A baseball glove is the player’s best friend in the field. With the correct glove, you can field more balls and get the ball out of the glove easily for a quick throw. It is important to choose the right style, size and glove type so that perform your best on the field.
There are different types of gloves available for different fielding positions:
- Catcher: A fingerless mitt, has heavy padding to reduce the sting from the pitcher’s throw and is reinforced to withstand heavy use.
- First base: Resembles a mitten, but has less padding than a catcher’s mitt. It is longer to help the first base player field throws from infielders and has a shallow pocket to allow the first baseman to retrieve the ball quickly from the mitt.
- Infield: A five fingered long glove with a shallow pocket. Sizes vary between youths and adults. A softball infielder glove has a deeper pocket to accept the bigger ball. Second basemen need a smaller glove to help make those quick throws and maintain control. Shortstops use something in the middle and third base players need a larger glove.
- Outfield: Gloves have a deeper pocket to handle balls which are hit high in the air and are longer in length to give as much reach as possible.
It is important to choose the size of the baseball glove based on the position that you most frequently play. Outfielders need larger gloves and should choose one 12.5 inches long or larger. Infielders are better off with smaller gloves to get the ball out quickly. They should choose an 11 to 12.5 inch model.
There are three choices of material you can choose: leather, treated leather and synthetic materials. Leather gloves offer the most durability and comfort. Treated leather is softer and easier to break in. Synthetic material gloves are lighter, less expensive and are a good choice for a younger player.
Try on a variety of styles such as open or closed back, deep or shallow pocket, different webbing and wrist adjustments. It comes down to personal preferences so it is up to you decide which style you are most comfortable with.
At Sportsmart we stock a variety of gloves which you can try on and judge for yourself. You can view our range of baseball gloves online or visit our stores and get advice from our bat ‘n’ ball staff on choosing the right kind of glove for your needs.