Javier Baez, Cubs’ Riveting Second Baseman, Is Leaving Mark on Playoffs

“He’s exciting to watch,” said Ryne Sandberg, the Cubs’ Hall of Fame second baseman, who once won nine consecutive Gold Gloves. “People don’t realize how hard it is to be good at one position. He could win a Gold Glove at four or five different positions.”
No wonder, then, that Baez, rummaging through his locker late Saturday, counted seven gloves in all. He has an additional 30 at home (though he said they are outnumbered by the baseball spikes he owns). The glove he used Saturday night belonged to his brother Gadiel, his name stitched into it. It sat next to another that once belonged to his younger sister, Noely.
“I love to look good,” Baez said. “I’ve got a lot of different color gloves.”
The New York Times - October, 2016


Bronx, NY (May 11, 2015) – CTG/Controlling the Game, a leading manufacturer of sporting goods and apparel and a division of CTG Distributors, is proud to announce its new role as official licensee and distributor of SSK Baseball products in North America and the Caribbean. CTG/Controlling the Game is the first and only US-based company to be awarded the North American and Caribbean distribution license for SSK. The multi-year agreement is exclusive to CTG/Controlling the Game and represents the first time SSK will achieve broad US and Caribbean consumer availability.

Since the 1950s, SSK has produced high performance baseball products of unsurpassed quality, unique designs and advanced technologies that have made the brand popular in Japan. Long before professional Japanese players traveled to the United States to play for big league teams, American players developed an appreciation of SSK’s “Made in Japan” products.

The SSK product line, including baseballs bats, gloves, balls and other professional- caliber accessories, is available across the United States and Caribbean through CTG/Controlling the Game and a variety of retail distribution channels.

“For more than 50 years, SSK has been the brand of choice for baseball luminaries like Don Sutton, Allan Trammel, Roberto Alomar as well as today’s elite players Robinson Cano, Pablo Sandoval, Hiroki Kuroda and others,” said Jorge Medina, President, CTG/Controlling the Game.

“CTG/Controlling the Game is delighted to partner with SSK and looks forward to helping this esteemed brand reach its fullest potential in the USA and Caribbean,” said Gary Kucich, CEO, CTG/Controlling the Game.

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