Friday Night Links

For the next month or so we will be highlighting some products, companies or sites in an attempt to supply you, the loyal Baseball Reflections readers, with some holiday gift ideas for the baseball player(s) in your life.

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If you’re like me, you’ll want to know why co-founders Richie Benes and Merrell Ligons named the company Meyvn. Here’s what I found out from their About Us page on their website.

A Meyvn is a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others.

Their business focus is o the up and coming player and the reason why they started this company can be found out by reading the remaining lines in their description of what a Meyvn is…

We are former professional baseball players that have come from the trenches of the baseball battlefields and have experienced many different qualities in equipment. Our passion for the game has led us to want to provide the best quality in comfort, style, and affordability to upcoming and establish ball players. We are very excited to start this new revoultion of quality and game…We invite anyone who is ready to make the impact with us… Become a Meyvn…

Richie, one of the founders, e-mailed me this extra tidbit of information about their gloves.

Our demographic is the young kids and HS players because we make the pro quality lightweight gloves that are easy to break in which is what they want on the field. The features in our gloves are very important to aspiring players because it increases their hand speed on defense. We also make these gloves affordable, we want players to know they don’t have to pay the high price for a pro glove.
Our gloves are also in the hands of minor league players and independent league players because they heard of us through other players and became interested in us.

Our focus is not getting the gloves on major leaguers, though we would not turn down the opportunity, but we want to provide the younger generation a product that will make a difference on the field and in the mind whether they realize it or not.

Here’s the bio of these two men from that same page on their site.

We’re Baseball Players first and Business People Second.
Merrell Ligons the Meyvn Baseball Company President and CEO is a Former Minor League Shortstop in the Kansas City Royals Organization. Born in Los Angeles California where he attended and graduated from Pacific Palisades High School was an All-City Shortstop in 1995. Merrell Was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1995 June Amateur Draft and played for four seasons. Merrell Holds a Bachelors degree in Management Information Systems and a minor in Economics from Eastern Washington University.

Richie Benes is the VP of Marketing of Meyvn Baseball Company. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Richie was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1996 June Amateur Draft. He played 2nd base in the minor leagues for the KC Royals for 3 seasons as a teammate of Merrell and went on to play independent professional baseball for organizations in the Northern League, Can-Am League, American Association, and the Victorian League in Melbourne, Australia.

Richie has also had a career in the fashion industry working with top clothing enterprises like Sean John, which is owned by Sean”P Diddy” Combs, Vokal, owned by rapper and entrepreneur Nelly and the artist driven brand called Tank Theory Original Artifacts.


Richie went on to say the following about he and his partner about their experience growing up and how it affected them and why they started the business…

Both my partner and I grew up with “hand me down” gloves, we never had a new glove to enjoy until our 1st year of pro ball and we when we did get that glove, it took a long time to use in the game because it was difficult to break in. The other issues we had were the glove was too heavy and our families couldn’t afford it. We know there are many players like us out there and we want to be able to contribute to their playing career.

Now, onto the gloves themselves!

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They have four styles of gloves for both right handed and left handed players.

Their gloves consist of the following lightweight gloves which all are about 1.5 lbs…


An 11.5″ glove for middle infielders


A 12″ first baseman’s mitt


Another 12″ glove for a pitcher or third baseman


A 12.75″ glove for outfielders


Their bats are all made of Ash and come in various colors (Full Dip, Half Dip and Two Tone) and ranging in length from 30″ to 34″ with a Tapered Handle: 0.92.

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  1. Todd Fischer

    November 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Akadema Professional also produce top quality top grain leather baseball and softball gloves. For a full line of Akadema products as well as batting and hitting tees go to

  2. juan yanez

    November 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    was this article about akadema gloves or meyvn gloves? way to throw your business out there todd. i own a meyvn glove and they are very nice and light weight as where as akademas are not a great glove by any means. and akademas have always been over priced. hence not to many people having them. good luck meyvn, you guys have made more noise then akadema has in the 1 year you guys have been around then they have been their whole existance, keep it up!

    • Peter Schiller

      November 23, 2009 at 11:54 am

      Hi Guys,

      I’ll admit that I don’t have a Meyvn glove yet, but I do have 2 Akadema gloves & 1 I like , but the other I LOVE!

      Also, the last time I looked the Meyvn gloves are priced at or above the cost of the Akadema gloves. Akadema has a lot more gloves to choose from so the prices range both above & below that of their Meyvn counterparts, but the Akadema Prosoft series is probably the best series to compare to the Meyvn glove currently available & that Akadema series might even be lower in cost than the Meyvn gloves by around $50.

      One final note, the Meyvn gloves sound just as nice so this is not a reply that is against Meyvn, but rather just trying to set the record straight.

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