A few years back while living in Baltimore, I found out former Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie had a sneaker vault similar to the one Joe Johnson is so famous for. Naturally I was intrigued, not only because, let’s face it, a sneaker vault is freakin’ dope but also because you don’t often hear about baseball players with serious heat. On the field they wear cleats, and off of it? It’s a stereotype, but it just doesn’t feel like sneakers are a big part of baseball culture.
The NFL has a few big sneakerheads, in part because players regularly wear customs on the field and fans can get away with wearing a player’s trainers wherever they go. (Quarterbacks have a long history of sporting unique shoes.) That league has more than a handful of players who deserve their own signature shoes. And basketball, obviously, features players who go out of their way to rock the nicest, most rare shoes you’ll ever see. But in Major League Baseball, you don’t expect to find dudes with legit sneaker knowledge, let alone collections that’ll make your mouth drop.
Guthrie proved himself as a major sneakerhead with all sorts of incredible Air Jordans in his vault, so he’ll naturally be a big part of this list. But as a true sneakerhead — dude was rocking some Toro IVs when he went on a recent Arizona Cardinals ESPN pregame show — he’s not alone on the diamond. With the regular season finished and the playoffs getting intense, concentrate on something other than ERA or RBI. Here are Major League Baseball’s Biggest Sneakerheads.
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