Wilson has released a handful of special edition gloves under the “Aso’s Lab” umbrella in the past. These represent new patterns or modifications largely developed by Wilson Master Glove Craftsman Shigeaki Aso. This version features two patterns, one pitcher and one in-frame, which build on the success of Wilson’s relatively new 1810 field pattern.
The 1723SS was designed for infielders who wear their gloves with two fingers in the pinky position. The redesigned wrist wrap is made to hug the players hand. This adjustment is intended to lock down the glove while landing ground balls to the glove side or backhand. The finger posts have also been modified to better accommodate a two-on-the-piny grip. SuperSkin has been added to improve longevity and the black SnakeSkin accents add extra flair to the 1723SS.
The new pattern of 12″ B23 launchers take all of the same custom internal tailpipes from the 1810 (and now the 1723). The result is a glove for the bump with the same fit of two on the little finger. The B23 also features a finger hood offset toward the middle finger to allow for the glove’s intended grip without tipping pitches.
The B23 also features a new net that we saw in spring training this year. Wilson calls this closed network the Swordsman’s Network. A black SnakeSkin leather inlay is accented by white stitching on this Aso’s Lab model for a clean look.
Both of Wilson’s Aso Lab models are available now for $400, but supplies are likely to be limited.