Plastic vs Metal Cleats: What the Best Baseball Players are Wearing and Why

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When we were in T-Ball, our cleats were plastic. They were safe and kid-friendly. When I graduated from Little League and moved on to Junior League and high school ball, I left plastic behind and laced up metal “spikes” as my high school coach made sure we called them. The dagger-like metals gave me a sense that I was playing a more tenacious game at a higher level. It felt more “official.”

If you had that same feeling as I did when you first stepped into a metal spike, and you study MLB baseball as I do, you’ve probably been shocked to see the number of pro ballplayers wearing MCS (plastic) cleats these days. They’re being worn by both infielders and outfielders, big boppers and base-stealers.

Why plastic over metal? The prevailing thought amongst MCS-wearing pros is that the MCS are easier on the feet. They’re lighter and because they have more cleats, they distribute weight better with less pressure points. Though we may not feel it on a day-to-day basis, a 162 game season makes those differences significant enough that many of the world’s elite players are making the switch. Not so fast, though as plenty of great players still have their metal spikes planted firmly in the ground. This is Plastic vs Metal: What the Best Players Wearing Them and Why.

Mike Carozza writes for, the ultimate source for discovering the gear that the pros wear, and adding that gear to your game. Check them out on Instagram for the latest in baseball style.

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  • Graham

    Awesome article!

    • What Pros Wear

      thanks a lot Graham

  • JJB

    solid piece. very informative.

    • What Pros Wear

      thanks JJB

    • What Pros Wear

      thanks JJB