Racine brothers create new protective baseball glove
RACINE - As a new baseball season gets underway, a new piece of equipment is getting buzz around the big leagues.
It is called the Forceout glove, and it is padded in the palm and index finger. The forceout goes underneath your standard glove. The Jaramillo brothers from Racine came up with the idea to take the sting out baseball.
Professional baseball players' hands take a beating, especially catchers. They endure hundreds of pitches a day and thousands of pitches each season.
Jason Jaramillo has been a professional catcher for nearly a decade.
"For me, it was just the swelling in my finger over the course of the season," Jaramillo said in an interview from Houston Astros spring training camp near Orlando. "I brought this weird, wacky idea to my brother, Lee."
Jaramillo's older brother Lee played minor league baseball. The Jaramillos grew up playing backyard ball and little league in Racine. Three of four brothers went on to pro leagues.
"We come from a baseball family and we're catchers, shortstops and different positions," Lee Jaramillo said. "When Jason and I were driving back from Miller Park, he said he needed a glove to help protect his hand,"
Lee is now in real estate. The oldest brother, Frankie, is now a Mount Pleasant police officer. They dusted off the cob webs to give TODAY'S TMJ4 A demo of their forceout glove.
"It's like hitting a baseball on the sweet spot," Lee Jaramillo explained. "Everything that we put into this glove was really carefully designed."
The concept is leather and gel padding where players need it and freedom where they do not. A large portion of the glove is a breatheable fabric to fend off sweat.
"It's for every position, but we think the majority are going to be catchers," he said.
The Jaramillos said Astro's starting catcher Jason Castro is wearing a Forceout glove on the real proving grounds, Major League Baseball.
"Before I could get him one, he took a batting glove and cut the three fingers off himself. He loved the idea," Jason Jaramillo said. "Now we got him a glove, he's been using it everyday since."
For years, Lee and Jason Jaramillo experimented with various versions. They would test it by playing catch in the backyard when Jason was home during the off season.
The Forceout glove is sold online.