The iconic Heart of the Hide line from Rawlings has returned with the quality and reliability that loyal ballplayers have come to expect. These Players’ model gloves are designed specifically to meet the game models of some of Major League Baseball’s best players.
The PROSCM41JB-MOL is the same pattern worn by MLB catcher Yadier Molina. This glove is 34” in diameter and is designed with a 1-piece, Closed web. The web flexes to ensure a firm stick upon catching, but carries plenty of padding for durability for added longevity.
The palm and web are composed of Rawlings’ classic Heart of the Hide, steer hide leather. Since 1958, this premium steer hide has been the center of the Heart of the Hide collection and set the standard for not only Rawlings, but other glove manufacturers. The Heart of the Hide (HOH) leather is soft, but durable – giving the player a long-lasting glove that forms to the pocket s/he desires; which are qualities that players have come to expect from the HOH line.
The shell is composed of Rawlings’ “Pro Mesh” – a lightweight, sturdy material. By using the Pro Mesh synthetic material on the shell, the PROSCM41JB-MOL is 15% lighter, without sacrificing quality. This mesh backing also breaks in quicker than a full leather shell, taking the player less time to create the perfect pocket.
The hand opening features a conventional, open back with a laced binding. The conventional back allows for extra ventilation, while the laced binding provides a secure and snug fit – keeping the glove in place, even during the toughest plays.
Keeping the glove together, the lacing throughout the HOH series is made from USA-tanned leather. This leather is extremely strong, so the player can worry less about a hard hit or fast thrown ball breaking brittle laces, and more about securing the ball in the pocket. Looking at the inside, Poron XRD palm padding has been added to reduce the impact of the ball once it hits the mitt; while the mitt is lined with a Deer-tanned cowhide for a smooth, comfortable feel.
Upon arrival, the HOH is about 40% factory broken-in, leaving the player to do about 60% of the work. This ratio allows the player to create a personalized pocket in less time than some other high-end gloves on the market.
This is an amazing glove with a great and comfortable shape, and great protection. Having said that, make sure you practice proper glove maintenance because you could buy a $500 glove, but if you don't break it in properly and maintain it it will flop and crease on you. Watch Wilson's glove guru, Aso, to learn how to break it in the right way. Don't steam it or stick it under your mattress as it will not form a good pocket. To maintain it, always keep a ball in the glove (in the pocket that you form) to keep its shape. Most importantly, play a lot of catch so that it will mold to the shape of your hand. With all this, you will have yourself a great glove that will give you a lot of miles. I love mine and would hesitate to buy anything but a Rawlings.Review by Drey (Posted on 9/5/2013)
My old glove was an a2000 and for what I've seen so far in this glove I like this way better. It is a good fit and very lightweight and comfortable. It was a reasonably fast break in time and by saying that, I'm hoping it doesn't get too floppy too fast. For a 34" glove, it feels a little small but the size of it is a nice size to comfort and control. I like the idea of the proof padding, I can't feel anything if I take an 80mph fastball off the palm. I would say someone could catch 95mph off the palm and you wouldn't get a large sting. The thing I needed to get used to was the mesh. It feels a bit different at first on my finger that is out but I got used to it in about a week. Overall, this is the best glove I have ever had and I would recommend it to anybody.Review by Sid (Posted on 5/17/2013)