All baseball gloves are not created equally. Middle infielders need a different glove than outfielders. The first baseman and the catcher each have their own mitts to pick from, and outfielders would definitely struggle using a glove made for middle infielders. Finding the best baseball glove for your position is an important part of playing the game, and it’s something that all serious ball players need to do if they want to ensure they’re set up for success.
When it comes to baseball gloves, each player tends to have a certain preference. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing your glove, but the following list should help you when the time comes to up your glove game in preparation for next season.
Why We Love It: This incredible glove is meticulously crafted by Mizuno experts in Haga, Japan. It’s a one-of-a-kind glove that’s perfect for all three outfield positions and is made of Japanese-tanned Northern European Kip Leather. The conditioned leather is stronger than any Mizuno glove ever made, so even if you’ve tried a Mizuno glove before, now is the time to try it again.
This limited-edition glove features the Ichiro web, named after the future Major League Baseball Hall of Famer. A huge selling point for one of the best baseball gloves on the market right now is the one-time program where you can send your glove to Mizuno for what they call the “off-season reconditioning program.” Mizuno will make your glove as good as new.
If you’re looking to add an amazing new glove to your bag this offseason, this model is worth every penny, and we’re pretty sure it’ll help you play your best.
Why We Love It: Nokona is known for their high-quality fielding gloves regardless of which position you play. With the X2 Elite, outfielders get a glove made of Nokona’s proprietary top grain Stampede Steerhide and Kangaroo leathers.
The X2 Elite is made for players who are used to exceeding expectations and improving their play in the field. It’s a glove that’s lightweight and incredibly well put together. This glove is made with one of the most durable materials in the world, kangaroo leather that requires minimal break-in.
This glove has a closed web that will help keep balls in your glove when running in on bloopers, and the only downside to it may be you have to watch that your teammates aren’t trying to reach into your bag to “borrow” it when you’re not looking.
Why We Love It: One of the most well-known gloves around the world is the A2000®. This model is a popular choice for middle infielders and third basemen, and is ideal for players who field multiple positions. The glove has a shallower pocket than many other models, and when broken in, it has a flattened, yet flared, shape.
The A2000® 1787 SS was designed with an H web, and Wilson® has done everything in their power to give players of all ages a glove that can help be the difference between 2 and 12 errors in a season.
If you’ve seen any of the baseball glove reviews on the A2000®, you’ve probably noticed this glove is highly durable yet quite light. Wilson was able to achieve this dynamic by using White and Black Pro Stock™ Leather and SuperSkin. These materials make for an all-around comfortable glove without sacrificing anything in the quality arena.
Why We Love It: One of the top baseball glove choices of 2018 is the Rawlings Pro Preferred™ Wing Tip made for infielders. At 11 ¾”, this glove is small enough to allow middle infielders to quickly get the ball out to turn a double play, yet strong enough to snatch those hard liners out of the air when playing the hot corner.
The glove has a PRO I-Web pattern, essentially a single post reinforced bottom that’s lighter and perfect for a middle infielder. It also features Kip Skin Leather that will break in exactly as desired so it gives you a perfect pocket to catch any ball hit your way. The glove is lined with high performance sheepskin to wick moisture away from your hands.
The lacing on this glove is made from USA tanned leather, which is extremely durable rolled leather welting, deer touch finger back lining – it really is the perfect glove for any player, regardless of level.
Why We Love It: Aside from being one of the coolest looking gloves on the field today, this first basemen mitt from Rawlings is by far one of the top baseball gloves on the market today. This is the same type of glove that Rawlings gives to their Major Leaguers, so you can bet it’s a great glove.
Often, young players are unsure about whether a fielding glove inspired by a big league player will actually live up to the hype, but this Anthony Rizzo-named glove far exceeds expectations. Rawlings used only the top materials when designing and constructing it, and the results are undeniable.
This glove is one of the most comfortable and durable gloves you’ll ever wear, and it’s perfect for those players who love a traditional look and feel. The back of it is conventional with a finger pad, while the shell is made with full grain Kip Skin leather.
Why We Love It: Another great first baseman mitt is this 13 inch Marucci 2018 Founders’ glove. Constructed with a double H-Web that evenly distributes tension within the pocket to offer great performance for a longer time period, this glove rivals many in the same class.
The Founders’ Series was developed and tested in Major League Baseball action by one of the best players of the past decade, Chase Utley. Much like all gloves in the Founders’ Series, it’s hand crafted using only the best materials and with great attention to detail, ensuring that each glove is made to last.
This glove is available for both left hand and right hand throwers, has an open back closure and comes with a two-piece back design that keeps its shape and helps scoop up ground balls.
Why We Love It: Being a catcher is arguably one of the toughest positions in sports. You must have an intrinsic and almost instinctual knowledgeable of the game and know the opposing lineup inside and out, so the last thing you want to have to worry about is your gear. You’ll never have to worry about your mitt with the All-Star Pro Elite catcher’s glove.
Breaking in your glove is important no matter what position you play, but for catchers, it’s even that much more important. The All-Star Pro Elite is known for how quickly it can be broken in, not to mention it has a reputation for durability. It forms to your hand, and many catchers say it’s the best mitt they’ve ever used.
This glove is made of exclusive Japanese leather, allowing for a faster break in. It features the best materials and incredible craftsmanship. After just a single game of use, it’s easy to see how well this glove is made.
Why We Love It: This Wilson mitt is in the same class as the All-Star mitt, and can easily be called one the best baseball glove for catchers out there. Built under the guidance of one of the greatest catchers to ever play Major League Baseball, Ivan Rodriguez made sure this A2000 Pudge glove is a must-have for any catcher. And the fact that despite being released in 2017, it’s still on our 2018 list, means you know it’s one of the best!
This glove comes with a half moon web and Dri-Lex® wrist lining that works to keep hands cool and dry during the dog days of summer. It also has a stiffer thumb and extended palm, which improves on both durability and mobility.
Each glove is meticulously made using the best cuts of leather. It breaks in rather quickly, and the Pro Stock™ Leather will last season after season.
Why We Love It: Another Nokona model to make our list is the Alpha S-1150 which is perfect for pitchers. Each glove in the Alpha series requires little to no break in time. The glove is made of high quality American Buffalo and steer hide leathers.
Lightweight but made to last, the Alpha S can withstand any hot shot up the middle. This glove may not be used by all the elite pitchers in Major League Baseball, but that shouldn’t deter you from trying it out.
While some may not think the I-Web is ideal, it does still conceal the ball from opposing batters. Any advantage you can use to get ahead of your competition is an advantage worth trying, and something as simple as the type of web on your glove can do just that.
Why We Love It: Another A2000 to make our baseball glove review is this model, which is ideal for any pitcher. Arguably one of the most well-known baseball brands ever known, Wilson’s A2000 CK22GM is a reliable glove that some of the greatest players in the sport use.
This model in particular is the game model used by one of the best starting pitchers today – Los Angeles Dodger’s Clayton Kershaw. Designed for an elite pitcher, the A2000 CK22GM looks and feels great when throwing off the rubber.
It has a two-piece closed web that’s ideal for hiding the ball and strong enough to take one of those rockets back through the middle by even the hardest hitters in the game. It was made with high quality Pro Stock™ Leather that’s soft but durable. When you first get the glove, it may feel stiff, but rest assured it will break in quickly.
Gloves for specific positions are necessary for most players. While an outfielder can use a glove made for a pitcher, and a pitcher technically can do the same, gloves made for first basemen and catchers can’t be used elsewhere. If you’re a player who bounces between the infield and outfield, you would need to find a glove that gives you the best of both worlds.
The components of a baseball glove are pretty complex. Gloves are not just a single piece of leather. A baseball glove is made up of different parts, including the web, fingers, heel, palm and more. Together these components make up the different reasons that make some gloves better than others.
Baseball gloves come in all styles, shapes and sizes. If a glove is made for a certain position, then a lot of time and effort was put into its design to give players all the tools they need to succeed.
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