After some time with the Game Model Cabrera Wilson MC24 A2000 glove and its counterpart 2800, we put together this review. On the whole, Miggy’s Tiger colored first base mitt with top shelf leather and a wide single post web design is great for the serious first baseman. We would recommend the glove to those who both like the color and need one of the most recognized quality 1-bag gloves on the market. As a 12-inch full leather glove, it is by no means light, but its heft adds to the durability. Expect, as well, a unique web lacing.
Wilson MC24 A2000 Miguel Cabrera Glove Review
Wilson MC24 A2000 Miguel Cabrera Glove Review Sources
We referenced a number of sources while putting together this Wilson MC24 review. You may also find them helpful. Most useful was our review on the Wilson 2800. As it is a very similar pattern to the MC24, it comes with a very similar review and recommendation. We also found our Wilson Game Model Glove review helpful.
Offsite, we paid close attention to Wilson’s glove site and the MC24 product page. As well, closeoutbats’ product section on the MC24 from Wilson was helpful, too.
Wilson MC24 A2000 Review: Recommendations
Miguel Cabrera’s Game Model glove is recommended for serious first basemen who like a full leather glove and Tigers’ colors. The MC24’s use of a single wide post on the web gives it a traditional feel with a very large opening.
No less than ten MLB players use the similarly designed Wilson 2800 glove. That serves as a serious testament to the productive 1st base pattern found in the MC24 (and the 2800).
We should note, however, the MC24 stock model is an A2000 glove. That means it uses a Pro-Stock leather Wilson harvests specifically for use in its ball gloves. The stock A2000 leather is less premium than the A2K leather and is a far cry from the Pro Issue glove leather Miggy actually gets on his glove.
The MC24 A2000 is often referred to under Wilson’s nomenclature as a Game Model glove. This means the glove is designed after the exact specs of the glove Miguel Cabrera uses in real life. This is mostly true. The glove’s dimensions, color schemes and lace patterns are built to the exact specifications MIggy finds in his glove. To the untrained eye, the gloves look similar, as they are built to look that way.
However, although they do have much in common, the A2000 Miggy wears on game days employs a Pro-Issue leather only reserved for the best gloves. Wilson does not, for example, simply take one of the A2000’s off the assembly line and ship it to the Tigers’ club house. Rather, the Pro-Issue MC24 you see on Cabrera’s hands are not for sale to the public and come with a premium leather and work in. The A2000 use nice leather for sure, but it is not a Pro-Issue glove.
At least in terms of leather quality, the most similar glove to the Pro-Issue MC24 is the A2K 2800. In terms of color design and lace pattern, the A2000 MC24 is your best bet.
Wilson MC24 A2000 Review: Comparable Gloves
A2K & A2000 2800
The Wilson 2800 is a similarly patterned first baseman’s glove to the MC24. However, the 2800 comes in an A2K as well as an A2000 model, whereas the MC24 only comes in an A2000. As well, the MC24 uses a different lace pattern for the single post web as well as a wider single bar. Those two features are things Miguel Cabrera requested specifically.
In practice, the A2K is more like Cabrera’s actual game model glove as it comes stock with the Pro-Stock Preferred Leather. Miggy’s real game MC24 comes with Pro-Issued leather which is another step above the A2K’s leather. The A2000 Game Model version of the MC24 uses quality leather, no doubt, but it is a far cry from the A2K stock leather and an even farther cry from the Pro-Issue leather Miggy has on his gloves.
As we write in our 2800 review, the most comparable glove to the Wilson 2800 outside of the Wilson brand is the Shoeless 1200FB. It also runs a 12-inch design with a single post webbing. However, Shoeless uses the faux leather on the backhand of the wrist while A2K’s and A2000 use a dry system. It is a much different feel, at least at first use.
The leather on the A2000 MC24 and the 12000FB Shoeless is comparable. Of course each company will argue their leather is better, but it is a comparable glove in quality to the A2000.