Unveils New Football Helmets

Snoop Dogg Gives New Uniforms to His High School Football Team

The NBA's Sleeved Jerseys Are the Worst and Must Be Stopped

The Best Collection of Alternate Jerseys Ever Assembled

The NFL Unveils Brand New Pro Bowl Uniforms

The Marathon Gear You Need to Stay Comfortable for 26.2 Miles

Columbia Zonafied Softshell Jacket Review

Minnesota Vikings Debut New Uniforms

Real Athlete Reviews: Point 3 Gear

Stephen Curry Leaves Nike, Signs With Under Armour

Charlotte Hornets Unveil Brand New Uniforms

University of Illinois Shows Off Updated Football Uniforms

Review: Icebreaker Merino Wool Performance Apparel

You'll Never Guess What the First Sports Bra Was Made Of

The Best and Worst Retro NFL Jerseys

Oregon Debuts Special Uniforms for Breast Cancer Awareness

Under Armour Presents: UA Gameday Armour

Nebraska Debuts New Alternate Football Uniform

Ralph Lauren Debuts Awesome Fitness Tracking Shirts at U.S. Open

Nike Hyperwarm Holiday Gift Guide

Nike Reveals New Jacksonville Jaguars Uniforms

Reebok Summer Gear for the CrossFit Athlete