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Reds receive custom 'new toys' on Glove Day

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- It was a chilly Saturday morning outside the Reds' Spring Training complex but that didn't matter to the players who wanted to stop and visit with the representatives from Wilson Gloves before going inside where it was warm.

Reds players that use Wilson include starting pitcher Homer Bailey, shortstop Jose Peraza, outfielder Phillip Ervin, reliever Kevin Quackenbush and top prospect Nick Senzel.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- It was a chilly Saturday morning outside the Reds' Spring Training complex but that didn't matter to the players who wanted to stop and visit with the representatives from Wilson Gloves before going inside where it was warm.

Reds players that use Wilson include starting pitcher Homer Bailey, shortstop Jose Peraza, outfielder Phillip Ervin, reliever Kevin Quackenbush and top prospect Nick Senzel.

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"I always love the new gloves," Ervin said. "It's like a new little toy for me. I get to break it in, play with it and custom mold it how I want."

Senzel, rated by MLB Pipeline as the Reds' No. 1 prospect, needed new gloves to help make his switch from third base to shortstop. He had an 11.75 inch model A2000 for his original position but went to 11.5 inches for shortstop. The smaller glove makes it easier to get the ball out faster and make throws.

"It's just exciting to get a new glove every year," Senzel said. "You look forward to coming to Spring Training, you get all of these gifts and presents. Glove Day is the most exciting day, I think. You get a couple of gloves, including your customized one. It's a cool experience for all of us."

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Wilson lets the players customize their gloves, including the embroidered names stitched on the side. Senzel chose "JS Family MS," with the initials representing his father, Jeff, and sister, Madison. The three have the same inscription tattooed on their wrists.

Ervin's model from last year appropriately has "I got it," stitched on it, since he's an outfielder. This year, he chose "Stay hungry," as he tries to make Cincinnati's 25-man roster.

However, Ervin's new glove won't get pressed into game service soon.

"I use the one I got last year," Ervin said. "I'll probably break it in the whole year before bringing it in [a game]. I usually use the one I got the year before so I can break it how I want it to be."

Senzel also doesn't rush new gloves into games.

"It takes a little bit," Senzel said. "Obviously I want to try and break them in quick. It will take a while."

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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