Originally written on Sports Business Digest  |  Last updated 10/14/14
Mlb_jun_23_2ec5
Andrew McCutchen is proving that marketable baseball stars can still exist in Pittsburgh, after all. The Pirates starting center fielder, who is coming off a season where he finished third in the major leagues in batting average (.327), has signed an endorsement deal with Georgia-based EvoShield.  McCutchen was first introduced to the product back in 2009, as a rookie, "I was wearing another, heavier shin guard at the time, and it broke, so the training staff introduced me to the EvoShield leg guard," McCutchen recalls.  "I tried it out and instantly fell in love with it.  It's light, durable, and I cannot even tell I'm wearing it while I'm playing." EvoShield, which is known for its "gel-to-shell" fitting process that allows users to mold the equipment to custom fit their bodies, can be found in every major league clubhouse, and among some NFL standouts including Drew Brees, Robert Griffin III and Arian Foster. "I'm very proud to be working with EvoShield – to be part of the 'EvoArmy' and join the elite class of athletes they have built is an honor," McCutchen said.  "This equipment is something we wear for a reason – it keeps us safe and protects us, while giving us the confidence to play at our highest level every day." Under the partnership, McCutchen will offer input on product design and will appear in EvoShield marketing initiatives both online and in print. Since day one, the athletes partnering with EvoShield have had a say in the kind of game protection they need, and McCutchen will be no exception. "I am definitely looking forward to working with EvoShield," McCutchen offered.  "I've already started working with their design team on some product innovation ideas, which shows you they care about creating athlete-authentic products." EvoShield is an Official Protective Supplier of Major League Baseball, with their products being sold at a variety of national, retail outlets.  Other MLB players using EvoShield products include Troy Tulowitzki, Gordon Beckham and Yadier Molina. (via EvoShield Press Release)
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Peyton Manning sets NFL touchdown passing record

Report: CJ Spiller suffers broken collarbone

DeMarco Murray sets record with another 100-yard game

Report: Things got 'ugly' in Bears' locker room after loss

Rams beat Seahawks thanks to gutsy fake punt call

Brian Kelly unloads on officials for pass interference call

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Redskins bench Kirk Cousins for Colt McCoy

Brett Favre: I got calls about playing last season

Joseph Randle partners with underwear company after arrest

Report: Seahawks asked about Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron

Florida fans chant for Will Muschamp to be fired

Gennady Golovkin scores second-round knockout win

Video: Alec Burks breaks Kobe Bryant's ankles

WATCH: Sean Payton has tense exchange with reporter

Darnell Dockett mocks Raiders fans with whiteboard

WATCH: Tony Romo nearly runs over Alex Rodriguez

WATCH: Prince Amukamara pulls Dwayne Harris' hair

What was the meaning behind Doug Baldwin's TD celebration?

Luke Kuechly ejected after questionable call

WATCH: Giovanni Bernard gets leveled by Vontae Davis

WATCH: Rams run awesome trick play for punt return TD

Kyle Orton shaves his epic mustache

Florida State beats Notre Dame 31-27 in thriller

LenDale White goes off on USC AD after being escorted out

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Report: Marshall calls out Jay Cutler

Darnell Dockett mocks Raiders fans

Brian Kelly unloads on officials

WATCH: Rams run punt return trick play for TD

Joseph Randle now an underwear spokesman?

Ex-Trojans RB escorted out after USC game

FSU tops Notre Dame in thriller

Fans chant for Muschamp's head

Popovich zings Suns owner

Golden Tate reacts to Percy Harvin trade

N.J. gov signs sports betting bill into law

WATCH: Tulane QB Nick Montana spikes ball on 4th down

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.